OPI Faculty (General)

The Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) serves as a training program for professionals who may have limited experience in orientation and have been charged with this responsibility at their institution. OPI is staffed with a team of faculty members who have held leadership positions within NODA and at higher education institutions. It is imperative to have a faculty team who represent a variety of areas in higher education and who will bring together a wide variety of orientation and administrative experiences for the OPI participants.

OPI Faculty members are considered appointed positions and serve at the discretion of the NODA President.  Faculty member terms are typically one-year, renewable appointments.  Term length may vary if being filled in response to an unexpected vacancy.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Curriculum development/enhancement/assessment.  In conjunction with the other faculty and under the direction of the lead faculty member, OPI faculty work to develop and enhance the institute curriculum and programmatic elements in order to remain current, relevant, and aligned with institute and association goals to best meet the needs to institute participants.
  • Presentation/teaching. OPI faculty present multiple sessions during the institute.  Faculty are responsible for the preparation, materials, and implementation of these workshops.
  • Facilitation of small groups.  OPI faculty are assigned a small group of participants with whom they meet, mentor, and facilitate small group discussions throughout the institute.  Faculty are also expected to make several contacts post institute with small group members.

Qualifications & Eligibility

  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the structure, purpose and strategic direction of NODA and OPI.
  • 6+ years working in higher education primarily with orientation, retention, and transition issues.
  • Strong knowledge of orientation, retention and transition issues and trends. 
  • Working knowledge of curriculum development, assessment, and/or research experience.
  • Demonstrated involvement and presentation experience within NODA.
  • Ability to collaborate across diverse constituents and facilitate discussion balancing multiple needs.
  • Active professional membership in NODA.


Association Membership

OPI Faculty are required to maintain an active Association membership for the duration of their appointment.

Higher Education Employment

OPI Faculty are required to maintain employment at a higher education institution or a non-profit interest in the field of OTR for the duration of their term.

Financial Obligations

Financial support (institutional or personal) is required to cover travel costs to attend the OPI. If institutional support is unavailable, email the Association staff to discuss options.

Time Commitment

Communication & Representation

OPI faculty responsibilities require them to be in active communication with other faculty members, Association staff, and participants. Faculty are expected to engage in discussion and actively participate in the planning process. Faculty are expected to represent the Association with clarity, professionalism, and integrity.

NODA Policies

OPI faculty are expected to adhere to the following NODA Policies:

Desired Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes

Recognition & Renumerations

See Volunteer Recognition & Renumeration Policy.

Selection Process

See Volunteer Leadership Selection Process.

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