New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to the University of Mary Washington! 

Separate orientation sessions are held for full-time faculty and for adjunct faculty.

Full Time Faculty

Orientation for new full-time faculty starts during the “pre-weeks” (the period from August 16 until the first day of the fall semester) and it will be followed up by three additional meetings later occurs the fall semester. Additionally, there will be two new full-time faculty orientation events in the spring semester.

Here is the schedule of orientation activities for new full-time faculty for the August 16 – August 26 period.

This flyer describes the “followup” new faculty orientation events for full-time faculty that will take later in the fall semester and in the spring semester.

Documents from Follow-up Orientation Meetings

  • September 21, 2016

Various hyperlinks to assorted university policies, rules, and procedures

Overview of Student Government at UMW

Student Success (presented by Timothy O’Donnell)

  • October 19, 2016

Faculty development programs overview (presented by John Morello)

Publish, Don’t Perish” (presented by Rosemary Arneson and Erin Wysong)

Adjunct Faculty

The next opening orientation session for new adjunct faculty members will occur on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall Hall, room 114. The orientation will focus on a number of practical tasks such as how to find one’s UMW login), how to retrieve course rolls and grade rosters, how to navigate in the UMW Learning Management System (called Canvas), how to get help with IT needs and issues, how to use “early alerts” to notify students of academic concerns and issues, and other useful topics designed to help new adjunct faculty get off to a great start.

Here’s a summary of the main topics that will be covered in the adjunct orientation.


Navigating the campuses

A map of the Fredericksburg campus

Directions to UMW’s campuses at Stafford and Dahlgren

Learning the lingo!

This handout offers help in “decoding” some of the terms, nicknames, and acronyms you’ll hear tossed about on campus.

Preparing your course syllabi

All faculty are required to submit a digital copy of the syllabus for each course taught.  These documents provide useful instructions about preparing the course syllabus.

Digital Syllabi Guidance for New Faculty

•Student Learning Outcomes and the Syllabus

•Student Learning Outcomes for General Education Courses

Contact Information — Who can you turn to for help?

These two documents list the names, numbers, and web sites for a number of key administrators, offices, staff, and faculty members.

Referral Sheet for New Faculty

UMW Academic Administration

Orientation to Library resources

UMW’s Librarians have posted some very useful information at this url: UMW Library Resources

Orientation to Information/Instructional Technology resources

For assistance with a broad range of IT issues, turn to the HelpDesk for assistance.

Also, take a look at this Guide to IT resources for new faculty.

Finally, the Canvas Guide will help you get acquainted with UMW’s Learning Management System

Orientation to Teaching Support and Development resources

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation –provides mentoring on teaching and learning, pedagogical innovation, and the scholarship of teaching and learning

The Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies — assistance for faculty in integrating digital technologies/pedagogies in their courses

The Writing Center – help for faculty in using writing assignments effectively, and peer tutoring for students on writing projects and assignments

The Speaking Center – help for faculty in using speaking assignments effectively, and peer consultations for students on speaking projects and assignments

The Digital Knowledge Center — peer tutoring to all University students on digital projects and assignments

Keeping up with the academic calendar

Important dates and deadlines are this useful calendar of Dates for Instructional Faculty.

This brief spring 2017 academic calendar pulls out some key dates.

You might also want to refer to the full Academic Calendar.

Final Examination Schedule

You are to administer a final examination in a full semester long course during the exam week — follow this schedule.  For eight week courses, the last day of the course is the final exam day. Additional details about final exams are found at this location.

UMW policies regarding final examinations (and requests for rescheduling an exam time) can be found here. Also, note these important final examination reminders from the Faculty Handbook.

To locate your UMW NetId

This is the identification login you will need to access UMW technology systems.  Find your Net ID and learn how to set and reset your password here.


Also, take note of the “Helpful Links” on the Provost’s homepage for additional materials that you might find useful, such as–

•The Undergraduate Academic Catalog

•The Graduate Academic Catalog

•The Faculty Handbook

•The Academic Procedures Directory