Welcome to JMU! We are glad that you are joining this vibrant academic community. Faculty Welcome Week is JMU's new faculty orientation program that will help you get started at JMU, connected with your new colleagues, and oriented to the institution and its culture.

Throughout this week, you will encounter programs that

  • Welcome faculty 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
  • Provide faculty with timely resources related to teaching, scholarship, service, and more

The programs on Monday (JMU Community Welcome, 11:30 AM - 5 PM) and Thursday (JMU Structure, Culture, and People, 8:30 AM - 12 PM) are part of the required new faculty orientation specified in section III.A.20 of the faculty handbook.

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

Partner/Sponsor: Office of the Provost

Who Attends Faculty Welcome?

All new full- and part-time faculty who are new to JMU. (Even if you have been at another institution, you should attend Faculty Welcome to meet new colleagues and explore the academic culture of JMU.) 

Returning faculty: All JMU faculty who want to connect with their colleagues and are interested in attending the workshops and other sessions offered as part of Faculty Welcome.

Invitations are sent via email to newly hired faculty in July. If you do not receive an invitation, please accept our apologies and still plan to attend and sign up through the registration link!  

Flexibility and Accessibility

This year’s Faculty Welcome program will be offered in person.  Due to the interactive nature of CFI’s Faculty Welcome programs, we generally do not record sessions or make them available asynchronously. The Center for Faculty Innovation strives to make its programs welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all our participants. If you have any accessibility needs or there are considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural) you want us to know about, please note them when you sign up for Faculty Welcome or reach out to cfi@jmu.edu. 

2023 CFI Program Registration Details

Click the link(s) for event registration details for the 2023 Faculty Welcome Week Program. Not all events require a registration through this website. Please see below in the week’s agenda for further event and registration details.  

JMU Community Welcome 
Monday, August 14 

Register by August 9 at 5 PM

JMU Structure, Culture & People
Thursday, August 17 

Register by August 14 at 5 PM

Monday - August 14, 2023

JMU Community Welcome - A Networking and Faculty Support Half-Day




11:30 am – 12:45 pm


Lunch/Faculty Support Resource Fair

Festival Conference Center - Lower Drum

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Workshops and other sessions

Festival Conference Center - Conference Rooms

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Rose Library Open House

Rose Library - 3rd floor

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Student Services Resource Fair/Closing Reception

Rose Library - 3rd floor flex space

Registration is required.

If you have any questions about the Community Welcome event, please contact Andreas Broscheid, CFI Assistant Director for Career Planning programs, at broschax@jmu.edu.

Wednesday - August 16, 2023

University Welcome Back




10:00 am – 11:30 am  

University Welcome 

Atlantic Union Bank Center  

11:30 am – 1:30 pm 


Festival Conference & Student Center 

This is a university-wide event for all faculty, staff and affiliates. Parking is available in the Ballard Parking Deck and Festival Lots: C12 and D3.  

Employees should receive an invitation to their JMU email. RSVP by Friday, August 4 at noon. (Registration is required to be eligible for a door prize.) 

Questions: Contact University Events via email at universityevents@jmu.edu or by phone at 540-568-7787. 

Thursday - August 17, 2023

Faculty Welcome - JMU Structure, Culture, and People

Location: Hall of Presidents (D-Hall, 3rd Floor)



8:30 am – 9:00 am



9:00 am – 10:00 am

Remarks by President Alger, Provost Coltman, and Vice Provost Oldmixon

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Panel 1: Interacting with the Student Population Inside and Outside of the Classroom

10:50 am – 11:40 am

Panel 2: Supports Available for JMU Faculty

11:40 am – 12:30 pm

Panel 3: How to be Successful in Your First Years at JMU

Registration is required.

If you have any questions about this Faculty Welcome event, please contact Gilpatrick Hornsby, CFI Interim Executive Director, at cfi@jmu.edu.

Friday - August 18, 2023

College & Unit Opening Meetings

Stay tuned for emails from your college and/or department for more information on the dates and times of these meetings. 

Registration may be required.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather. 

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile where noted during the registration process for this event. You may also reach out to us at cfi@jmu.edu or (540) 568-4846.

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