New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation will be held on August 15 and 16, 2022. Please email us for access to the 2021 Blackboard course or with any questions. 

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). View the sample schedule to learn more.

To ensure a smooth transition to the Mason community, all new full-time faculty members are expected to participate in this program. 

All orientation materials and session information will be hosted in Blackboard, via myMason. Synchronous sessions will be hosted through Zoom. Please review these resources that will support your access to myMason and Zoom and success in participating in orientation: 

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. 

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 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."