Schedule of Pre-Semester Events for Faculty

Schedule of pre-semester events for 2019-2020 is under development and will be posted by July 15, 2019. Last year’s schedule is shown below.

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.

Thursday, August 16

New Full Time Faculty

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;

 CAS Department Chairs

8:30 – 1:30 p.m., Opening business meeting for all CAS Department Chairs. Minor Board Room, Jepson Alumni Executive Center.

For All Faculty (other than new full-time faculty)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Identity and Intersectionality Workshop.” Mercer Hall, room 131. 3This is a new training being offered by Safe Zone. It is open to any faculty or staff interested in learning about and discussing issues related to social group identities. The topics will include privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, diversity, cultural competency, intersectionality, and allyship. The goal of the workshop is to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection in order to strengthen their role as an ally for students of all identities. Ideally, participants will have attended at least one Safe Zone workshop prior to attending this training, but this is not mandatory. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at Space is limited and registration is required.

Friday, 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 – 3:00 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. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

For Faculty Teaching First Year Seminars

Noon – 3:00 p.m., First Year Seminar Workshop. Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium. This workshop is for all FSEM instructors teaching in Fall 2018 (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. Lunch provided. (Questions? Contact Anand Rao, x1546;


Monday, August 20

For All Employees

10:00 a.m. – noon, Ableism in the Academy – keynote.” University Center, Chandler Ballroom.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this year’s key-note address features Dr. Jay Timothy Dolmage, author of Academic Ableism. The talk will explore the ways in which disability is composed in and by higher education while offering concrete strategies for making disability central to the university and building a more inclusive university. Academic Ableism book can be accessed online from the University of Michigan Press.

noon – 2:00 p.m., Breakout sessions (with lunch provided) University Center, Chandler Ballroom.
The keynote address will be followed by breakout sessions on ableism, supporting students with disabilities, and faculty strategies for working with the Office of the Disability Resources. For additional details, contact Tim O’Donnell (

For New Faculty (and others as interested)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Honor Code for New Faculty (and others wishing to learn the basics). Hurley Convergence Center, room 307.
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, 654-1364;

For All Faculty (other than new full-time faculty)

2:30 – 5:00 p.m., Queering your classroom.” Mercer Hall, room 131
This is a Faculty Classroom Workshop being offered by Safe Zone. It is open to any faculty interested in discussing ways to make their classroom more LGBTQ+ inclusive. The goal of the workshop is to identify particular action steps you can take to make your syllabi, materials, or classroom policies more welcoming and inclusive of all students, regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Ideally, participants will have attended at least one Safe Zone workshop prior to attending this training, but this is not mandatory. Please note, this is a repeat of the Queering your Classroom Workshop that was offered in the Spring, 2018. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Laura Wilson at Space is limited and registration is required.

Tuesday, August 21

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)

For New Adjunct Faculty

5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Check-In and Academic Overview for New Adjunct Faculty. Monroe Hall, room 114. A review and verification by the Office of Human Resources to make sure all paperwork and required forms are in order for new part-time faculty followed by an overview of important academic policies, procedures, and resources, led by the Office of the Provost.  (Questions? Contact Ginny Irvin, x1001;

Wednesday, August 22

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.
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Orientation for New Department Chairs,
(with lunch provided). Stafford Campus, Gates-Hudson Building, room 210. (Questions? Contact Martha Link, x1052;

College of Business.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., COB ADVANCE at Eagle Village Rotunda. (Questions? Contact Lucy Quann, x2470;

College of Education.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., “Setting Goals and Planning,” University Hall, Gates-Hudson Building, Stafford Campus. (Questions? Contact Courtney Clayton, x1360;

Thursday, August 23

For New Faculty

 9 – 10 a.m., Title IX Training. Hurley Convergence Center, room 210.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.Student Support and Threat Assessment. Hurley Convergence Center, room 210.  An overview of the 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, student conduct, campus safety, and student life. (Questions? Contact Tim O’Donnell, x1252;

11:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Tour of Convergence Center Teaching Support Units and the Library (with lunch provided). Hurley Convergence Center, room 210.
Following lunch, new faculty will be introduced to the various teaching support units and resources available in the Convergence Center followed by a tour of the Library. New faculty will get a chance to see the spaces and meet the staff who manage the Writing Center, the Speaking Center, the Digital Knowledge Center, the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Convergence Center Information Desk, the IT Help Desk, and much more. A short walk next door will lead everyone to the Simpson Library, where the Librarians like to say: “come meet your new best friends.” From collaborating to develop assignments that use the library’s rich resources to getting your own research into print, the Library staff is here to help.

3:15 – 5:00 p.m., Reception for New Full-Time Faculty (including partners, spouses, and family members with refreshments). Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium and Convergence Garden.
A casual get-together enabling new full-time faculty and their partners, spouses, and family members to meet one another and be greeted by members of the Provost’s staff and by new faculty members who joined UMW last year (and their partners, spouses, and family members). Please RSVP to the Event’s Office:

For Faculty Advisors

10:00 – noon, Advising Workshop. Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium.
All faculty involved in advising students are expected to attend this workshop focused on providing all faculty with important news and information from Academic Services, the Registrar, and other offices on campus. Of particular significance this year is the focus on DegreeWorks, UMW’s new degree evaluation tool which is launching this fall. For additional details, contact Tim O’Donnell (

For Faculty Serving on the UFC and University Committees

1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Mandatory UFC and University Committees “Working Sessions.” Woodard Hall, room 202 (all sessions organized by UFC; contact Jackie Gallagher, UFC Chair, x1493,

*1:30 – 3 p.m. for officers

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

Friday, August 24

9 am – 11:00 a.m., Common Read. At several locations across campus. The Common Read brings together the Class of 2022 with more than 100 faculty, staff and upper class students for small group discussions of the script of Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson, a critically acclaimed 2015 stage musical with a very popular soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. See the First-Year experience web site for additional information about the Common Read Program. (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 Oak Hall online at or by phone (800) 456-7623. (Questions? Contact Amy O’Reilly, x1241;

Sunday, August 26

8:45 p.m., EAGLE GATHERING. Ball Circle. Current students, faculty, and staff join together in this Mary Washington tradition to officially usher new Eagles into our community of integrity, honor, and service. Begin to gather on Ball Circle and collect your candle at 8:15 p.m. (Questions? Contact Kathleen Flanagan, x1062;