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 continues throughout the year. See this list of all new full-time faculty joining UMW this fall.
This flyer (revised on September 201, 2017) describes the “followup” new faculty orientation events for full-time faculty that will take later in the fall semester and in the spring semester. Two additional meetings will occur later in the fall semester and there will be two more orientation events for new full-time faculty in the spring semester.
Materials from “followup” orientation events. See below for copies of the stuff presented at various sessions.
• Tim O’Donnell’s Presentation on Faculty Governance
• Morello’s list of useful links to various policies, procedures, opportunities, etc.
• Debra Schleef discussed the course evaluation process — see this page of FAQs for highlights of some of the points she discussed.
The next opening orientation session for new adjunct faculty members will occur on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 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 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 are covered in the adjunct orientation.
RESOURCES FOR ALL NEW FACULTY
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
•Accessibility Statement for the syllabus
•“Responsible Person” (Title IX) statement for the syllabus
•NEW RECORDING POLICY
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
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.
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.
Should the need arise, you have the option to issue a grade of incomplete (I) for student at the end of the semester. Here are the procedures for issuing a grade of incomplete; anyone wishing to issue an incomplete needs to submit this form to the Office of the Registrar.
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 Faculty Handbook
•The August 2017 Advising Workshop