Center for Faculty Innovation

Faculty Welcome (Orientation)

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM

Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center & Rose Library

Pre-registration is closed. You are still welcome to attend. Please come to the registration desk at Festival to check in.

Date: Monday, August 20, 2018, 8:15 AM-4:45 PM.

This one-day mini-conference invites faculty to (re-)discover what JMU is about, refresh their career plans, update their skills, and strengthen connections to their colleagues. It is particularly designed for faculty who are new to JMU or who are newly tenured or promoted to full this year. It welcomes full-time as well as part-time faculty. This program was formerly known as New Faculty Orientation or NFO.

To access information provided by Human Resources about new employee onboarding and benefits at JMU, visit the Dukes at Work webpage for instructional faculty.

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Who attends Faculty Welcome?
  • All new full and part-time faculty who are new to JMU or who are newly tenured or promoted to full this year. Even if you have been at another institution, you should attend Faculty Welcome to meet new colleagues and explore the academic culture of JMU.
  • Invitations are sent via email to newly hired faculty in July. If you do not receive an invitation, please accept our apologies. You are still invited! It is hard to catch up with you during your moving process.
Faculty Welcome is designed to...
  • Welcome faculty (back) to JMU,
  • Provide faculty with opportunities for networking,
  • Enhance the success of faculty by encouraging a comprehensive approach to career planning,
  • Engage faculty in faculty development opportunities and initiatives,
  • Foster academic discussion of JMU administration, faculty, and student culture, and
  • Provide faculty with timely resources related to teaching, scholarship, service and more.
Faculty Welcome event logistics


  • The Festival Conference and Student Center is located at 1301 Carrier Drive on the east side of campus. Use this link for directions and building information for the Festival Center. 
  • Enforcement officers will be requested to avoid issuing citations to unregistered campus visitors in D3, C11, and C12 lots between the hours of 7:45 AM – 5:15 PM on 8/20/2018. No parking permits will be necessary. Please direct visitors to this location to park on the appropriate date. All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect. JMU parking map (located at
  • Please note that parking in lots C11 & C12 is constrained due to a large contruction project. Additional parking with permit is available in faculty lot D2 across from the Bioscience building.


  • Accessible Entrance:  Front and back entrances both with automatic doors
  • Access between floors: Elevator or exterior ramp
  • Visual fire alarm system
  • Fully Accessible restrooms

CFI has worked with our partners in Madison Unions to designate a gender neutral restroom and to provide a quiet lacation/pumping room. Please inquire with CFI staff on site.


  • The CFI will be providing a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, afternoon coffee & cookies, and an closing reception as part of Faculty Welcome. 
  • Breakfast menu: 
    • Homemade Breakfast Breads and Muffins
    • Sliced Fruit
    • Yogurt Cups
    • Granola
    • Coffee, hot tea, and water
  • Lunch menu:
    • Seasonal Garden Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
    • Quinoa Cake topped with Tomato Chutney
    • Lemon Artichoke Chicken Breast
    • Zucchini, Tomato, and Squash Blend
    • Roasted Potatoes
    • Fresh Berries with Pound Cake and Whipped Topping
    • Iced tea & iced water