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Welcome to American University! Information for New Full-Time Faculty

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We're excited that you'll be joining American University as we build on our legacy of leadership, scholarship, and service, and boldly embrace opportunities for greater impact.

This page contains a summary of the things that you'll need to do and know to transition into your new role.

If you have any questions, please contact the American University HR Payroll Helpline at 202-885-3836.

New Hire Packet

You will receive an email from "" that contains important new hire documents, resources, and policies to review. Please follow the instructions and complete before your first day at AU.

Forms to complete in your new hire packet

  • Personal Information

  • Foreign National Status

  • Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

  • Form W-4, Employee’s Federal Withholding Allowance Certificate

  • State Tax Withholding Form

  • DC Pregnancy Accommodation Notice

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Self-Identify Form

  • Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form

Resources in your new hire packet

Contact the Dean of Academic Affairs for more information about Faculty Orientation:

Dean of Academic Affairs

Leonard Lower Level
Office of Academic Affairs
400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8025

There are a few more things that you will need to do within the first week that you begin working once you have started in your role and have access to AU’s portal.

Verify Part 2 of Your Federal I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility)


  • Sign up for Direct Deposit, AU’s primary method of payment. You will need your banking information to complete the online form.
    • Make your payment selection. Direct deposit is AU's primary method of payment. If you do not sign up for direct deposit, you will be issued a paper check and it will be sent to your school for distribution. Please note that Money Network™ TotalPay® Card appears as an option to receive your pay, but it is not longer available.
    • Once you've selected Direct Deposit as your payment method, use the navigation that appears under the Eagle Service logo and select Employee > Banking Information to add your bank information.


  • Provide consent to receive your W2 tax statement online.
    The W-2 form is the document that employers are required to send to each of their employees and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the end of the year. The form reports the employee's annual wages and the amount of taxes and is used to file tax returns each year by the April 15 deadline.

Designate your emergency contact

  • You will need their name, address, and phone number(s).