To our newest Warriors:
It is such an honor to be one of the first to welcome you to Stanislaus State. Welcoming new faculty is always an exciting time for me personally. That is because each of you brings a refreshing vibrancy, impressive expertise in your individual fields, and diverse life experiences that enrich our campus in so many ways.
As one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system, the largest and most diverse higher education system in the nation, Stanislaus State prides itself on being accessible and affordable, while also delivering high-quality education to our students. As the only public, 4-year university in our 6-county region, Stanislaus State plays a critical role in mobilizing the next generation of innovators and leaders in the Central Valley. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and with a population of over 70% first-generation college students, Stan State is truly a game-changer for many in our community. Our commitment to student success, in particular the success of non-traditional and first- generation college students, has been highlighted by a number of national accolades including a recent ranking by Money Magazine as number one among public institutions for helping students to exceed expectations.
Our faculty members are the most critical component to achieving student success at Stanislaus State. You are the ones entrusted to guide the minds of our students and impart upon them knowledge, skills, wisdom, new perspectives, and so much more. Without you and without our students, we are without purpose. So, let me be one of the first to say – we are so glad you are here!
This years’ New Faculty Survival Guide is intended to help you navigate your first several years with us at Stan State. Let this be your go-to place for information about the many amazing resources available to both part-time and full-time faculty. Stan State offers a robust schedule of informational workshops, faculty development opportunities and exciting activities put forward by the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning housed in our beautiful John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center – so take advantage! Most notable in the lineup of exciting development and networking opportunities is our newly initiated Untenured Faculty Organization (UFO) that seeks to connect and support our new and untenured faculty as you begin your journey toward promotion and tenure.
I wish each of you the very best as you pursue your personal and professional goals. With excitement and gratitude,
Kimberly Greer, Ph.D.