Creating a welcoming atmosphere and setting the foundation for positive working relationships throughout new faculty careers begins with thoughtful, comprehensive onboarding. By ensuring access to all pertinent information and resources, the university communicates to new faculty that they are valued members of their work units and departments. Faculty members who feel valued are more likely to be positive, engaged and committed to the university’s organizational success. They are also more likely to stay for the duration of their academic careers.
To guarantee a smooth, transparent and inclusive onboarding process, consider creating a department-specific check list of the following tasks, assigning appropriate time lines and personnel to oversee them. Onboarding is an opportunity to build trust and positive working relationships while ensuring that all new faculty members are given the same access to information and resources.