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Resources for New Faculty

Welcome/Orientation Programs

The Faculty Development Center (FDC) hosts a full-day welcome program for new full-time/regular faculty each August and an evening orientation program for new part-time/adjunct faculty each semester (January and August). The departments/centers/offices below offer resources that may be of help as you transition to teaching at UMBC. Under Resources for Faculty below, you will find links to their websites where you can obtain additional information. If you attend a welcome or orientation program, you will receive flyers from some of these offices at the program. If you have any questions about the programs or resources or suggestions to improve this webpage, please don’t hesitate to email us at fdc@umbc.edu. Welcome to UMBC!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I access my UMBC email and Blackboard course shell?
myUMBC is the University’s centralized site for access to resources such as your UMBC email, calendar, Blackboard course shell, Google Drive, and groups. Once you are in the UMBC system, you will need to setup your myUMBC account using the instructions here. You will need your campus ID, which you can request from your department administrator.

Q: Where can I obtain more information on using Blackboard and other technology?
A: For more information on getting started with Blackboard and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the Blackboard section of our technology page. For more information on classroom technology, student administration, scantron, clickers, and technology training and support, please visit our technology page.

Q: How do I obtain my campus ID card?
A: Your campus card serves as your official photo ID of UMBC as well as your meal, library, gym, transit, and room access card. You can pick up your campus ID card directly from the campus card office in the University Center. The campus card office typically stays open late (until 6 p.m.) the day of the part-time/adjunct faculty orientation as we know that many part-time faculty may find it difficult to get their campus ID card during regular business hours.

Q: Where can I locate software available for download?
A: You can find software available for faculty to download on this page.

Q: I attended a Title IX training on campus. Why am I receiving an email about a training?
A: UMBC requires that all faculty and staff attend both in-person on-campus Title IX training as well as complete an online Title IX training module.

Q: When and how often are faculty paid?
A: All UMBC faculty are paid bi-weekly (every other Friday). Your initial paper check will be distributed to you via your department and then direct deposit will commence. HR suggests keeping your paper paycheck stub handy for creating an account to log into the Payroll Online Service Center. For more detailed information, visit the HR Paycheck and Direct Deposit Website for Employees.

Q: When will I learn about benefits?
A: New full-time faculty will be invited to a New Employee Orientation from Human Resources, are required to select a retirement plan before they can be on payroll, and can review a summary of benefits. New part-time faculty working less than 30 hours per week can enroll for un-subsidised coverage within 60 days of hire. If you have questions about HR orientation or benefits, please contact HR Benefits at hrbenefits@umbc.edu.

Resources for Faculty

Academic Resources

Faculty Development Center – Supports faculty in their teaching role through programming, consultations, and other services. The Adjunct Faculty Handbook has resources that are helpful to faculty as they transition to UMBC.

The Syllabus as a Teaching Tool – Resources on creating a syllabus

Instructional Technology – Supports faculty in their use of technology tools (including Blackboard) in the classroom through training programs and consultations

Academic Integrity – Contains UMBC’s Statement of Values for Academic Integrity by providing resources and education

Academic Success Center – Provides undergraduate academic support programs: Academic Advocacy, Academic Policy, and Academic Learning Resources including tutoring, a writing center, SI Pass, and FYI alerts.

Library – Provides course reserves, instruction, interlibrary loan, databases, and study rooms

Research – Supports faculty in their pursuit of research, scholarship and creative achievement across all levels.

Faculty Senate (Full-Time/Regular Faculty) – Shared governance representatives for regular faculty

Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee – Shared governance representatives for adjunct faculty

Transfer Student Resources – Resources for all transfer students to encourage success

Academic Engagement and Transition Programs – Coordinates university-wide initiatives to support students toward successful completion. They offer opportunities for faculty to teach Introduction to an Honors University and Transfer Student Seminar courses.

 

Resources for Assisting Students

Student Disability Services – Ensures that UMBC students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity through accommodations and reasonable modifications

Student Conduct and Community Standards – Publishes and enforces standards of student behavior, facilitates community development, and works to maintain a safe and productive environment

Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team – Includes a downloadable guide for helping students in distress

University Health Services/Counseling Center – Provides outpatient primary care clinical services, counseling, and outreach

Shriver Center – Provides engaged scholarship and applied learning opportunities

Individualized Study – Allows students to assemble a custom degree proposal

English Language Institute – Resources for learning and teaching English

Veteran’s Services – Resources for veterans and information about Green Zone training (Link coming)

 

Campus Resources

Human Resources – Provides services and information on many topics including payroll, benefits, training and development

Office of Equity and Inclusion – Promotes and coordinates inclusive excellence and equity, and manages Title IX efforts as well as other civil rights issues, including discrimination, harassment, hate, and bias

Parking – Issues permits, manages parking and enforces parking rules and regulations. Typical parking information for adjunct faculty can be found here. PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, there are no parking fees or permits for Fall 2020. However, please register your vehicle on your account beginning on August 15 to ensure that parking services can contact you if needed (e.g. lights are left on).

Campus Map – Resources including parking, accessibility, all-gender restroom and smoking area maps

Bookstore – Information on course materials as well as UMBC merchandise

UMBC News – Articles on new research grants and programs, publications and performances, campus-wide events, and faculty in the media. Sign up for the weekly UMBC News email to get updates via email.

Portraits – provides consistent, professional-quality headshots for UMBC faculty and staff

Women’s Center – Advances gender equity through programming, support services, and advocacy

Retriever Essentials – A faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in our university community

Chartwells Dining – Information about dining on campus and faculty/staff meal plans

Athletics – Sports schedules, team, and ticket information

Recreation – Fitness/Wellness, intramurals, group fitness/yoga classes, weight training and more

Scientific Glass Shop – Scientific glassware and general glassblowing services

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