Monday, August 24, 2015

[053] MTSU staffers greet new faculty at orientation in Student Union

MURFREESBORO — Newly hired MTSU faculty members have received their introduction to the offices and departments that will serve them as the start of the academic year approaches.

More than 70 new faculty members were invited to the second floor of the Student Union Tuesday, Aug. 18, where they visited table after table of fellow employees armed with information that will help them navigate the university infrastructure.

“We are very pleased to have such an impressive, diverse and enthusiastic group of new faculty members this year,” said Newtona “Tina” Johnson, interim vice provost for academic affairs.

Some of them shared their visions for assisting students when they enter MTSU classrooms for the first time.

“I’m working on a version of ‘Uncle Vanya’ that I think will be a little bit more accessible,” said assistant professor of theatre and dance Halena Kays, referring to the classic play by Anton Chekhov.

Kevin Krahenbuhl, an assistant professor of educational leadership, said he will focus on the relationship between teaching and learning with an emphasis on cognitive science, the understanding of how the brain functions in communicating and processing information.

“Based on the number of new faculty that attended this morning’s very successful new faculty orientation, I believe our academic departments and colleges have recruited an energetic and committed group of educators,” said Johnson. “I wish our new colleagues the best as they embark in their professional journey at MTSU.”

Some of the personnel assisting new faculty included staffers from the Center for Educational Media, University Police, the Office of News and Media Relations, the James E. Walker Library, Creative and Visual Services, and the Office of the Provost

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