Schedule of Pre-Semester Events for Faculty

Page last updated on August 5, 2016.

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.

Tuesday, August 16

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 Faculty8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Lee Hall, room 412.
Overview of the academic affairs area of the university and an outline of the full schedule of academic orientation for new full-time faculty. Presented by 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;

Wednesday, August 17

All employees

 President’s “All UMW Opening Assembly,” 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium (light refreshments available in the Dodd Foyer at 8 a.m.)

New Full Time Faculty

Orientation to Academic Support Services and Resources, 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Hurley Convergence Center, room 111.
UMW provides a broad array of academic support services to students.  The Office of Academic Services will describe tutoring, advising, and other supports offered to ensure that students are successful.  The University Registrar will review a variety of academic policies, procedures, and will highlight important dates on the academic calendar. 

Lunch (provided by Provost’s Office), 12:15 – 1:00 p.m., Hurley Convergence Center, room 111

Orientation to Teaching Resources, 1:00 – 3 p.m., Hurley Convergence Center, room 111

Current Faculty

Honor Advisor Training, 10 a.m. – noon, Capital Room, University Center, room 314
This training is for new and returning Faculty Honor Advisors only.  The training will focus on changes to the Honor Constitution, advising procedures, and expectations for Faculty Honor Advisors.

Thursday, August 18

“Getting Ready for the New Year,” 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium
A full slate of programs for all faculty including a keynote address on working with students with mental health disorders, UMW Talks on teaching and learning by UMW faculty and staff, Safe Zone training, and a variety of faculty development and curricular innovation workshops. See this document for additional information. Registration required; use this link to register. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

Friday, August 19

Advising Workshop (For All Faculty), 9:00 a.m. – noon, Chandler Ballroom, University Center
Expected of All Faculty — this half-day advising workshop features the keynote address “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders” from millennial expert, Lindsey Pollak, and will have breakout sessions on important issues related to student success, academic advising, and working through challenging student situations. See this document for additional information.

Workshop for First-Year Seminar Instructors and First-Year Academic Advisors, 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m., Collonade Room, University Center, room 315
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity for further discussion and exploration of the morning’s keynote address with respect to first-year students in addition to providing important information and support resources for FSEM faculty and first year advisors.

For New Faculty

Student Services Support Resources (and Honor Council introduction), 2:00 – 4 pm, Student Activities and Engagement Conference Room, University Center, room 303F
The the Vice President for Student Affairs will offer an introduction to the Division of Student Affairs and a variety of student support services. This session will cover topics such as residential living, counseling services, judicial affairs, campus safety, and student life.

Monday, August 22

COLLEGE DAY — Events as arranged by the Deans of the College of Business and the College of Education for their faculties. Please note that there will be no College Day event for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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;

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;

Cheating Lessons, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center. Why do students really cheat, and what can we as faculty do about it?  Join James Lang, author of Cheating Lessons, for an engaging discussion.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend, no RSVP is required. (Questions? Contact David Rettinger, x1364;

 Tuesday, August 23

“Small Teaching,” 9:00a.m. – noon. HCC Digital Auditorium
This workshop, facilitated by the author of “Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning,” requires prior registration with the Quality Enhancement Plan Director, Keith Mellinger. See this document for additional information(Questions? Contact Keith Mellinger, x1333;

For New Full Time Faculty

Introduction to Title IX and Title IX Training, 8:30 – 10:45 a.m., Combs Hall, room 211 (Language Lab)

IT Support and Canvas (the Learning Management System), 11 a.m. — noon, Hurley Convergence Center, room 407 (Incubator Classroom). Having reliable access to technology is vitally important. This session will offer an overview of support resources and development opportunities for working with technology at UMW. The session will also introduce various digital platforms available for teaching, including Canvas (the learning management system) and Domain of One’s Own. (Followed by time for individualized help, if desired.)

For continuing faculty on the UFC and university committees

UFC and committee organizing time, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. (all sessions organized by UFC), Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium

Mandatory UFC and University Committees Working Sessions, 1:30 – 3 p.m. for officers;
~ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. for all members of the UFC and Committees.

CAS Faculty Council Organizational Meeting, 4 – 4:30 p.m.

New Adjunct Faculty Orientation, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Monroe Hall, room 114

Wednesday, August 24

Move In Day for First Year Students 

Thursday, August 25

Opening Meeting of the Faculty, 10:00 – noon. Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall.
Messages from President Troy Paino, 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. Chandler Ballroom, University Center. (Questions? Contact Amy O’Reilly, x1241;

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

First Year Seminar Introductory Meetings, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., various locations as announced. (Questions? Contact Keith Mellinger, x1333;

Friday, August 26

Campus Tour for New Faculty, 9 am, meet in front of Lee Hall. Requires sign up; contact to confirm

Common Read, 9 am – 11:00 a.m., at several locations across campus.
The Common Read brings together the Class of 2020 with more than 100 faculty, staff and upper class students for small group discussions of the book Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green (UMW Class of 1995). (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 (see the schedule).
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;