New Faculty Institute

Welcome to TU. New faculty members and librarians grow and thrive in our academic community.

New Faculty Institute: Supporting Student Success

Monday, August 16, 2021

You will be provided with important information about student success. This information will assist you in your work as a faculty member and will enhance your knowledge about resources and issues that will help you to be successful at Towson University!


session VIDEO LINK

Division of Academic Affairs Student Services Panel

Sara Arnold-Garza, Assistant University Librarian for Access Services
Gail Gibbs, Director of International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO)
Eric Welkos, Coordinator of Transfer Advising Programs
Elysa Newman, Director for Athletic Academic Achievement
Wayne Robertson, Director of Writing Center
Elizabeth Scarbrough, Director of Tutoring & Learning Center


Division of Student Affairs Student Services Panel

Stephanie Austin, Interim Director of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility
Robyn McCray, Associate Director of Accessibility & Disability Services
Amy Morales, Management of Student Case Management, Office of VP of Student Affairs
Phillips Thomas Hornbuckle, Director of Center for Student Diversity
Maria Wydra, Clinical Director of Counseling Center


from the office of the provost 

Welcome to Towson University

On behalf of the entire university community, welcome to Towson University.

TU is a strong and vibrant institution focused on providing an outstanding education for undergraduate and graduate students. You are joining a faculty who model the ideal of scholar-teachers, steadfastly creating new knowledge and new creative works while maintaining the highest standards in the classroom. TU is recognized as a top public university in the nation, offering a comprehensive array of academic programs in education, the liberal arts, sciences, health professions, business, communications, and fine arts. Embedded in this distinction is a commitment from our respected faculty and dedicated staff to create rich scholarly and professional opportunities for every learner within our diverse community of nearly 23,000 students.

Although TU is the second largest university in Maryland, we maintain a small school feel by engaging students in research, creative activity, and experiential learning. TU has a long history of receiving University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Awards. These awards have been for teaching, research, mentoring, and public service. We are certain that you will build upon the foundation of faculty excellence that your colleagues have established, and we are very pleased that you have joined us at TU.

Melanie Perreault
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs  

About the (Full-Time Faculty) Program

The New Faculty Institute (NFI) program was designed to assist new full-time faculty and librarians with the transition to their new roles on campus. NFI provides peer learning settings for understanding university climate and organization, using technology and instructional tools, and identifying key resources for being successful in the faculty role at TU.

The program is comprised of orientation events and technology trainings before the start of the fall semester as well as a series of workshop offerings throughout the academic year to equip new faculty and librarians with the tools and information needed to successfully acclimate you to our campus community.