Schedule of Pre-Semester Events for Faculty

Page last updated on August 14, 2017.

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. Please note that the Faculty and Committee Meeting Calendar is still under development. Dates for 2017-18 will be finalized by mid-July.

Wednesday, August 16

8:00 a.m., The start of Orientation for New Full-Time Faculty. 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;

8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Academic Orientation for New Full-Time Faculty. 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;

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

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., New Adjunct Faculty Orientation. Monroe Hall, room 114. An overview of important policies, procedures, and sources of teaching support and assistance for new part-time teaching faculty. (Questions? Contact Ginny Irvin, x1001,


Thursday, August 17

All employees

 10:00 – 11:45 a.m., President’s “All UMW Opening Assembly.” George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium.

New Full Time Faculty

noon – 2:00 p.m., Orientation to Academic Support Services and Resources. Hurley Convergence Center, room 210.
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 the Provost’s Office. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

2:15 – 3:45 p.m., Library Orientation. Simpson Library Lobby. Meet your new best friends:  the UMW Librarians.  From collaborating with you to develop assignments that use the library’s rich resources to getting your own research into print, the Library staff is here to help.

For Faculty Serving on the UFC and University Committees

1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Mandatory UFC and University Committees “Working Sessions.” Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium (all sessions organized by UFC; contact Ken Machande, x1457,

*1:30 – 3 p.m. for officers

*~ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. for all members of the UFC and Committees.

Friday, August 18

For All Faculty

10:00 a.m. – noon, Workshop: Implicit Bias in the Academy — Meeting the Challenge. University Center, Chandler Ballroom. This workshop is open to all faculty and staff and builds upon the important work of the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion. The program will be led by Benjamin Reese, Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University. (Questions? Contact Nina Mikhalevsky, X1566,

1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Workshop: Universal Design and Accessible Communication. University Center, Chandler Ballroom. This program explores the ways in which UMW Faculty and Staff could utilize the insights of Universal Design and new and emerging technologies to make our campus more inclusive and accessible. Korey Singleton, Assistive Technology Initiative Manager, George Mason University. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Safe Zone Training – Level 1. Hurley Convergence Center, room 111. Safe Zone training is designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The training will help to create a network of allies who, together with members of the LGBTQ community, work to create a community of safety and full inclusion for all its members. Level 1 training provides an over view of terms, an understanding of gender vs. sexuality and issues facing our community. (Questions? Contact Laura Wilson, x1558;

For 2017-18 Search Committees

Noon – 1:30 p.m.,  “Focused Lunch.” University Center, Chandler Ballroom. This focused lunch program, continues the morning discussion for the purposes of applying its insights to search committees and hiring practices. It is expected that College Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Search Committee Chairs will attend. (Questions? Contact Nina Mikhalevsky, X1566,

Monday, August 21

For New Faculty

 9 – 10 a.m., Title IX Training. Hurley Convergence Center, room 111.

10:15 a.m. – noon, Teaching Technologies. Hurley Convergence Center, room 111. 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.

noon, Lunch provided by the Provost’s Office, and an introduction to the HelpDesk and IT Desktop Support Services. HCC room 111.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.Student Support and Threat Assessment. Hurley Convergence Center, room 111. As lunching continues, this session will offer an overview of the various offices, programs, and staff that work with students to build academic success and who also assist those in need extra support or who may find themselves in crisis. In particular, this session will focus on an introduction to a variety of support services and will cover topics such as residential living, counseling services, judicial affairs, campus safety, and student life. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

For Career Advisors

10:00 a.m. – noon, Career Advisors Meeting. University Center, Chandler Ballroom. Every academic program has a career advisor listed in the Academic Catalog, but what does this mean, what do they do, and how do we support them?  This session brings together the Center for Career and Professional Development and career advisors (and any and all interested faculty) to focus on what we can all do together in support of our students. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

For Honor Advisors

10 a.m. – noon.New Faculty Honor Advisors (For Departmental Faculty Honor advisors only). Hurley Convergence Center, room 210. This session will prepare new faculty Honor Advisors to work with students and faculty on issues of academic integrity.  During the session we will go through the nuts and bolts of the honor system and discuss common tasks, questions, and challenges.(Questions? Contact David Rettinger, x1364;

11 a.m. – noon.Returning Faculty Honor Advisors. Hurley Convergence Center, room 210. Continuing Faculty Honor Advisors will hear about changes to the Honor System, and plans for 2017.  We will also work together to help new advisors acclimate to their role. (Questions? Contact David Rettinger, x1364;

For All Faculty (other than new full time faculty)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Green Zone. University Center, Chandler Ballroom. Our veteran population is significant and growing.  This program is for all faculty interested in learning more about the issues and needs of active military, student veterans, and their families and what we can do to support them. (Questions? Contact Kevin Caffrey, x8008,


 Tuesday, August 22

For All Faculty

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

12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Faculty Luncheon. University Center, Chandler Ballroom

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


Wednesday, August 23

Move In Day for First Year Students


Off-campus events as arranged by the Deans of the Colleges for their faculties.

College of Arts and Sciences. (Questions? Contact Martha Link, x1052;

*Orientation for New Department Chairs, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Minor Board Room, Jepson Alumni Executive Center

 *Department Chairs Meeting, noon – 4 p.m., Minor Board Room, Jepson Alumni Executive Center

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,” University Hall, Gates-Hudson Building, Stafford Campus,   (Questions? Contact Kyra Whitehead, x1290;

Thursday, August 24

For All Faculty

9:00 – 11 a.m., All Faculty Meeting on Student Success, Advising, and More. University Center, Chandler Ballroom. This wide-ranging and jam-packed information session offers the latest news on UMW’s student success efforts, details new initiatives and provides important information for the upcoming academic year. This includes important advising information and announcements relevant to all faculty. (Questions for all events? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

Break Out Sessions (at the Hurley Convergence Center)

*11:00 a.m. – noon, Community Engaged Learning @ UMW. Hurley Convergence Center, room 329. This session is for all faculty interested in learning more about the past, present, and future of service and community engaged learning at UMW.

*11:00 a.m. – noon, Blue Pulse: An Introduction. Hurley Convergence Center, room 327. Learn more about how to get real-time feedback on teaching using live formative evaluations.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Blue Pulse Workshop. Hurley Convergence Center, Incubator Classroom (room 407). Take the next step with Blue Pulse.  This interactive workshop is designed to help you get you up and running so that you can get real-time and anonymous feedback for your course.

For Faculty Teaching First Year Seminars

Noon – 2:00 p.m., First Year Seminar Workshop. Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium. This workshop is for all FSEM instructors teaching in Fall 2017 (and is open to all who have taught previously). The afternoon begins with a working lunch and includes a review of the QEP, new learning modules and advising tools, and a discussion of new and important curricular issues which impact advising for first year students. (Questions? Contact Anand Rao, x1546;

For New Faculty (and others as interested)

1 – 1:45 p.m.Honor Code for New Faculty (and others wishing to learn the basics). Hurley Convergence Center, room 210. UMW’s student-run honor system is a defining feature of life on campus.  In this session, you will learn about our community of trust and unique honor system.  Faculty are expected to uphold the honor system in our classes, and this session will help you understand what that means in theory and in practice. (Questions? Contact David Rettinger, x1364;

For Faculty Who Have Completed Safe Zone 1 (registration required)

2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Safe Zone Training – Level 2. Hurley Convergence Center, room 307. Safe Zone training is designed to educate members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The training will help to create a network of allies who, together with members of the LGBTQ community, work to create a community of safety and full inclusion for all its members. Level 2 (for those who have completed Level 1) focuses on current issues and interactive group work to develop skills in working with those who may seek a safe place. (Questions? Contact Laura Wilson, x1558;


Friday, August 25

9 am – 11:00 a.m., Common Read. At several locations across campus. The Common Read brings together the Class of 2021 with more than 100 faculty, staff and upper class students for small group discussions of the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

1:00 – 3 p.m., Academic Orientation Activities for New Students (as planned by various departments). 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;

4:30 p.m., HONOR CONVOCATION. 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;