New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to the University of Mary Washington! 

Separate orientation sessions are held for full-time faculty and for adjunct faculty. This page was last updated on August 7, 2019.

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 (list is current as of August 5, 2019).

Here is the pre-semester schedule of events for full-time faculty for the August 16 – August 23 period. New faculty should note that some events are scheduled for new faculty while others are scheduled for all faculty.

“Followup” new faculty orientation events for full-time faculty 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. This list of upcoming topics describes the topics for future orientation sessions.

Adjunct Faculty

The next opening orientation session for new adjunct faculty members will occur on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 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.



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

Key dates to keep in mind when preparing the syllabus

Student Learning Outcomes and the Syllabus

•Student Learning Outcomes for General Education Courses

Important Note: new general education requirements with revised student learning outcomes will go into effect in fall 2020. Stay tuned for developments as this year unfolds.

•Sample Syllabus Statements

§5.4.6 of the UMW Faculty Handbook requires that the course syllabus contain three policy statements: an accessibility statement; a course recording policy statement; and a Title IX policy statement. The following example syllabi statements are provided as a reference. Questions should be addressed to the office that is indicated as the source of the example syllabi statements listed below.

Accessibility Statements (from the Office of Disability Resources), the Title IX Statement (from the Title IX Office), and example statements for the Recording Policy (made available by the Office of the Provost) are provided at this location.

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

Funding opportunities for faculty development, travel, and research

Summarized in this handout.

Title IX Resources

Responsible Employee Brochure

Resource Guide

Orientation to Library resources

UMW’s Librarians have posted some very useful information for faculty at 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 newly reorganized Teaching Center provides mentoring on teaching and learning, pedagogical innovation, and the scholarship of teaching and learning; contact the Director, Caitie Finlayson

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.

Course Evaluations

The course evaluation questions

The course evaluation process

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.

Incomplete Grades

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 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

•The Graduate Academic Catalog

•The Faculty Handbook

•The Academic Procedures Directory