Nearly 90 new faculty members joined CU Denver for the 2016-17 academic year. Many of the new faculty recently attended a two-day orientation, developed by Margaret Wood, director of the Center for Faculty Development.
The orientation began with greetings from Chancellor Dorothy Horrell. The chancellor welcomed attendees to CU Denver, their “new professional home.” She pointed out that faculty recruitment is careful and deliberate, leading to hires who will create the best possible environment for teaching and scholarship.
Horrell also described the 80-day Reach Out and Listen Tour, which she launched early in 2016 to create a shared direction for CU Denver by listening to faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders. During her conversations, she said that students told her that what they like best about CU Denver is its diversity. “We are proud of that,” she said.
She also told the new faculty that on the tour, she consistently heard praise for CU Denver faculty.
“The truth is that you are the reason our students come here,” Horrell said. “You are the heart of our mission.”
Horrell asked the faculty to always focus on their students to ensure that students get the best return on the resources they are investing in their education. She acknowledged there are competing demands on faculty time, but she asked the new faculty to give serious thought to what it means to be a public urban research university.
“The community is our classroom,” she said. “Denver is a vibrant city with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our challenge is to discover how, with applied scholarship, we can be an asset to the city.”