Incoming Faculty Orientation

Welcome to the Kutztown University community! We are pleased that you have decided to join us. Here at KU, we welcome a diverse student body, as well as faculty and staff who will help light and maintain the torch of learning for our students in ways many of them never thought possible.

KU has a proud and distinguished history, with a student-centered commitment that is evident in all that we do. Our community consists of a talented group of students, faculty and staff who help our campus thrive and grow. You are now part of that group!

This page contains a collection of information that will help you to be successful at KU. The Get Golden - Day 1 Checklist includes three important steps to make sure your first day at KU is golden! Additionally, please take some time to explore the information under Additional Topics to Explore, below. 

Incoming Faculty Orientation will take place on August 21-22, 2023 in the Unity Room of the Multicultural Center. Please see below for the schedule, or download an accessible version. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We look forward to an engaging and collaborative orientation experience!

2023 Schedule of events

Unity Room, Multicultural Center

  • Day 1: August 21
    Monday August 21

    9:00am – Welcome with community building and icebreaker activities
    Erin Kraal, Physical Sciences and CEL Faculty Director

    9:45am - Human Resources
    Jennifer Weidman, Director, and Jeanette Forster, Employment & Benefits Manager

    10:45am Break and 1:1 time with HR for specific questions

    11:00am Planning your classes - faculty panel
    Lynn Kutch, Modern Languages (view presentation), and Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Art & Design (download presentation)

    12:15pm Lunch with Provost, Deans, and Associate Deans
    Guests: Lorin Basden Arnold, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Carl Sheperis, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies; Anne Carroll, Dean, College of Business; Laurie McMillan, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Steve Lem, Interim Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Brad Shope, Dean, College of Visual And Performing Arts; Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Interim Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts; Rebecca West Burns, Dean, College of Education.

    1:15pm Inclusive Teaching
    Pierette Kulpa and Dannell MacIlwraith, Art & Design, and Karen Rauch, Associate Vice President, Accreditation, Assessment, and Curriculum (download presentation)

    2:15pm Break

    2:30pm Disability Services Office
    Amber Leidy, Assistant Director of Assistive Technology

    4:00pm Provost’s Reception in Formal Dining Room, McFarland Student Union Building

  • Day 2: August 22
    Tuesday, August 22

    9:00am - 9:20am Opening reflective activity
    Lorin Basden Arnold, University Provost

    9:20am Mentoring
    Erin Kraal, Physical Sciences and CEL Faculty Director, and Rick Heineman, Biological Sciences

    9:45am How's it going? How do you know?
    Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Interim Associate Dean, Art Education, and Andrew Mashintonio, Biological Sciences (download presentation)

    10:45am APSCUF
    Albert Fu, Anthropology/Sociology, APSCUF KU Chapter President

    12:15pm Student support leaders and lunch

    Sue Mangold, Associate Dean of Students;
    Andrea Kirshman, Associate Provost for Student Success & Academic Excellence;
    Cheryl Brattley, Starfish Manager;
    Adam Troxel, Coordinator for Student Success and Tutoring;
    Patty Pytleski, English, Director, University Writing Center (download presentation);
    Martha Stevenson, Director of Library Services, Rohrbach Library;
    Kerri Gardi, Director, Career Development Center.
    Tania Brown-Berringer (aka Ms. T), Director, Military and Veterans Services

    1:30pm – 2:00pm AI and you
    Amy Lynch-Biniek, Assistant Chair, English; University Composition Coordinator (download presentation)

    2:00pm Social Equity*
    Jacqueline Fox, Assistant Vice President, Equity & Compliance

    3:00pm Managing your schedule 
    Kaoutar El Mounadi, Biology, and Erin Kraal, Physical Sciences and CEL Faculty Director (download presentation)

    * This session satisfies a mandatory training requirement for all university employees.

Get Golden - Day 1 Checklist

Be sure to complete the following tasks to make your arrival at KU smooth and seamless.

  • 1: Get Your KU ID

    You can obtain your new KU ID card in one of two ways: 

    1. You may submit a photo via email for your KU ID card to  We will then upload the photo into your account and print your ID card.  Cards can either be sent via campus mail to your office or you may pick it up within two days of sending the photo.  Please indicate in your email which option you prefer for obtaining your card.   
    2. Or, if you prefer, you may also come to our office in 107 Academic Forum and we can take your photo.  Our office is open Monday through Friday 8am-4pm during the summer and 8am-4:30pm during the academic year. 

    More information, including photo submission requirements uses of your ID card, can be found on our website! 

  • 2: Obtain your Parking Permit

    KU campus parking permits are free! To secure your free parking permit, you must present a state-issued driver's license and valid vehicle registration to KU Business Services. 

    To expedite the process, email a copy of your valid vehicle registration to us in advance of visiting us in 107 Academic Forum during our office during regular business hours. Once we have received your registration, we will reserve a permit for you and email you when it's ready for pickup. You can also simply bring your registration to us - along with your driver’s license - during regular business hours. 

    You may also register a second vehicle as well, but remember, only one vehicle may be parked on campus at a time. If you need to drive a rental vehicle at any point, the rental agreement will serve as your temporary registration and must also be presented to Business Services to secure a temporary parking permit. 

    Please remember: 

    • Employees are to park in spaces marked with yellow lines only. 
    • Employees may not park in designated visitor spaces or reserved parking spaces without the proper permit. 
    • Handicapped spaces may be used only by those holding a valid state accessible parking placard or plate, which must be visible at all times, along with the appropriate Kutztown University permit. 

    For more information about parking on campus, please visit our website. 

  • 3: Confirm you can access KU’s technology systems:

    Once you receive your KU username and password, confirm that you can access KU’s technology systems including D2L, MyKU, and email. Refer to our Getting Started with Technology guide for more details. 

Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

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