Schedule of Pre-Semester Events for Faculty

Page last updated on July 22, 2015.

Brief descriptions of important events occurring the week before classes begin. To see other calendars of important dates and meetings, select the “calendars” tab from the Provost’s homepage.

Monday, August 17

The start of Orientation for New Full-Time Faculty, 8:00 a.m.,  Lee Hall, room 412.
New faculty need to arrive promptly so that all appropriate benefit and related employment forms may be distributed and/or collected. A continental breakfast will be available. (Questions? Contact Denise Frye, x1210;

Academic Orientation for New Full-Time Faculty8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Lee Hall, room 412.
Overview of important details for new full-time faculty from the Provost’s Office.  (Questions? Contact Amy O’Reilly, x1241;

Human Resources Orientation for New Full-Time Faculty, 9:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lee Hall, room 412.  Coverage of additional topics related to employment at UMW. Lunch will be provided.  (Questions? Contact Denise Frye, x1210;

Full day faculty development workshop focused on the first year experience (for all faculty teaching first-year seminars),  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC), Digital Auditorium. This workshop is for all faculty teaching who teach first year seminars.  The day-long event features a morning session on “appreciative advising” with Claire Robinson (Associate Director of the University of South Carolina’s Student Success Center) and afternoon sessions on dealing with challenging advising situations, the Class of 2019, support for faculty teaching FSEMs, and much, much more! (Questions? Contact Keith Mellinger, x1333;

Tuesday, August 18

College of Arts and Sciences Department Chairs Meeting, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Minor Board Room, Jepson Alumni Executive Center. (Questions? Contact Martha Link, x1052;

University Faculty Council (UFC)  and University Committee Organization Time, 9 a.m. – noon, Monroe Hall 346, with “breakout sessions” to be scheduled in other rooms in Monroe Hall. Mandatory UFC and University Committees “Working Sessions”: 9 am to noon for officers; ~ 10:30 a.m. to noon for all members of the UFC and Committees; all sessions organized by the UFC. (Questions? Contact Anand Rao, x1546;

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate “Transition” Meeting, 1 – 3 p.m., Lee Hall 412. A meeting to make decisions regarding changes necessitated by the new 18-member UFC governance structure that begins this fall. (Questions? Contact Margaret Ray, x 1485;

For New Faculty

New Full-Time Faculty Orientation – Student Support Services and Resources, 9 a.m. – noon, ITCC, room 111.
Essential information for new faculty about working with the Registrar’s Office, Academic Services, Disability Resources, Student Life, and the Honor System. Lunch will be provided at the end of the session. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

New Full-Time Faculty Technology Orientationnoon - 2:15 p.m., ITCC, room 130.
Open lab time to learn about Canvas (the learning management system), Banner (the student records software system), and other important technology systems and resources. (Questions? Contact Lisa Ames, 286-8076;

New Full-Time Faculty Orientation – Teaching Resources2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ITCC, starting at room 111. A walking tour in the Convergence Center to introduce new faculty to the Writing Center, Speaking Center, DTLT, Digital Knowledge Center, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Library, and other support available to help with teaching effectiveness and innovation. (Questions? Contact Rosemary Arneson, x1147; Or Mary Kayler, x1577;

Orientation for New Adjunct Faculty, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Monroe Hall, room 114.
Overview of important dates, academic policies, and introduction of various resources to support adjunct faculty.  (Questions? Contact Ginny Irvin, x1001;

Wednesday, August 19

Careers.umw Workshop, Orientation Session for Faculty Hiring Managers, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m., Combs Hall, room 349. (Questions? Contact Jeanette Holmes, x1238;

Opening Meeting of the Faculty, 10:00 – noon. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall.
Messages from President Rick Hurley, Provost Jonathan Levin, introduction of new faculty members, and presentation of the “Topher” Bill Award for Faculty Service.  (Questions? Contact Amy O’Reilly, x1241;

Faculty Luncheon, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Faculty/Staff Dining Room and Bistro Room, Seacobeck. (Questions? Contact Amy O’Reilly, x1241;

Open time for Department Meetings, 1:30 – 3 p.m. (as scheduled)

“Beyond Beall:” Publishing Workshop for Continuing Faculty (led by Rosemary Arneson), 3:15 – 4 p.m., Simpson Library, room 225. (Questions? Contact Rosemary Arneson, x1147;

Thursday, August 20

Move In Day for First Year Students 

COLLEGE DAY — Events as arranged by the Deans of the College of Business and the College of Education for their faculties.

College of Business: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., COB ADVANCE at Stevenson Ridge (6901 Meeting St., Spotsylvania — off Courthouse Rd.),    (Questions? Contact Lucy Quann, x2470;

College of Education: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., “Setting Goals and Planning,” North Building, Stafford Campus,   (Questions? Contact Kyra Whitehead, x1290;

Please note that there will be no College Day event for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, August 21

Common Read, 9 am – 12:15 p.m., at several locations across campus.
The Common Read brings together the Class of 2019 with more than 100 faculty, staff and upper class students for small group discussions of the award winning book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Discussions will be followed by a picnic lunch at the new University Center.  The author will be visiting UMW as part of the Great Lives lecture series in January 2016. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

Academic Orientation Activities for New Students (as planned by various departments), 12:30 – 3 p.m., at several locations across campus.
The interlude between the Common Read and Honor Convocation offers academic departments and programs opportunities for showcases, open houses, and other interactive sessions focused on academic programs and opportunities.  A wide variety of events will take place across campus and specific scheduling details are available at: (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

HONOR CONVOCATION. 4:30 p.m., Anderson Center.
All faculty assemble 20 minutes beforehand in academic regalia in Goolrick Gymnasium. 
Academic regalia for this occasion is available for rent from Jostens, phone: 800-854-7464; email: (Questions? Contact Amy O’Reilly, x1241;