Thrive in 5!

On-boarding | New Faculty Conference | Faculty Development Days | New Faculty Mentoring | Conversations with Carlos & Tammy

Thrive in 5 is a series of five key events to welcome new faculty into the Southeast teaching and learning community and communicate the core Southeast values of student success, teaching excellence, access and diversity, and community. Some of these events occur in a day, some occur over a series of days, and some reoccur over the course of the academic year.

Thrive in 5 introduces new faculty to benefits and facilities available to the Southeast community. The events provide basic information and orientation to navigate the challenges of the first year. New faculty are connected with experienced Southeast faculty early in the process for guidance with both the University ecosystem and with the surrounding area. Once the semester starts, the Thrive in 5 program extends into the academic year with seven themed events led by the President or the Provost.


  • 1
    On-Boarding

    August 1 KL215


    Beginning Moodle Training Part 1 9:00 a.m.

    Sign Up Here

    HR Orientation for new Faculty 2:00 p.m.

    August 2


    Sexual Harassment Prevention Training 9:00 a.am. (UC)

    HR Paperwork for New Hires 10:00 a.m. (KL311)

    Goose Chase Activity Get to Know the Campus 10:00 a.m. (KL305)

    University Portraits Taken 10:00 a.am. (KL305)

    Get Keys, Parking Passes, IDs, See Department Heads 10:00 a.m. (KL305)

    SupportNET Intro Training 1:00 p.m. (KL215)

  • 2
    New Faculty Conference

    New Faculty Conference

    Wednesday August 8, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., University Center

    Breakfast 8:00

    Provost Welcome and Inspirational 8:20 a.m.

    Get to know each other activity 8:50 a.m.

    Concurrent Session 9:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

    Best Practices of College Teaching

    Work Smarter not Harder

    Academic Advising

    Tools Session (Office 365; Portal)

    Flexible Teaching

    Lunch with Dr. Vargas and his cabinet (Exploring the University’s Core Values: Student Success) 12:00 p.m.

    Community and Living in SEMO Panel (Exploring the University’s Core Values: Community) 2:00 p.m.

    Thursday August 9, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. University Center

    Breakfast (Exploring the University’s Core Values: Excellence) 8:00 a.m.

    Culturally Responsive Teaching (Exploring the University’s Core Values: Access & Diversity) 8:45 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions @Kent Library 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

    Tour of Library

    Services the Library Provides to Faculty

    Lunch with the Library Staff 12:00 p.m.

    Who are our students? 1:00 p.m.

    Past TEW Participants Words of Wisdom 2:00 p.m.

    Friday August 10, 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. University Center

    Breakfast with Mentors 8:00 a.m.

    Resource Fair Campus Life 8:30 a.m.

    Concurrent Session 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

    Promotion & Tenure

    Work Smarter not Harder

    Flexible Teaching

    Designing Teaching Starting from learning Outcomes

    CSTL Support for Teachers

    Lunch with Deans, Cape Girardeau Country Club 12:30 p.m.

  • 3
    Faculty Development Day

    Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Faculty Development Day is a faculty networking and professional development event hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning. The event focuses on a core theme affecting teaching and learning across all disciplines, and features keynote presentations as well as more practical breakout sessions. Faculty Development Days recur the Wednesday before the official start of classes in the Fall and Spring semesters. The theme for Fall 2018 is culturally responsive teaching.

    Sign Up Here

  • 4
    New Faculty Mentoring

    New faculty will be assigned mentors and they will meet with them throughout the first year.

  • 5
    Conversations with Carlos & Talks with Tammy

    Special Event Dates


    2018 2019
    New Faculty Family BBQ / August 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. New Faculty Breakfast / February 1, 7:30-9 a.m.
    New Faculty Breakfast / October 3, 7:30-9 a.m. New Faculty Lunch / March 21, Noon-1:30 p.m.
    New Faculty Lunch / November 7, Noon-1:30 p.m. New Faculty Social / May 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
    New Faculty Social / December 6, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Southeast Values

    Student Success- Southeast Missouri State University values student-centered education and experiential learning through engaged and adaptive modes in and beyond the classroom in a safe, friendly, supportive environment that offers academic and career achievement for our students.

    Excellence - Southeast Missouri State University values sustained commitment to quality teaching, service, research, and creative activities integrated into impactful academic and co-curricular programs that offer students a transformative educational experience.

    Access & Diversity - Southeast Missouri State University values access to high quality, affordable education with a broadly representative student body, faculty, and staff that respects and celebrates a diverse learning community in a global society.

    Community - Southeast Missouri State University values an engaged campus learning community committed through shared purposes and service; sustained by respect, accountability, and adaptability; and strengthened through collaborative partnerships that extend the expertise and accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, and alumni beyond the campus.