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New Faculty Guide | Basic Information

Information desk in MGC

Getting to campus; Getting around on campus

Navigate your way to and on campus by using one of several maps. If you will come by the Metro, American University offers a free shuttle bus from the Tenleytown Metro station to both main campus and the Washington College of Law daily and on weekends.

If you will drive to campus, AU has several parking lots available to faculty, staff and students. Full-time faculty who drive everyday are encouraged to register their vehicle with the University and obtain a full-time faculty/staff parking permit, that can be paid through convenient pre-tax payroll deductions. Full-time permits are valid in all faculty/staff lots at all times. If you choose to drive to campus, you must display your AU permit 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Parking after 5 pm weekdays and on weekends is free. Parking for Adjunct faculty is available free of charge in the Nebraska Commuter Lot and Katzen Garage by displaying a special adjunct permit.

Parking can also be paid for hourly by cash or credit card (MC, VISA or Discover) at convenient Pay-As-You-Go machines located in the Nebraska Commuter lot or Katzen Garage. Pre-paid Nebraska Commuter lot and Katzen Garage permits may also be purchased from Public Safety in daily and weekly increments.

Getting connected on campus

To gain access to various services on campus, you'll need a Faculty ID card.

Using the campus phone system, you can contact other faculty and offices. Set up your voice mail or learn how to make long-distance calls here.

Technologically, begin with the Office of Information Technology's (OIT) tips for getting connected. If you need IT assistance to troubleshoot your software, hardware, networking, telecommunications and cable television issues, contact the Help Desk by phone, email or instant message.

Human Resources

  • Daniele Tellish is the contact for professors in the following schools: Kogod School of Business, School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, and the Washington College of Law. She can be reached at 202.885.3749. 
  • Jennifer Gorman is your contact for faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Communications. She can be reached at 202.885.3739.
  • Please note that the HR office is located off the main campus along New Mexico Avenue: 3201 New Mexico Ave NW.

Human Resources offers Benefits Briefing sessions for new faculty. Please contact Daniele or Jennifer to reserve a space in one of the sessions. (Dates are listed to the right.)

Pertinent for Teaching

AU uses a 4 point grading system. A comprehensive online resource for AU's academic regulations can also be found on the Office of the Registrar's web site.

Students' grades can be submitted online through the AU portal, Confidentiality of students' academic records must be respected, as regulated by FERPA.


The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning offers orientation sessions for new faculty and new adjunct faculty. Follow the appropriate link below for information about dates.

New Tenure Line Faculty Orientation

New Term Faculty Orientation

Adjunct Orientation