In order for your first paycheck to arrive on time (September 30), several forms must be processed. (Please note that your first paycheck will be for only half a month, as will your last paycheck on June 30.)

As soon as you arrive on campus, please visit our SOMD Accounting Office (Music 219F). Ceci LaFayette or Jim Klenke will assist you with completing all the necessary payroll paperwork.

For details about which items you will need in order to complete your payroll paperwork, please see Payroll Information.

Orientation and Meetings

PLEASE NOTE: All new GEs are required to attend the Graduate Employee Orientation on September 19 (details below). You will need your student ID card to sign in and be paid for attending this training. We strongly encourage you to order your student ID card ahead of time. Instructions can be found here.

Teacher Training Workshops

September 11–22. 

More info

Presented by the Teaching Effectiveness Program. Workshops include “Basic Teaching Skills,” “Teaching for the First Time as the Sole Instructor,” “Teaching Large Classes,” and “Teaching in the U.S. for International Graduate Students.”

Register online. Please email with any questions.

 SPEAK Test (REQUIRED for International GEs)

Friday, September 15, 9:00 AM -10:30 AM

Yamada Language Center

More info

Every non-native speaker of English who accepts a GE for a teaching-related position must submit to a test of his/her English-speaking ability. Individuals who score below the minimum scores as noted will be required to attend language support classes and may be subject to limitations on the kinds of activities they may carry out as GEs.

Please contact Trish Pashby at for registration information.

SOMD Faculty/Staff/GE Meeting

Tuesday, September 19

8:30 AM-9:30 AM (Pre-meeting Continental Breakfast)

9:30 AM-12:30 PM (Meeting)

Frohnmayer Music Building, Room 190

New GEs may leave early to attend the Orientation & Mandatory Training (presented by the UO Graduate School).

Orientation & Mandatory Training (REQUIRED for all new GEs)

Tuesday, September 19

11:00 AM-1:00 PM (Pre-Orientation)

1:00 PM–5:00 PM (Orientation & Mandatory GE Training)

Straub Hall

This orientation is mandatory for all graduate students in their first term as a graduate employee. The training is designed to provide GEs with employment-related training to promote understanding of employment policies (such as sick leave, required reporting, and the Americans with Disabilities Act), resources available to employees, and issues related to cultural difference, equity and inclusion, and Title IX policies. This new training program will allow graduate students to start their work as teachers, administrators, and researchers with knowledge of university policies, resources, and strategies for dealing with the challenges of their new work at the UO.

 New and Returning Music GE Meeting

Thursday, September 21, 10:00AM–12:00PM

Frohnmayer Music Building, Room 163

This meeting is strongly recommended for all music GEs. We will address department-specific procedures, including details about workload agreements, sick leave, and use of classroom and building facilities.

For area-specific GE meetings, please contact the area head.

We look forward to meeting you soon.  Your contract begins September 16 and you must be available for meetings that your GE area head may schedule on or after that date.  For more information, please check with your GE area head.


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