Faculty Orientation (New Faculty and Contract Lecturers)

The Purpose of Orientation

Providing new faculty members and course instructors with access to the resources they need to be successful in their first year of academia and beyond is a priority of the Provost. These resources include an introduction to the departments that provide support to students and the broader University community. 

Through orientation, you will have opportunities to connect with Deans, Chairs/Directors, and senior academic and administrative staff members whose varied expertise can help you and your students thrive at Lakehead.

Our orientation sessions have a dual focus of connecting you with various services and tools you will want to have at your fingertips, as well as those that you may need to support your students. 

Orientations 2021-2022

New Faculty Orientation

To support you as you transition into your new position, we have designed our New Faculty Orientation with both asynchronous and synchronous sessions. Our hope is that this delivery format will both welcome you and provide information that will make you feel a part of the Lakehead community, in a timely way.  We have developed a series of orientation activities taking place in August:

August 3 - 9:00 - 10:00am - Welcome to Lakehead University (Virtual)

August 22 and 23 - Formal Orientation (In-person)

    Contract Lecturer Orientations

    The 2021-2022 Contract Lecturer Orientation is offered entirely online. Information regarding the program will be sent to you directly. 

    Faculty Resources


    Please use the navigation menu on the left or use the links below (ideal for smartphone or tablet) to learn more about Lakehead University. The goal of these resources is to provide a brief introduction to the Lakehead University community.  Most sections present an overview of the various offices and departments with links to more extensive documentation on their webpages.  Services and departments are generally listed according to administrative unit. 

    Please note that telephone communications while on-campus are direct to either Thunder Bay or Orillia. From any campus phone, you simply need to dial the 4-digit extension for any internal calls. In this way, faculty, staff and students can easily contact individuals or departments in either location. To dial out you simply dial the full 10 digits number (you do not need to dial 9). 

    The Faculty/Staff Directory contains a complete listing of people and services. You can search by name or Department.

    If you need help to find someone, dial “0” and Switchboard staff will be pleased to assist.

    Land Acknowledgement

    Lakehead University respectfully acknowledges its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples. 

    Lakehead Thunder Bay is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Lakehead Orillia is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. 

    Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses, and is committed to a relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

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