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Orientation held to welcome new Murray State University faculty

(Source: Murray State University) (Source: Murray State University)
MURRAY, KY (KFVS) -

New Murray State University faculty members kicked off their first semester at New Faculty Orientation in the Curris Center on August 10 and 11.

The event provided a warm welcome to the new employees and featured two full days of speakers, training sessions, roundtable discussions, a Resource Fair and campus tours.

Murray State President Bob Davies spoke to the group, explaining how Murray State "delivers on its promise of being a student-centered University by setting high standards for excellence and fostering a higher level of engagement between students and faculty and staff". He also encouraged the new faculty to “catch that spirit” by being engaged, getting involved and continuing the University’s long history of success.

The orientation was organized by Interim Faculty Development Center Coordinator Melony Shemberger, who picked up where the former coordinator, Elizabeth Price, left off. 

“New faculty orientation is an opportunity for our new faculty members to become acclimated to Murray State. It's good for the new faculty to know about academic advising, Canvas, the University Libraries, the Residential College System and other offices on campus to help them progress in their first year,” said Shemberger.

Miguel Gomez, who most recently taught at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, will be starting at Murray State this fall as an assistant professor of middle school education.

He attended New Faculty Orientation in an effort to learn as much as he can about working at the University. Meanwhile, he and his family are getting settled in their new home. 

“Everyone seems so friendly both at Murray State and within the surrounding community. I was drawn to Murray because they had an opening for a middle grades-specific position, which is where my teaching passion is. I was also drawn to this community as a nice place to raise my family and still have a large university in which I can pursue my scholarly interests and my teaching interests.” 

Stephanie Elder, on the other hand, is not new to Murray.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State’s department of journalism and mass communication, and she has taught as an adjunct professor at the Murray and Paducah campuses over the past six years.

Still, she said her first semester as full-time faculty will be a big adjustment, and she is excited for all the possibilities her new roles will bring.

“I am most looking forward to spending time with my colleagues. Many were my professors when I was a JMC student so I feel like I have come full circle. I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to work with the Murray State News. These young journalists are incredibly talented,” said Elder. 

“It is a dream come true to be back at Murray State University,” she added. “It is not a job, it is my home.”

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