U of A Onboarding Program

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At the U of A we know that a great onboarding experience will set you up for success, help you develop a sense of belonging, and empower you to positively contribute to the university’s mission and priorities.*

You may have transitioned to a new role or are brand new to the University of Alberta. We are so glad you chose to be a part of our exceptional community of teachers, scholars, colleagues and students, and we look forward to supporting you throughout your onboarding experience at the University of Alberta.

In joining us you are advancing the core strengths of the university, including outstanding research excellence, commitment to providing the best learning experience to our students, cutting edge research. We want you to grow and thrive in your new role, and we have designed an onboarding experience that will support you in your journey.

The U of A Onboarding Program is designed to:

  • Reaffirm your employment decision
  • Empower you to copilot your onboarding journey
  • Accelerate your learning and competency development
  • Provide direction and support in navigating your new role
  • Foster a sense of belonging, engagement, and shared purpose
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Employee Orientation Education

Learn about the U of A Employee Orientation Course and programming to support supervisors.

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Onboarding Toolkit

Access the onboarding checklist and role-specific tools and resources that support the onboarding journey.

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Information for Supervisors

Learn about your role and the support available to you.

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Roles + Responsibilities

Learn about the roles and responsibilities associated with the U of A Onboarding Program.

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A Safe + Healthy Workplace

Learn about just a few of the resources that support a safe and healthy workplace.


The U of A Onboarding Program will be launched in phases.

Phase 1 | Currently Available
  • U of A Onboarding Toolkit: Employee onboarding checklist, faculty onboarding checklist, 90-day plan template, education videos, and many more tools and resources
  • Employee Orientation Education suite:
    • U of A Orientation Course
      • Target Audience: FTE Support Staff, MAPS, APOs, TLAPO, Casual 1 FT Student
    • U of A Employee Orientation Course for Casual Staff 
      • Target Audience: Casual staff, including Casual 1 FT Students.
    • Virtual Orientation Event for Staff
      • Target Audience: FTE Support Staff, MAPS, APOs, TLAPO
    • Starting Strong: Orientation for Supervisors Onboarding Employees 

Phase 2 | Stay Tuned

Phase 2 of the Onboarding Program is under consideration. This includes an orientation course tailored for Academic faculty, FSOs, Librarians, TRAS, ATS.  

Note: Graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are currently not a target audience of the Onboarding Program at this time.