Welcome to JMU! We are glad that you are joining this vibrant academic community. Officially, Faculty Welcome is JMU's new faculty orientation program listed among the required meetings in section III.A.20 of the faculty handbook. While being a required meeting* may not, ahem, endear this little endeavor to all faculty, we believe that you will find Faculty Welcome to be interesting, useful, engaging, and maybe even fun. At JMU's Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI), we have worked with faculty and staff from across the institution to create a program that: 

  • Welcomes faculty (back) to JMU,
  • Offers opportunities for networking and community building,
  • Enhances the success of faculty by encouraging a comprehensive approach to career planning,
  • Engages faculty in professional development that supports a diverse range of faculty careers and identities,
  • Orients participants that are new to JMU to the institution's culture, and
  • Provides faculty with timely resources related to teaching, scholarship, service, and more.

Over the last couple of years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have found that faculty who have been at JMU for a while are also interested in many of the sessions we have to offer. As a result, all faculty are welcome to sign up to the workshops, roundtables, and other sessions listed below.

Due to the interactive nature of CFI’s Faculty Welcome programs, we generally do not record sessions or make them available asynchronously.

 Browse what was offered at previous year's Faculty Welcomes.

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,
  • Offer opportunities for networking and community building,
  • Enhance the success of faculty by encouraging a comprehensive approach to career planning,
  • Engage faculty in professional development that supports a diverse range of faculty careers and identities,
  • Orient participants that are new to JMU to the institution's culture, and
  • Provide faculty with timely resources related to teaching, scholarship, service, and more.

Partner/Sponsor: Office of the Provost

If you have any questions about Faculty Welcome, please contact Dr. Andreas Broscheid, Associate Director for Career Planning programs, broschax@jmu.edu.

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