Getting Started at FAS

As of spring 2020, Getting Started at FAS Orientation program has shifted from an in-person session to a virtual online session. Those who are newly hired will receive an invitation on their offer letters that they are auto-enrolled to attend an upcoming virtual orientation with our Getting Started facilitators. The FAS HR Programs team will reach out with a formal invitation and instructions for accessing the online Orientation. We are currently reviewing on-campus programming availability for the future. In the meantime, please use the dropdown chart below to view Orientation session information.

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Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences!

You have probably already heard that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is a great place to work. As you get more comfortable with our campus and your job, we urge you to explore the world of opportunities available to you here and learn for yourself what makes this working environment special.

Getting Started at FAS’s core goals are to provide new FAS employees insight, information, and strategic support that will assist them during the onboarding process and through their journey within FAS and Harvard overall. At the same time, new FAS employees will have a chance to ask questions and meet other new staff members.

For more information about Getting Started at FAS  or to reschedule to another session, please contact

Getting Started at FAS Orientation Information

New FAS Employee Orientation Info

Who: Newly hired FAS staff. 

How: No registration is needed. Newly hired FAS staff will be sent an invitation one-two weeks before their orientation date indicating the upcoming session they are invited to attend. New hires will be invited to the session that falls after their first day of work.

Where: All orientation sessions will be held virtually through Zoom. Please check in with your Department Administrator for properly set up your Zoom account, if you have not already.

When: Orientaions are held on a bi-monthy basis. Please email with any questions.

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New FAS Employee Orientation Agenda

  • Community
    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Harvard and FAS Communities
    • Q & A
  • Culture
    • FAS Org Chart
    • Division breakdown
  • Connection
    • Title IV and Key Policies
    • Resources for Development Opportunities

New FAS Employee Orientation Dates

2020 Virtual Dates:

Orientations will be held virtually on the following dates:

January 14, 2021

February 10, 2021

March 11, 2021

April 7, 2021

May 13, 2021

June 16, 2021

New FAS Employee Orientation Registration

Registration is not required. 

Please see your offer letter indicating your virtual Getting Started at FAS orientation date. If there is no date indicated, newly hired FAS staff will be sent a personal invitation indicating the upcoming session they are invited to attend. New hires will be invited to the session that falls after their first day of work.

Harvard Central Administration New Employee Orientation

Looking to learn about Harvard's benefits and services?

Please be sure to attend the Harvard-wide New Employee Orientation during your first few weeks at the FAS, where you will learn about Harvard's structure and culture as well.