Welcome to JMU
Jonathan Alger, University President

"We are pleased that you have joined the faculty of James Madison University. I believe that you will find the university to be a vibrant academic community that welcomes new faculty and their contributions. I hope that you find this experience to be personally rewarding and professionally satisfying." 

Jonathan R. Alger, J.D., President

Heather Coltman, D.M.A. Provost and Senior Vice President

"Welcome to James Madison University and to our academic community. We are proud that you have chosen to join this very distinctive, world-class faculty, all of whom are deeply committed to advancing the public good by educating and inspiring future generations of enlightened citizens. Here at JMU, we do this by intentionally focusing on engaged learning, civic engagement and community engagement." 

Heather Coltman, D.M.A., Provost and Senior Vice President

Get Started - Schedule your Onboarding Session

The Office of Human Resources (HR) assists new faculty in successfully integrating into employment at the university. Once an A&P or instructional faculty member accepts a position at JMU, the hiring academic unit communicates with HR regarding the need for the new faculty member's onboard session. The faculty member is contacted by HR, and an onboard appointment is scheduled prior to the faculty member's first day of work. The quicker your onboard session is completed, the faster you will receive a parking permit, a JACard (JMU Access Card), an eiD (electronic identification) and access to the university's computing system.

In addition, a member of the HR Benefits Team will contact new faculty members to provide information about benefits enrollment and to schedule a consultation with a Benefits Specialist.

If you have questions, call JMU-HIRE (568-4473), or email at humanresources@jmu.edu or go to https://www.jmu.edu/humanresources/.

Things to Do During Your FIRST WEEK on Campus

Go to Faculty Welcome!

Get your JACard from Card Services! The JACard is the official All in One identification card for JMU.  It is proof of your affiliation with JMU for classroom, computer lab, and University functions. It can also function as your building access key and bus pass.  

Acquire your parking pass from Parking Services. Parking FAQs for faculty & staff.

Get started with Canvas. Visit the Canvas section of the JMU Libraries’ Guide to Online & Hybrid Teaching at JMU. Contact the Libraries’ Learning Technology Services staff if you need to set up a Canvas course shell.

Check in with your departmental administrator about classroom and office keys and to determine the status of your office computer and other computing needs.

Be sure to get a copy of the appropriate handbook: 

Visit your classroom(s) and familiarize yourself with the equipment and technology available.

Explore the area

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