New Adjunct Faculty Orientation

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with the Office of the Provost and Human Resources & Payroll to host Mason’s biannual New Adjunct Faculty Orientation.

The fall 2018 New Adjunct Faculty Orientation will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018.


Registration is required and restricted to new adjunct faculty members. Registration information will be forthcoming.

Check-in will begin at 9:00am in the first floor of Alan and Sally Merten Hall; please try to get arrive by 8:30am.


Free parking is available on Levels 1 and 2 of the Rappahannock River Parking Deck. Please do not park in the visitor parking section.

Of Note

We will provide breakfast and lunch for participants. Please bring your laptop or other mobile device, as the afternoon Blackboard session will be hands on.

2018 Tentative Schedule of Events

All events will take place in (Alan and Sally) Merten Hall

9:00am-10:00amRoom 1201Registration and Breakfast
LobbyResource Fair
Room 4100Paperwork, Photo ID, and IT Support
10:00am-10:10amRoom 1201Welcome
10:10am-12:00pmRoom 1201Tour of PatriotWeb
• HR & Payroll side
• Student side

Important Policy Information
• Title IX
• Clery Act

Teaching and Learning Support
• Student Support Services
• Syllabus design and Succeeding the first week of class

Blackboard Overview
12:00pm-12:30pmRoom 1203Q&A with Morning Presenters
Room 1204Blackboard Q&A
LobbyResource Fair (continued)
Room 4100Paperwork, Photo ID, and IT Support
Optional Afternoon Workshops: Registration Required
12:30pm-1:00pmRoom 1201Lunch will be provided for those who attended the morning New Adjunct Orientation sessions and will be staying for the afternoon workshop sessions.

**Please note that, per state food and beverage policies, lunch is only available to those participating in the full day of events.
12:45pm-1:45pmRoom 1201About Mason Students
• Undergraduate
• Graduate

Mason Student Trends
1:45pm-1:50pmMove to Breakout Sessions
1:50pm-2:50pmRoom 1201Session A
Classroom Management: Working with Multilingual Students, Approaches to Student Technology, Dealing with Disruptive Students, and Other Interesting Matters
Room 1202Session B
Getting and Keeping Students Engaged During Class Discussions: In Person and Online
3:00pm-4:00pmRoom 1201Session A
Adding Functionality to your Blackboard Course Design
Room 1202Session B
Maximizing your Classroom Time with your Students
4:10pm-5:00pmRoom 1201Consultation Tables on Selected Topics:
* Effectively Responding to Student Writing
* Using Groups Effectively In and Outside the Classroom
* Design Fundamentals for Online Courses
5:00pmEnd of Orientation

Thank you for coming - Good luck with your semesters!