New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to the VCU School of Medicine New Faculty Orientation web page designed to provide a "quick start" for all new full or part-time clinical, basic science and administrative faculty. We are pleased that you have selected VCU as a place to further expand and develop your professional career.

The New Faculty Orientation is conducted annually each fall.  The goal is to enhance the effectiveness of faculty by introducing them to the mosaic of leaders, programs and resources to help support their career development, teaching, research and clinical care.

Also online at is a welcome message from Dr. Peter Buckley, Dean of the School of Medicine, and seven interactive modules that contain essential information for you to know as a recently hired faculty member.

We hope you will find this information to be a helpful guide. For questions, contact:

Office of Faculty Affairs
McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 4th Floor, Suite 4-100
Phone: 804-828-6591 or 804-828-3134

New Faculty Orientation Agenda 2019

Program Description: This year's orientation is an opportunity for key leaders in the University to welcome our new faculty to VCU. This is also the time the School provides new faculty with information to ensure that they are knowledgeable about current resources available that will enhance their professional development and quality of life as faculty.  The program will be held Wednesday, August 21, in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St., 6th Floor, Room 6-200A/205B. The Orientation and reception will run from approximately 3:00 - 6:00 pm, with registration starting at 2:30 pm. Please register online.

This event launches a schedule of programs and workshops that represent a broad spectrum of strategies and tools that will facilitate the new faculty's role in teaching, research and service. The Reception following the orientation program is an opportunity for new faculty to interact with each other, department chairs, and key leaders from the medical center and to provide resources of programs and opportunities at the School.

Recruitment and Onboarding Guide

A key part of VCU’s strategic management plan for faculty recruitment and retention begins with the process of integrating faculty into their new work

A key part of VCU’s strategic management plan for faculty recruitment and retention begins with the process of integrating faculty into their new work environment, which includes Onboarding and Orientation. Onboarding is the first step and serves several functions:

  • Ensures that the faculty feels welcome and supported.
  • Shortens time to productivity.
  • Contributes to faculty’s ability to make impact immediately and over time.

The primary goal of this system is to track the recruitment requests and to address the onboarding needs for new teaching/research, clinical, and administrative/professional faculty.

Onboarding can be a long-term process that starts before arrival on campus and extend over months. It helps hiring managers prepare for the arrival of new faculty. The checklist is designed to get faculty onboard and to assist with the orientation process. Once the faculty starts, he/she can work together with the hiring manager to complete the checklist. The hiring manager may add additional activities that are relevant to the new faculty’s position/area. Internal transfer faculty may omit items that are not applicable. sWhile one basic list of items to be completed at each step will be consistent, variations in the length of the process, the tactical approaches to integration, and the staff involved may change based on the needs of the newly hired faculty.