Two Days of Intense New Faculty Orientation
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After attending a two-day orientation session on September 20 and 21,
nineteen new faculty members joined AUB this fall. Five out of the new
faculty are AUB graduates and for seven of them it represents their first
The orientations included general meetings with President John Waterbury,
Provost Peter Heath, the deans of the faculties, the Acting Dean of Students,
and heads of administrative units of the University, such as the Office
of the Registrar, University Health Services, University Libraries, Center
for Teaching and Learning, Human Resources, Office of Grants and Contracts,
Academic Computing Center, and Computing and Networking Services.
In welcoming the new faculty members, President Waterbury spoke of academic
integrity and how AUB seeks to maintain it. "I call on you to respect
this academic integrity and to abide by the faculty code of conduct
While doing research you should carefully acknowledge the works of others,"
said the president, adding, "I am sure you will find AUB a challenging
place; our students are smart and creative and they rise to any challenge."
Provost Peter Heath, on his part, commented about the three existing cultures
at AUB, saying, "For those of you who were AUB students, you know
better what goes on at the student level, but now the tables are turned
and you are on the other side of the table. The adjustment at the present
will be in facing the challenge to learn about the institution, aspects
of teaching, and aspects of the administration. There are three cultures
at AUB: the official culture, departmental culture, and student culture.
We hope to unify certain aspects among the cultures so we can reduce them
at the end to one: which is the university culture," said the provost.
The provost spoke of the functions of his office and about the websites
the faculty should consult to learn about issues of governance, policies,
and procedures, and before making departmental decisions.
New Faculty Facilitator Rima Iskandarani saw the new faculty's determination
to come to Beirut despite the war as very heart-warming. She said, "When
people were evacuating during the war, I was receiving e-mails from them
saying we are coming and are more than ever determined to come to Lebanon."
Rima Iskandarani is not only pleased with this year's group, she is also
amazed at the efficiency of AUB's departments despite the war. "While
still abroad, the new faculty were given all the services they needed.
For example, the Auxiliary Services provided a smooth transition by making
sure their belongings were shipped to Lebanon.
Human Resources and the deans' offices were very helpful as well, despite
the hostilities that left services almost impossible to maintain,"