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New Faculty Orientation

Sample 2019 Schedule

Review a sample New Faculty Orientation schedule. Sessions and times may change.

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The 2019 New Faculty Orientation will be held Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20. 

To ensure your smooth transition to the Mason community, all new full-time faculty members are expected to participate in this program. Please contact Faculty Affairs and Development to ensure you are registered. 

Orientation sessions cover a wide variety of topics, including an introduction to Mason's campus culture, the inside scoop from colleagues on being new to Mason, and hands-on workshops to enhance your teaching skills (for both online and in-person classes). In addition to presentations and interactive breakout sessions with your colleagues, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from our Human Resources and Payroll Department to learn more about your benefits options and to visit the New Employee Welcome Center.

Orientation begins in the Center for the Arts both days. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Attendees at prior orientations said...

  • "I was very impressed with the dynamic speakers and qualities each presenter had to share about their area. It was a very positive representation of GMU."

  • "I deeply appreciated what was said in the morning sessions--that faculty are valued and supported came across clearly; that Mason is providing accessibility to excellence was also a clear and inspiring message."

  • "I felt more at home as a faculty at Mason and it was great to have a cohort of folks all at the same stage across tenure-track, term, and other positions. It ran smoothly, was varied, well-catered, and had a nice balance of encouraged mingling and also directed talks and workshops."

  • "The most helpful parts for me (as a tenure-track faculty member whose career advancement depends on my ability to win grants) were the sessions on acquiring grant funding. It was especially helpful to have two separate sessions, each with a different trio of panelists."