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New Faculty Orientation

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

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'll 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.

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

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

Faculty Conversations

All faculty—new and returning, full-time, adjunct, and graduate instructors—are invited to attend the Faculty Conversation workshops on Tuesday, August 20th. 

1:30-2:45p.m. sessions:

  • Assignment Design for Mason Impact courses (supporting student research and civic engagement) - Innovation Hall 133
  • Tips for Seeking Research Funding - Innovation Hall 134
  • Designing “Flipped” Pedagogy to support active learning - Buchanan Hall D23

3:00-4:15p.m. sessions:

  • Advanced Strategies for Engagement and Inclusion - Buchanan Hall D23 
  • Thriving as Early-career Faculty members - Innovation Hall 134
  • Navigating Crises in the Classroom - Innovation Hall 135

After the workshops, head over to the Mason Club for our annual faculty Social Hour!

Attendees at prior orientations said ...

"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."

"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."

"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 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."

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