New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to George Mason University!

Every August the Office of the Provost hosts Mason’s New Faculty Orientation, in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and Human Resources and Payroll. In order to ensure your smooth transition to the Mason community, all new full time faculty members are expected to participate in this this two-day program. The program will acquaint you with the university, afford you the opportunity to meet colleagues, and offer you critical information and interactive sessions about your roles as scholars, teachers, and mentors.

The 2017 New Faculty Orientation will be held on Monday, August 21, through Tuesday, August 22.

For returning Mason faculty, please join us for our Faculty Refresh Workshops on Tuesday afternoon (August 22). These interactive sessions have been designed to refresh your teaching, research, and writing. All sessions are open to members of the Mason educational community. Come with a friend or arrive ready to meet new colleagues with similar interests! Of note, please bring your laptop or mobile device, as some sessions have been designed to be hands on. Registration is not required.

If you are a new adjunct faculty member, please contact your department regarding the New Adjunct Faculty Orientation that will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

2017 Draft Schedule of Events

Day One: Monday, August 21
8:30am-9:00am
Center for the Arts
Grand Tier III
Continental Breakfast
• Check-in
• Meet your colleagues
9:00am-9:05amOpening Remarks
9:05am-9:20amWelcome from Provost David Wu
9:20am-9:45amAbout Mason Students
• Mason student profiles and student life - graduate and undergraduate
• Students come first
• Implications for teaching, mentoring, and working with students
9:45am-9:55amDiversity and Inclusion at Mason
9:55am-10:10amGlobal Initiatives
• Global opportunities for faculty
• Mason Korea
• Mason Study Abroad
• Smithsonian Institute global offerings
10:10am-10:25amHuman Resources and You: What HR Can Do for You
10:25am-10:45amMason Support for Faculty Research
10:45am-11:00amBREAK
11:00am-12:00pm
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Mason's Classrooms: Designing Spaces to Support Student EngagementSupporting Graduate Student Education at MasonGrant Writing Basics and the Office of Sponsored ProgramsEssentials of Your Mason Syllabus and Succeeding in the 1st Week of Class
12:00pm-12:15pmMove to Center for the Arts for Lunch
12:15pm-1:15pm
Center for the Arts
Concert Hall Lobby
LUNCH
Faculty Panel: "The Real Deal: Life at Mason as a New Faculty Member"

• Panel begins at 12:30pm
1:15pm-2:30pmHR & Payroll Mini-Benefits Fair and University Resources
2:30pm-4:30pmHR Essentials
• Benefits orientation
• New Employee Welcome (NEW) Center
Tour of Fenwick Library
• Tour will begin promptly at 2:30pm and will last one hour
Day Two: Tuesday, August 22
8:30am-9:00am
Center for the Arts
Grand Tier III
Continental Breakfast
• Check-in
• Reconnect with your colleagues
9:00am-9:05amWelcome from President Cabrera
9:05am-9:25amFaculty Issues
• Renewal, promotion, and tenure
9:25am-9:45amUndergraduate Education
• MasonCore
• Academic integrity
9:45am-10:10amWorking with Students: Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources
• Mason student trends and FERPA
• Office of Disability Services
• Counseling and Psychological Services
• Title IX
• Clery Act
10:10am-10:25amUniversity Libraries
10:25am-10:40amWorking with the Media
10:40am-11:00amBREAK
11:00am-12:00pm
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Adding Functionality to your Blackboard Course DesignIt Takes a Village: Identifying and Supporting Distressed StudentsEngaging Students & Creating a Dynamic ClassroomMentoring: Advancing Your Research through Student Research
12:00pm-12:15pmMove to Center for the Arts for Lunch
12:15pm-1:15pm
Center for the Arts
Concert Hall Lobby
LUNCH
Faculty Speaker: Mason Faculty Governance

Keith Renshaw, Faculty Senate Chair
• Begins at 12:30pm
1:15pm-1:30pmBREAK
NOTE: The Faculty Refresh Workshops are open to the entire Mason faculty community

Faculty Refresh: Fall Workshops
1:30pm-2:45pm
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Embedding Inquiry in Assignment DesignGrant Writing Basics and the Office of Sponsored ProgramsDoing What Matters: Building Capacity to Facilitate Difficult Conversations: Part 1
2:45pm-3:00pmBREAK
3:00pm-4:15pm
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Sustaining Student Engagement: The 1st Week and BeyondJumpstart Your Writing AgendaDoing What Matters: Building Capacity to Facilitate Difficult Conversations: Part 2
4:15pm-4:30pmFinal Networking