LSU Welcomes 95 New Faculty to Campus This Fall

President F. King Alexander welcomed 95 new faculty to campus on Tuesday morning at the new faculty orientation hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs.   ““As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU is often called on to the lead the state and we are glad you are here to heed that call,” said President Alexander. “It has also never been more important for us to ensure that our students make it through to graduation with the skills they need to succeed, and we know you’re up to the challenge. Thank you for being a part of our team.”

Followed by an additional round of welcomes from Senior Vice Provost Jane Cassidy, College of Art and Design Dean Alkis P. Tsolakis and Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope, Associate Professor Bill Wischusen jumpstarted the day’s conversation on classroom management.  

Wischusen is well known around campus for teaching very large classes, claiming to have taught more than 12,000 students. “While I’ve not seen it all, I’ve seen a lot,” chuckled Wischusen.  Several other faculty members also gave presentations on topics ranging from syllabus construction to facilitating faculty research.

“I really enjoyed the session on classroom management,” said Carol Wilson, a new assistant professor in the College of Science.  “The pair and share idea is definitely something I plan to incorporate into my classes this fall to get students to talk amongst themselves about the subject they’re learning.”

Culminating the event was a $22,000 check presentation from Campus Federal to support the Academic Affairs Teaching Enhancement Travel Fund.

All told, new faculty from every college attended orientation. “I am delighted to welcome LSU’s incoming faculty class,” says Rick Koubek, interim executive vice president and provost.  “As we build our faculty with aspirations to increase the prominence of LSU, each new faculty member is critically important to moving us forward.”  

According to Koubek, the Office of Academic Affairs recently approved another round of faculty hires for FY 15-16 to better meet the needs of our students and drive interdisciplinary research endeavors. For more information on new faculty orientation or other faculty enrichment opportunities, please click here or email provost@lsu.edu.