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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is an important first step for new faculty to learn about NYU’s offices and resources that provide support for research, scholarship, and teaching. NFO provides information about NYU policies, resources, and networking opportunities.

This page was created to introduce new faculty to NYU prior to the NFO in-person session.

Niyati Parekh
Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives

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Center for Faculty Advancement

The Center for Faculty Advancement (CFA) is devoted to faculty support and dev­elop­ment—from recruit­ment to career ad­vance­ment—through­out the faculty life cycle.

Our goal is to foster both individual scholars and the academic community at large by enhancing research and teaching excellence within NYU and promoting public engagement with the world outside of NYU.

We accomplish this by providing knowledge, resources, and engagement opportunities that: prepare faculty to meet key career milestones such as tenure, promotion, and contract renewal; develop faculty academic leadership capacity; and facilitate faculty members’ ability to connect to, and positively impact, diverse communities.

Services & Opportunities

Early Career Faculty Institute

The Early Career Faculty Institute (ECFI) is aimed at mentoring newly appointed NYU faculty. The program is offered to tenure-track, clinical, and contract faculty. The opt-in ECFI program comprises 8 modules, span­ning 18 months, and fosters the pro­duc­tiv­ity, success, and retention of NYU’s early career faculty.

Pedagogy and Learning Design

The CFA partners with the Learning and Experience Design team within the Office of the Provost to support teaching inno­vation and excellence through con­sul­ta­tions about teaching and course design, teaching obser­vations, TeachTalks, peda­gogy workshops, and special ini­tia­tives. Request a consultation to learn more about these services.

Professional and Leadership Development

CFA offers a range of professional and leadership development programs throughout the faculty lifecycle. From writing workshops to equity-minded leadership, the CFA partners with Academic Impressions, the NYU Office of Human Resources, the NYU Office of Equal Opportunity, and the NYU Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools to meet faculty needs and interests.


The Immersive Technology Lab (iTLAB) supports faculty interested in exploring the potential of XR (eXtended Reality) technologies. Our services include guided introductions to virtual reality, intermediate and advanced VR workshops, immersive software training, and guidance determining the best methods to achieve your goals and innovate with these emerging technologies.

Pathways Programs

NYU’s pathway programs are intrinsic to the mission of the CFA and may provide future opportunities for faculty engagement. For example, College and Career Lab (CCL), a mentoring program for underserved NYC middle and high school students, offers faculty unique teaching experiences with pre-college students and a chance to nurture passions for higher education and careers. Faculty First Look programs provide opportunities for underrepresented scholars to interact with NYU faculty, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students, deans, and administrators, in an effort to help scholars better understand and be more prepared to launch a faculty career.


Academic Impressions, a higher-education consulting organization, delivers a range of both in-person and online resources to better equip faculty with the tools to become leaders in their respective departments, programs, offices, and/or administrative units. All NYU faculty members may create an account on the Academic Impressions website using their “” email address to utilize the online resources membership.

NYU has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD has on-demand access to mentoring, tools, and support services for faculty at various stages, including writing boot camps, leadership training, and general advice to support faculty throughout their careers. You may register for an individualized profile using your NetID.

The Faculty Resource Network (FRN), managed by the CFA, is an academic partnership that promotes faculty development, academic leadership development, and collaboration among higher education institutions across the United States. Now in its fourth decade, the FRN remains committed to fostering connection, collaboration, and community among and between its member institutions.

Key People

Charlton McIlwain, Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development
Niyati Parekh, Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives
Usheevii King, Assistant Vice Provost, Faculty Engagement and Development

Website & Contact Info 

WebsiteCenter for Faculty Advancement 
Main office:  212-998-4555

Early Career Faculty Institute

The Early Career Faculty Institute (ECFI) is a multilevel mentoring program for early career tenure-track and contract faculty. Spanning 18 months, this opt-in program is designed to foster pro­duc­tiv­ity, success, and retention of NYU’s early career faculty. ECFI’s focus on incorporating best practices in mentoring from top US universities and helping participants build a network of mentors ensures that they feel supported in their broader professional lives.


ECFI comprises eight modules for faculty, with additional programming for mentors of faculty enrolled in ECFI , networking events, and guest speaker sessions on timely topics in higher education. The modules comprise: interactive sessions with senior faculty, presentations from relevant offices at NYU, and small-group teamwork. The ECFI also organizes a Writing Salon, where multidisciplinary academic writers from across NYU meet bi-weekly to enhance their productivity through uninterrupted writing time.


Year 1

Faculty identify short- and long-term goals, and create an Individual Development Plan to evaluate their success in reaching benchmarks. They are introduced to modules on scholarship and funding opportunities, publishing and portfolio work, and innovative teaching both inside and outside the classroom. Importantly, faculty identify potential mentors and start building their mentoring network.

Year 2

Faculty engage in modules exploring the real-world impact of their scholarship, career advancement and professional development, and how to have difficult conversations in academic environments. They also attend an important workshop on preparing and submitting a tenure and promotion dossier.

Key People

Charlton McIlwain, Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development
Niyati Parekh, Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives

Website & Contact Info

WebsiteEarly Career Faculty Institute

Teaching Support

The Learning Experience Design team at the Office of the Provost supports teaching inno­vation and excellence through con­sul­ta­tions about teaching and course design, teaching obser­vations, TeachTalks, peda­gogy workshops, and special ini­tia­tives to advance the teach­ing and learning mission at NYU.


Teaching ConsultationsRequest a consultation to discuss any teaching-related question or topic, including classroom challenges, new teaching techniques, increasing student engagement, interpreting student feedback, reflective teaching practices, and more.

Teaching Observations.  Receive supportive, constructive feedback on your teaching through our teaching observation service.

Course Design and Review.  Consult with educational designers to design or redesign a course, whether online, in-person, or mixed mode. Enhance the student learning experience in your course through intentional, goal-directed design.

Mid-Semester Feedback.  Collect mid-semester feedback from your students through small group analysis wherein students can anonymously share, within focus groups, what helps or hinders their learning in the course. Faculty receive a detailed report of the findings and consultation on best responses, which can be applied during the semester.


TeachTalks is a series of faculty-led conversations about teaching at NYU. Participants discuss issues currently impacting student learning and share pedagogical innovations across disciplines. By providing faculty an informal—yet informative—space to talk about teaching, TeachTalks supports the NYU teaching community to improve the student learning experience. Check out our schedule of future TeachTalks as well as recordings for previous TeachTalks.

Pedagogy Workshops on best practices in teaching, student engagement, course design, and more can be requested any time during the year for instructor cohorts in your program. Check out our schedule of future workshops as well as recordings for previous workshops, or request a custom workshop.

Key People

Anandi Nagarajan, Assistant Vice-Provost for Pedagogy,  Office of the Provost
Scott Henkle, Assistant Director, Learning Experience Design, Office of the Provost

Website & Contact Info

WebsiteSupport for Teaching & Learning

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research works closely with the president, provost, deans, faculty, and senior administrators to facilitate, energize, and grow the University’s research enterprise and its impact. VPR works to strengthening the University’s research enterprise by promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research; encouraging and facilitating technology transfer, business engagement, and economic development; affirming the integrity of research processes and policies; stewarding the physical and computational infrastructure necessary for research leadership; establishing collaborative research partnerships nationally and internationally; participating in federal and state research-related policy making; integrating research and education at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and overseeing research policy and implementation.


Getting Started with Your Research: NYU website with resources

Grant Forward: A dynamic search engine with a personalized funding recommendation service to simplify your grant search

NYU Research Wiki: Resources for proposal development and more, requires login to NYU Home

Key People

Nancy Daneau, Associate Vice Provost for Research
Nina Gray, Assistant Vice Provost for Research and Planning and Analysis
Trinh Eng, Mega Grants Initiative
Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship
Marc Sedam, Vice President Technology Opportunities and Ventures

Website & Contact Info

Website: Office of Research Development

NYU Libraries

The NYU Libraries is a key resource for your research and teaching needs. Whether it’s our world-class collections, our responsive and vibrant services, or our deep and broad expertise across many areas, the Libraries is here to support faculty, connecting you to the resources and people that will help you take your work to the next level. We are committed to helping the NYU community learn, grow, and discover. We utilize our mission and values to build more open, equitable, and antiracist services and collections.

Services & Programs

Library Collections, including books, video, data, etc.

Articles and Databases in your subject area or multidisciplinary

Ask-a-Librarian 24/7 Reference Services

Library Liaison for your department or program

Request a Library Instruction session for your class

Data Services for quantitative, geospatial, and qualitative support

Digital Scholarship Services for web projects, digital humanities, and repository help

Digital Studio, for integrating technology into your curriculum

NYU-TV, for video production services


Up to date info about using the NYU Libraries during COVID

Subscribe for free access to New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Research Guides

Library News and signup for our Liblink newsletter

Website & Contact Info

Website: NYU Libraries

Scott Collard, Associate Dean for Research & Research Services,

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, & Engagement,

Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation

As part of the Office of the President, NYU’s Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI) is dedicated to developing and implementing strategies that advance global inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, access (GIDBEA), and innovation across the entire NYU community—including at our campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and our 11 global academic centers. OGI provides expert consultation, resources, and innovative strategies to help guide the University—and its uniquely global and diverse student, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni communities—toward a more inclusive future.


Consultations: The OGI team is available for consultations on best practices related to advancing GIDBEA in the classroom, including developing inclusive statements for syllabi, navigating sensitive content in classroom discussions, and more.


Inclusive Teaching Seminar: Each semester, OGI hosts the Inclusive Teaching Seminar, which introduces faculty to key ideas in the field of inclusive teaching, such as creating an inclusive classroom climate, empowering students to learn collaboratively and across differences, as well as connecting concepts to students’ lived experiences.

Global Scholars & Innovators Series (GSI): The Global Scholars & Innovators (GSI) Series spotlights artists, writers, leaders, innovators, legal scholars, scientists, and others whose work has often been path-breaking and foundational within their own disciplines and fields. These individuals also amplify interdisciplinary and intersectional global histories related to the institutional structuring of race, gender, sexuality, ability, geography, religion, carceral, and/or socioeconomic statuses, as well as other aspects of personal, national, and/or socio-cultural identities.

Transformation Talks Series: NYU Transformation Talks are quick conversations that spotlight global leaders at NYU and beyond. Learn from their journeys and gain knowledge about how to be agents working toward transformational change across our organizations and communities.

Faculty Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrants: The work of anti-racism requires many minds working creatively and acting on many fronts. The purpose of the Faculty Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrants—a new program launched in 2021 presented in partnership with the Office of the Provost—is to be a springboard for as many different ideas and approaches as possible.

Mentoring Program for Diverse Faculty: As one of several efforts to support NYU faculty, the Office of Global Inclusion has developed the Global Faculty Engagement and Innovation Advancement Mentoring Program for Diverse Faculty, a formal program for early-career faculty to receive mentorship and constructive support in navigating the University and addressing professional needs. Both research and practice support the importance of mentoring during the faculty lifecycle. Faculty from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and those traditionally underrepresented in their fields, benefit from this additional opportunity to find mentorship and guidance from seasoned colleagues.


OGI has developed several guides which address issues related to GIDBEA in the classroom and the greater NYU global learning community. Toolkits and resources include:

Foundations for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Pilot Module for Faculty

Faculty Toolkit on Digital Inclusion

Addressing Contemporary Issues and Crises in the Classroom

Trans Inclusive Practices in the Classroom

Responsive Dialogues Guiding Principles

Toolkit for Navigating Difficult Conversations Related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

Guiding Questions for Thoughtful Communication

Key People

Karen Jackson-Weaver, PhD (she/her) — Senior Associate Vice President for Global Faculty Engagement and Innovation Advancement,

Autumn Rain, PhD (she/her) — Deputy Chief of Staff,

Angela Adler (they/them/none) — Director for Disability Inclusive Culture,

Emy Cardoza (she/her) — Director for Global Diversity Education and Faculty Engagement,

Website & Contact Info

Website: Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation

Work Life

As part of NYU’s commitment to improving the overall wellbeing of its faculty, researchers, and administrators, the Work Life office identifies and responds to the needs of employees throughout their career life cycle. Focus areas include workplace wellness, leadership, child care and education advisement, parenting support, aging, adult caregiving, and retirement. Our mission is to create a forward-thinking work environment where you feel supported in your personal and professional life.

Services, Programs & Resources

Work Life Resource Sheet for Faculty

Key People

Grace Cosachov Protos, Executive Director
Jack Osea, Assistant Director
Helga Yuan Larsen, Program Director for Child Care and K-12 Education
Stacey Gordon, Program Director for Next Phase, Adult Caregiving, and Retirement
Anila Churi, Communications Manager
Jess DePasquale, Program Administrator

Website & Contact Info

Website: Work Life

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Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability leads the university-wide effort to build a healthier and more sustainable future. Through strategies that span every area of university life, we aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, support teaching and research, and provide guidance in establishing a culture of sustainability. We offer funding to advance innovative and curricular sustainability initiatives; run trainings and programs to support sustainability in the workplace; and facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue amongst faculty, researchers, students, and administrators.


Climate Change Initiative — A provostial priority to foster research, innovative teaching, collaborative partnerships, and academic and professional opportunities for students to face the climate crises head-on.

Environmental and Racial Justice Network convenes faculty and scholars to discuss the intersection of social, environmental, and racial justice.

Green Grants — Apply for up to $20,000 to advance a sustainability project at NYU.


Green Workplace Certification — Be recognized for efforts to improve the sustainability of your workplace.

Green Events Standard — A checklist, resources, and training to make events more sustainable by reducing waste and improving the food and beverage service.

Faculty Housing Happenings — If you’re living in NYU faculty housing, you can participate in sustainability events throughout the year.

Events — Attend a sustainability event and participate in annual traditions like NYU Earth Month.


Green Events Standard

Biking at NYU

Air Travel Flowchart

Tech and Sustainability Guidelines

Best Practices for Paperless Meetings

Faculty Sustainability Guide

Sustainability Internship Grant for Students

Key People

Cecil Scheib, Chief Sustainability Officer

Website & Contact Info

Website: Office of Sustainability

Brightspace LMS

NYU uses Brightspace as the learning management system (LMS). Instructors can use this LMS to design course environments that allow participants to access course materials, collaborate with others, engage with interactive assessments and assignments, and track their progress in a course grade book.

We strongly encourage enrolling in NYU Brightspace Instructor Training 101, a training course designed for instructors who are new to Brightspace.


NYU Brightspace

Faculty and Staff Training — NYU Brightspace

NYU Brightspace Instructor Training 101

NYU Brightspace Training and Workshops

NYU Faculty Technology Guide

Key Contacts for Support

Contact the NYU IT Service Desk to submit a ticket for any issues or questions:

Phone: 212-998-3333

Contact your Educational Technology Support contacts for school-specific resources (NYU login required).