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 22-23, 2022 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!

2022 Schedule of events

Unity Room, Multicultural Center

  • Day 1: Aug. 22, 2022 (names are linked to presentations, below)

    Monday August 22

    8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    8:30:  Welcome

    Dr. Lorin Basden Arnold, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Dr. Karen Rauch, Associate Provost for Accreditation and Assessment
    Dr. Yun “Amy” Lu, Faculty Director, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching
    Mr. Douglas Scott, Director, Office of Distance Education

    9:00:  Planning Your Classes

    Faculty Facilitators: Drs. Lynn Kutch, George Sirrakos, Gwendolyn Yoppolo           

    10:00: Human Resources

    Ms. Jennifer Weidman, Director, Human Resources
    Ms. Jeanette Forster, Employment and Benefits Manager, Human Resources

    11:15:  Break

    11:25: Inclusive Teaching: Creating Community and Common Purpose

    Faculty Facilitators: Drs. Pierette Kulpa and Christopher Weiler

    12:15:  Lunch with Provost, Deans

    1:15:  “How’s it Going? How do you Know?”: Reflection for you and your students

    Faculty Facilitators: Drs. Amy Pfeiler-Wonder and Moe Folk

    2:15 Break

    2:30:  Disability Services Office

    Ms. McKenzie Hollenbach, Interim Director, Disability Services

    3:15-3:45: BYOS (Bring Your Own Syllabus) Teaching Workshop

    Facilitators: A. Lu, K. Rauch, and D. Scott

    4:00-5:00: Reception in the President’s Residence (Separate RSVP required)

    Hosts: Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson and Ms. Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson

  • Day 2: Aug. 23, 2022 (names are linked to presentations, below)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2022

    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    9:00: Welcome to Day 2

    Facilitators: A. Lu, K. Rauch, and D. Scott

    9:30:  How to Teach a Great First Day of Class

    Faculty Facilitators: Drs. Tracy Keyes and C. Weiler

    10:20: Break

    10:30: APSCUF-KU

    Dr. Albert Fu, President, APSCUF-KU
    Dr. Jason Lanter, Vice-President, APSCUF-KU

    12 Noon:  Lunch

    1:00: Time Management

    Choosing service activities strategically
    Creating a scholarly agenda
    How to provide helpful feedback/grading/ungrading
    Mapping your week

    Faculty Facilitators: Drs. Michele Baranczyk and Patty Pytleski

    2:00: Break

    2:10:  Social Equity

    Ms. Jacqueline Fox, Esq.

    3:00:  What’s next?

    Engaging with the CET
    Peer Mentoring Program

    Faculty Facilitators: Drs. Amy Lu, Richard Heineman, Rose DeSiano Galjanic, and Carol Watson

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.