Get to Know Your New Work Home

New faculty members go through orientation with the Office of the Provost, in partnership with Human Resources and Payroll, and the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at the beginning of each academic year.

Due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, we are holding faculty orientations and workshops virtually for academic year 2020-2021. Leadership from offices across Mason created and shared videos, handouts, and more to support your success as a new faculty member at Mason. All orientation materials and session information are available in Blackboard, via myMason. If you were unable to attend orientation, please email Faculty Affairs and Development to gain access to the Blackboard course.

For information on myMason/Blackboard, start with these resources: 

  • Getting Started for Employees with ITS: Start here to set up your Mason email, activate Patriot Pass, log into myMason, and more. Access to these features may depend on when you and/or your department have completed onboarding with Human Resources and Payroll. 

    • Please note: After activating your Patriot Pass, it may take up to two (2) days to be able to log into myMason/Blackboard. 
  • Getting Started with Blackboard and myMason: Once you are able to log into myMason, use this page to access quick guides, videos on Blackboard training and innovative teaching, and support resources for troubleshooting. 

The ITS Support Center is available to support you through your transition to Mason and our virtual environment. 

Human Resources welcomes new faculty members by providing resources through the Onboarding Portal.

Support from the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning will help you grow as as teachers, mentors, and colleagues.

I loved the materials provided, resources, content and the organization of it all was great. It flowed smoothly and I was very impressed.


~Virtual New Faculty Orientation attendee, 2020