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 - Mason's Vision
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
• Students come first
• Mason student profiles and student life - graduate and undergraduate
• Implications for teaching, mentoring, and working with students
9:45am-10:00amMason Impact
• The Mason Graduate
• OSCAR, SAIL, & Mason Abroad
10:00am-10:10amDiversity and Inclusion at Mason
10:10am-10:25amHuman Resources and You: What HR Can Do for You
10:25am-10:45amMason Support for Faculty Research
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Adding Functionality to Your Blackboard Course DesignSupporting 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-12:15pmLunch in Center for the Arts
Center for the Arts
Concert Hall Lobby
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
Blackboard Open Lab: Building and Refining Your Course in Bb
• Hands-on lab to build your Bb course site with technology support
• Send a welcome message to your students
Day Two: Tuesday, August 22 -
Your Role as a Faculty Member for Implementing Mason's Vision
Center for the Arts
Grand Tier III
Continental Breakfast
• Check-in
• Reconnect with your colleagues
9:00am-9:25amFaculty Issues
• Renewal, promotion, and tenure and term faculty issues
• Support for faculty: CTFE, ODL, OSCAR, Research Office, and Faculty Affairs
9:25am-9:40amUndergraduate and Graduate Education
• MasonCore
• Undergraduate Council and Grad Council
9:40am-10:15amWorking with Students: Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources
• Mason student trends and FERPA
• Office of Disability Services
• Counseling and Psychological Services
• Title IX and Clery Act
• Advising
• Academic Integrity
10:15am-10:30amUniversity Libraries
• Resources for faculty
• Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative
10:30am-10:45amWorking with the Media
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Doing What Matters:
Building Capacity to Facilitate Difficult Conversations
Essentials of Your Mason Syllabus & Succeeding the 1st Week of ClassEngaging Students & Creating a Dynamic ClassroomMentoring: Advancing Your Research through Student Research
12:00pm-12:15pmLunch in Center for the Arts
Center for the Arts
Concert Hall Lobby
Faculty Speaker: Mason Faculty Governance

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

Faculty Refresh Workshops
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Embedding Inquiry in Assignment DesignGrant Writing Basics and the Office of Sponsored ProgramsFaculty Support Resources - Speed Dating
Interactive Breakout Sessions
Sustaining Student Engagement: The 1st Week and BeyondJumpstart Your Writing AgendaIt Takes a Village: Identifying and Supporting Distressed Students