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New Faculty Orientation

Your first semester at UH Hilo will be both exciting and challenging, as you begin teaching new classes, establishing your research agenda, taking on service activities, and becoming familiar with and settling into the amazing island environment.

We are committed to your success at UH Hilo and want to make your transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The New Faculty Orientation is designed to do just that!

Day One of the New Faculty Orientation—Hoʻokamaʻāina—provides you with an experiential introduction to the natural environments, history and culture of Hilo. The excursion is facilitated by the Office of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement.

Day Two of the New Faculty Orientation provides you with a brief introduction to many topics that will assist you in preparing for a successful semester, such as an introduction to the library services for you and your students, ADA compliance and support for students with disabilities, and Laulima (the UH Hilo course management system) for face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and online courses.

New faculty orientation for Fall 2016 will be held on two half days: Tuesday and Wednesday August 16-17, 2016. A detailed schedule can be found below.

Contact: Māhealani Jones, Graduate Division and Articulation Specialist

New Faculty Mentoring

New faculty members who would like to be paired with senior faculty members for their first academic year (and possibly longer) should contact VCAA Matthew Platz. Likewise, if you are a senior faculty member who would like to mentor a new faculty member at UH Hilo, please let us know.

New Faculty Brown Bag Lunches

Faculty members are invited to participate in New Faculty Brown Bag Lunches. These one-hour get-togethers focus on supporting one aspect of your appointment duties; please see the schedule below.

Brown Bag Sessions 2016-2017

Second Tuesdays (unless noted)
11:15 AM- 12:15 PM

Date & Location:


September 13, 2016
Student Services Building

Working with Underrepresented / Diverse Students
Ginger Hamilton, Director Minority Access and Achievement Program (MAAP) & Students
September 27, 2016
UCB 115
Classroom Multimedia Demonstration
Matt Baldwin, Media Design and Production Specialist
October 11, 2016
Library Reference Desk
Library Services
Library Staff
October 25, 2016
Library 359
STAR Advising
Susan Brown, Interim Dean, CAS
Dolly Roth, STAR Degree Audit Coordinator
November 1, 2016
Library 359
STAR Advising
Susan Brown, Interim Dean, CAS
Dolly Roth, STAR Degree Audit Coordinator
November 15, 2016 (3rd Tuesday)
Library 359
Freshman Advising

STAR GPS Registration
Kainoa Ariola, Director, Advising Center

Misaki Takabayashi, Interim Associate Dean, CAS
December 6, 2016 (1st Tuesday)
Library 359

Cindy Yamaguchi, Online Learning and Teaching Specialist (40 Minutes)

Comfort Sumida, Senior Advisor (10 Minutes)
January 17, 2017 (3rd Tuesday)
UCB 318
Contract Renewal and Building a Dossier
Susan Brown, Interim Dean, CAS
February 14, 2017
CoBE 211
Faculty Congress

UHPA Faculty Union
Norbert Furumo, Faculty Congress Chair 2016-2017, Associate Professor and Chair, Chemistry

Norman Arancon, UHPA Board of Directors Member, Associate Professor, Horticulture
March 14, 2017
CoBE 101

Health & Wellness Services / Identifying & Assisting Students in Distress

Hawaiʻi Papa o Ke Ao

Sulma Gandhi, Program Director, Student Health and Wellness Programs and Andrew Polloi, Clinical Team Leader and Mental Health Counselor, , Counseling Services (20 Minutes)

Taupōuri Tangarō, Director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement
April 11, 2017
CoBE 101



Emmeline de Pillis, ALEX Coordinator and Professor, Management (15 Minutes)

Terrilani Chong, Research Administrator and Ken Hon, Chair, UH Hilo Research Council and Professor, Geology

Kilohana: The Academic Success Center

Kilohana's mission is to support the learning and retention of all UH Hilo students by fostering the development of independent, self-motivated learners through subject-specific support and academic skills development. This is accomplished by building a network with other units on campus so that faculty and the other members of the campus community are aware of, and utilize effectively, the full spectrum of services that support success.

Kilohana tutors work from three main locations on campus. These are the Writing Center in LRC 123 (first floor of the Mookini Library), the Science Center in STB 117, and the Math Center in CH 5.

All of our tutors are UH Hilo students selected for their academic achievement and dedication to helping others succeed. Additionally, all Kilohana peer tutors complete a rigorous training program.

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