Preparing to Start
Staff at Bucknell begin onboarding and orientation as early as the interviewing and selection process, when they learn about the University, their department and their position. They also receive preliminary information regarding Bucknell employee benefits during this time.
Once a job offer has been accepted, new employees provide the information Human Resources needs to set up the equipment, accounts and access to job-related information so that they will be ready to start work on their first day at Bucknell.
New staff attend a four-hour general orientation session where they receive further introduction and information about Bucknell and its culture. Here, they also complete required onboarding steps in areas such as payroll, safety, and additional forms and documents. Most new staff are invited to join their supervisor or a member of their team for lunch and further initial orientation to their new department.
During the first month of employment, staff are assigned several e-learning modules that provide key information for new members of our community. They also receive an orientation checklist with helpful information to make their transition to Bucknell successful.
Staff are then invited and encouraged to attend a follow-up orientation program called Get to Know Bucknell. In this interactive program, new hires meet other staff and receive more information to help them further acclimate to employment in higher education. The program includes presentations from a variety of areas such as:
- Athletics & Recreation
- Student Life & Campus Activities
- University Advancement
- Civic Engagement
- The performing arts
An expanded tour of campus and Bucknell’s presence in the downtown community is also included.
Ongoing Training and Support
Bucknell offers a variety of learning and development options for the continued growth of our staff throughout their career at the University. Our online learning portal, EDGE (Educate, Develop, Grow, Excel), includes a number of educational opportunities such as:
- Book discussions
- On-campus learning events
- Our Successful Supervisors training series
- Our Higher Education Leadership Initiative (HELI), a collaboration with other higher education institutions.
- Our Emerging Leaders program
- Lynda.com courses, which offer access to thousands of training topics from industry experts.
- Specialized curriculum topics, such as confronting bias.
- Many other resources for new hires and current employees.
Please visit EDGE for up-to-date offerings.