Pascale Chapdelaine, Sara Wharton and Noel SempleNew law professors Pascale Chapdelaine, Sara Wharton and Noel Semple enjoy lunch at Kerr House during new faculty orientation Monday.

Sessions orient new faculty members to UWindsor campus

The University of Windsor’s focus on teaching proved attractive to new faculty members attending orientation this week. Sessions Monday and Tuesday focused on the research and teaching requirements to establish and academic career, segueing into the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s Summer Series.

“There are so many people here for me to learn from,” said Noel Semple, who began a position in the Faculty of Law last month. “The teaching technology is light years ahead.”

His colleague Pascale Chapdelaine, who had also been teaching at the University of Toronto, called herself “very enthusiastic” at beginning a tenure-track job here.

“The school evidently places a strong emphasis on teaching excellence,” Chapdelaine said. “I am learning about the amazing resources available to us.”

The two numbered among about a dozen newcomers attending workshops offering information on the tenure process, support services and campus technologies. An informal luncheon Monday at the faculty association’s Kerr House gave them a chance for informal discussion about local amenities.

“I am really looking forward to discovering the region,” said Chapdelaine. “There seems to be a lot going on in this city.”

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