New Faculty Orientation, held during the week before classes begin, serves as an introduction to the university for new tenure-line faculty and new term faculty. The program includes an overview of the university and students as well as information on teaching and resources to help you get off to a successful start. The orientation is the first part of the year-long AU Entrée program for new full-time faculty.
Human Resources holds several Benefits Briefings sessions throughout July and August. New faculty will receive an e-mail invitation from the HR Faculty Support Team with detailed information on signing up to attend one of the scheduled sessions. These scheduled Benefits Briefings will give new faculty the opportunity to complete the required I-9 form, tax forms, and review the benefits available as a faculty member at American University. There also will be an opportunity for faculty to complete all of the required benefits enrollment forms and ask any questions about their employment at the university.
On behalf of American University community, the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning is pleased to welcome you to AU.
The New Faculty Orientation, held during the week before classes begin, serves as an introduction to the university for new adjunct faculty, term faculty, and tenure-line faculty. The program includes an overview of the university and students as well as information on teaching and resources to help you get off to a successful start.
Along with the resources on this page, the orientation will include a virtual program. Full program and links to the webinars is provided on the “Watch Webinars” Tab.
The AU Honors Program brings together a diverse community of students and faculty to learn in experiential and inquiry-driven ways. Propelled by curiosity and a willingness to take risks, our students endeavor to push the bounds of the known and the knowable throughout their shared academic journey. The program supports students as they dare to contribute to knowledge, creative expression, and meaningful change.
The Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) program is a selective, first-year living-learning community that emphasizes responsible and meaningful service learning through community-based research opportunities. CBR Scholars have a network of students, faculty, and community partners to help identify avenues to affect social change. CBR Scholars are trained in research methods, research ethics, and issues relevant to the participating nonprofit’s area of focus.
The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program prepares American University’s foremost student and alumni leaders for graduate/professional school, career management, and socially responsible leadership. We annually award our most prestigious, merit-based scholarship (tuition, housing, meal plan, books, mandatory fees, and public transportation) to five incoming first-year student leaders committed to multidimensional excellence.
The Student-Athlete Support Program provides support services for academic enrichment and life-long learning, creates opportunities for personal growth and development, and maintains a standard of integrity and responsibility to all American University Division I student-athletes in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Services, Department of Athletics, and NCAA. Services include academic support, tutoring services, academic advising, NCAA eligibility verification, athletic competition class excusal letters. In addition, The SASP offers student-athlete development meetings and programs to support the holistic well-being of all Division I student-athletes. In an effort to meet the developmental initiatives of the AU Athletic Department, Patriot League, and NCAA, the SASP carries out programs that focus on transitions, leadership development, career preparation and more. The goal is to help AU student-athletes continue to develop on and off the field throughout their time at American. To find out more about the SASP and student-athlete development programs, please visit our webpage on the AU Athletics website, which can be found here.
Each member of the SASP team serves as a holistic counselor for student-athletes on each of AU’s NCAA Division I athletic teams. This role includes one-on-one academic coaching as well as individual meetings to address other areas, including academic scheduling, major exploration, career preparation, and other aspects of personal development. Review information about the Student-Athlete Support Program
American University Division I student-athletes are excused from class for any athletic team events. This includes competitions as well as travel to away events. Faculty will receive a “travel letter” at the beginning of the semester for every student-athlete in their class, which outlines the dates and times for each excused absence. If necessary, the SASP will send updates for post-season competition once they are announced.
The excused absence policy as it pertains to student-athletes is explained in the Academic Rules and Regulations. Item 4.1.1 says, “Excused absences include… athletic team events.” Item 4.1.3 goes on to say, “Students may not be penalized for excused absences but are required to make-up all work missed as a result of the excused absence by the end of the term.” The Academic Rules and Regulations can be found in its entirety here.
Exam Conflicts with Excused Absences
If a student-athlete has an exam scheduled in a class that fall on the day of an excused absence, the Courtesy Testing Service (CTS) can proctor the exam. To request to use CTS, the student and faculty member should decide on alternative arrangements for the exam – a date and time when the student will make up the exam. Then, the faculty member should fill out the Test Request Form at least 3 business days prior to the desired exam date. All information about CTS can be found here.
In an effort to further our commitment to Inclusive Excellence at AU, Human Resources has launched the affinity group program. Affinity groups, also known as employee resource groups, are a collection of people linked by a common purpose or interest. These common interests can include job functions, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education, geography, military status, etc.
Inclusive classrooms are pro-social environments that encourage students to respect the diversity of thought, background, and perspective. Such classrooms are characterized by civil discourse that acknowledges and explores multiple perspectives. An inclusive classroom makes clear that all students have a voice, and diversity in all its forms is respected.
Now in its 12th year, the program has certified more than 600 individual professors at AU as “Green Teachers,” by allowing them to collect points for a variety of environmental actions, intended to (1) reduce the use of paper by moving towards using course materials, assignments, and exams in an electronic format; (2) reduce the use of energy and reduce pollution by using energy efficient equipment, e.g. by making a habit of turning off equipment not in use; scheduling office hours on the day of class; or biking or carpooling to campus; and (3) commit to other measures, such as using reusable food and beverage containers; or talking to department staff about purchasing recycled materials and supplies. Certified faculty receive a Green Teaching Certificate Seal which they can include on course pages and syllabi.
Through the Open American Initiative, the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning offers logistical and technological support to AU faculty who make the switch from cost-bearing textbooks and other resources to freely available OERs. CTRL can assist you with finding OERs to supplement or replace your existing course materials. You might get started by browsing an Open Textbook repository to explore existing OER-based textbooks that are free to students.
The Office of the Dean of Students supports student learning through programs and services that promote growth and development, communicate the values and standards of the AU community, and advocate for students’ needs.
The mission of the American University Health Promotion and Advocacy Center is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce high-risk behaviors, and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.
Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI)
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) works to advance American University’s commitment to respecting and valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison for students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy. To achieve this mission, the center is dedicated to enhancing LGBTQ, multicultural, first generation, and women’s experiences on campus.
The Office of the Dean of Students provides an easy to use reporting tool to share concerns about student behaviors. If you recognize signs of distress or observe disruptive behavior, submit an online report through the Care Network (also found on the myAU.american.edu portal under the Life@AU tab). The Care Network is accessible to faculty, staff and students.
Academic Coaching is a free service available for all American University undergraduate and graduate students. In one-on-one meetings, learners work with professional academic coaches to identify and enhance academic strategies. Sessions are interactive and learners can expect to leave with a strategic action plan. In addition to scheduled appointments, students and faculty can access variety of academic coaching resources to support the academic journey. Students can work with an academic coach proactively to develop academic skills to support learning and wellness. Students in receipt of an Academic Alert, formally known as an Early Warning, and students on academic probation are also encouraged to meet with an academic coach.
Faculty are encouraged to refer students to Academic Coaching. It is important to note that Academic Coaching will work one-on-one to support students adjusting to online learning. Together with a coach students can review all course syllabi, establish time management strategies for classes in all modalities, and work on academic skills specific to both online learning and courses being conducted in hybrid modalities.
Topics covered in one-on-one appointments include:
The ASAC Tutoring Lab provides free one-on-one and drop-in tutoring for selected courses in disciplines such as accounting, biology, chemistry and economics. In your 30 minutes or hour appointment, a peer tutor can assist with understanding course content, providing hands-on practice, and discussing best strategies for studying.
Math & Statistics Tutoring Lab
The Mathematics & Statistics Tutoring Lab provides free drop-in tutoring and scheduled one-on-one tutoring appointments to American University students for exam review, homework assignments, and understanding concepts. The Lab tutors Mathematics concepts up to Calculus II and Statistics concepts up to Intermediate Statistics.
International Student Scholar Services
International Student & Scholar Services has resources to support academic success and participation in campus life including academic counseling, support for second language learners, response to questions about visas, immigration status and employment and intercultural programs, clubs and other campus resources.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free group tutoring program that supports historically challenging courses in disciplines such as accounting, biology, chemistry and economics. SI Leaders facilitate weekly group review sessions that reiterate course content. In your one or two hour session, an SI Leader can assist with learning course concepts, facilitating group learning, and sharing best strategies for studying and note taking
Writing Center offers free, individual coaching sessions to all AU students. In your 45-minute session, a student writing consultant can help you address your assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit your own work.