New Faculty Orientation
The next New Faculty Orientation will be August 16-17, 2021. If you would like access to the August 2020 Blackboard for this year's orientation materials and content, please email Faculty Affairs and Development.
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.
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."