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UR Year One

UR Year One rests on the recognition that our faculty represent the single greatest investment we make as an institution.

Its workshops, seminars, and social events are designed to reinforce the support new faculty receive from their academic departments and to send and unmistakable signal that we value our faculty as the key to University of Rochester’s bright future.

Through these activities we aim to increase knowledge and foster alliances that fuel career progress and bond new faculty to the Rochester community. We extend a warm and welcoming invitation to all to join us.

Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

August 24, 2017

New Faculty Orientation: Launching Academic Careers at Rochester

8:00am - 2:30pm | Staybridge Suites

Complimentary breakfast and lunch

Join President Seligman and University leaders for a University-wide new faculty orientation highlighting the tools necessary to succeed, including Support for Learning Excellence and Support for Research and Scholarship, followed by concurrent Discipline-Specific Discussions.


Unconscious Bias and the Impact on Our Academic Environments

11:30am - 2:00pm | Staybridge Suites

Complimentary lunch served 11:30am - 12:30pm

Unconscious or implicit bias affects everyone and can have a significant influence on our attitudes and behaviors. Unconscious bias can influence key decisions in the workplace and contribute to inequality in recruitment, promotions, and performance appraisals of students and colleagues. This workshop will provide participants with knowledge about bias, the impact of cultural norms and work values on our academic environment, and strategies for reducing bias in the workplace.


New Faculty Reception with Provost Clark

5:30pm - 6:45pm | The Patrick Barry House

Hors d'oeuvres and cockatils served


September 9, 2017 

Faculty Family Picnic

11:00am - 2:00pm | Eastman Quadrangle

Complimentary picnic-style lunch

Meet other new families within our University community during this fun-filled family picnic. Complimentary tickets to the Clothesline Festival, the Memorial Art Gallery’s annual fine arts and craft festival, are available upon request.


October 21, 2017

Eastman Community Music School Showcase

3:30pm - 5:00pm | Hatch Hall, Eastman School of Music

Concert followed by a cockatil reception

Expect to be engaged and entertained by a lively musical program ranging from jazz to musical theater, to classical pieces performed by students from 6 years of age to adult.


October 23, 2017

Publish and Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar

9:00am - 12:00pm | Whipple Auditorium, URMC Room 2-6424

Attend this spirited and informative workshop led by author and scholar Tara Gray, and learn how to increase your productivity by a factor of three: write prose that is clearer, better organized, and more compelling.


Ten Ways to Manage Your Time

1:45pm - 3:45pm | Whipple Auditorium, URMC Room 2-6424

This session will assist you in developing strategies and concrete practices to open up some “space” in our lives in which we can reflect, consider the long term, and function more productively in our daily lives.


November 15, 2017

Teaching Fundamentals: Tools to Demystify Course Planning and Assessment

11:30am - 2:00pm | Feldman Ballroom, River Campus

Complimentary lunch 

Learn how to set learning objectives, build course plans, and assess learning during this interactive workshop. Participants will develop sample course maps, test blueprints and Assessment Tracking Maps in order to document progress for student learning and personal goals.


December 5, 2017

Introduction to Mindfulness

11:30am - 2:00pm| Location TBD

Complimentary lunch

Empower yourself! Learn techniques that awaken your body and mind, making you fully present in the moment and aware of your emotions while reducing anxiety and stress.


December 10, 2017

Family Day at the Memorial Art Gallery

9:30am - 12:00pm | Memorial Art Gallery

Complimentary brunch 

Join us for our ninth annual showcase of art and educational programs. Complimentary brunch, museum admission, and a variety of graits Creative Workshop art classes will be offered.


January 30, 2018

Understanding Research Impact

11:30am - 2:00pm | Location TBD

Complimentary lunch 

In this interactive workshop you will learn how to manage your scholarly identity and boost your research impact. Learn time-saving strategies and get an introduction to the tools the University of Rochester has in place to connect you with colleagues, discover collaborators, manage research data, find funders, and expose your work to new audiences.


February 15, 2018 

When Students Are Struggling, Troubled, or Troubling: Sources of Insight and Assistance

11:30am - 2:00pm | Location TBD

Complimentary lunch

Gain perspectives from University experts on how to recognize the signs of distress, when to seek outside support, understanding the legal issues involved when handling difficult situations, and how to be a source of effective support.


March 26, 2018 

Exploring (Dis)abilities in Academia

11:30am - 2:00pm | Location TBD

Complimentary lunch

This session will be led by scholar Diane Wiener, PhD, Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center. The Center is the first of its kind to be located in a student-affairs division rather than a disability services office.


Aprill 11, 2018 

Perspectives on the Promotion Process

11:30am - 2:00pm | Location TBD

Complimentary lunch

This session will focus on the first step: getting promoted to associate professor. In conversations at three levels: with the provost, who provides the University-wide perspective; with school deans, who explain the procedural steps; and with recently promoted faculty colleagues, who speak to their personal experience, this seminar will start to demystify the process and clarify the path.