For New Faculty

Welcome to Brandeis University!

Joel ChristensenWe are thrilled that you have decided to join us! Brandeis faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences.

The information provided below will direct you to various resources on our website that can help support your teaching endeavors, point you in the direction of faculty-student collaborations on research and creative projects, and support you in your role as a teacher and mentor.

Be sure to also review the New Faculty Checklist on the Provost's website, which will walk you through a detailed list of onboarding items and resources. I encourage you to attend the Center for Teaching and Learning's New Faculty Orientation sessions, which are offered prior to the first week of instruction in August and January of each year. If you have any questions or need further guidance as you settle into your new home at Brandeis, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or one of the members of my team. The Assistant Deans for Faculty Affairs, Heather Young (Creative Arts and Social Sciences) and Alicia Hyland (Humanities and Sciences) provide research and administrative support on various projects ranging from faculty searches and appointments to interpretations of the Faculty Handbook (pdf) and SEIU collective bargaining agreement. If you'd like to schedule a meeting with me, please contact Kayla Whitehurst, Department Administrator for Faculty Affairs. I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Joel Christensen,
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Navigating Brandeis Faculty Resources Online

All of our internal resources can be found by navigating to the list provided under Faculty and Administrator Resources (login required). 

Funding opportunities can direct you to pages for research and salary support, such as the Theodore and Jane Norman Awards for Faculty Scholarship, as well as funding for teaching and course development, such as the Provost's Teaching Innovation Grants.

The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) at Brandeis is a permanent program that provides pretenure faculty with dedicated mentors and access to other professional development resources that will foster their success and well-being here at Brandeis. You'll find resources for planning a pretenure book manuscript or article manuscript workshop, videos of past workshops conducted by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and be sure to claim your free membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The Faculty of Color Collective also provides a range of resources and opportunities for professional development and community building to the growing number of tenure-track and long-term contract faculty of color at Brandeis.

The Faculty and Administrator Resources can only be accessed using your Brandeis NET ID and password. These login pages have a plethora of materials including:

  • The Faculty Hub, which provides information on compensation, hiring policies, retirement, curriculum updates, support contacts in the Dean's Office, and more;
  • A&S Anti-Racism Plans, with summaries by divisions as well as specific plans created by departments and programs; and
  • A comprehensive Policy Library, which is the central location for all policies made by the School of Arts & Sciences.