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New Faculty Orientation

New faculty members of the professoriate at Stanford typically attend several required orientations in their transition to Stanford:

1. Benefits orientation through University Human Resources (UHR) within 30 days of the appointment start date. 

2. University New Faculty Orientation (NFO).  The 2014 Fall Orientation will be held on September 9, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with reception following. New assistant, associate and full professors RVSP by sending an email to

3. Meetings in their departments with relevant staff to get oriented to department and school-specific processes.

4. For those who will be Principal Investigators at Stanford, a meeting with the staff in the Office of the Dean of Research is important to cover major policy and compliance matters related to sponsored-research.

Please see the New Faculty Checklist section on this page for more details and necessary "to-do" items at various stages of your transition to Stanford.

Downloadable Resource Documents (PDF)

Offices that Support You

Information about the campus offices that support faculty in a variety of ways:

Suggested Selected Readings for Assistant Professors

At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator. By Kathy Barker.  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. 2002.  Recommended for new assistant professors in lab settings.

Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering. By Rick Reis.  IEEE and Wiley Inter-Science.  First published 1997.  Online edition released 2012.

Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty. By Wendy C. Crone.  Morgan&Claypool Publishers. 2010.

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 2006.

Tomorrow's Professor Newsletter

Tomorrow's Professor eNewlsetter provides "Desk-top Faculty Development, One Hundred Times A Year" through email postings of key topics related to the everyday life of a college or university professor.  The newsletter was published in a book, currently in its second edition, with the same title. The mailing list is hosted through Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning and currently has over 49,000 subscribers at over 700 institutions and organizations in over 100 countries around the world.  Topics discussed included the academe, students, postdocs, careers, teaching, learning, research, administration, leadership and worklife balance. Faculty members are encouraged to subscribe.  The Tomorrow's Professor archives and more information about the newsletter are available online.