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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?
A: Once you are in the UMBC system, you will need to setup your myUMBC account, which will provide access to your UMBC email, Blackboard course shell, and many other UMBC resources. Instructions on how to create a myUMBC account can be found 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?
A: For more information on getting started with Blackboard and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our Blackboard 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.

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 – PDF available for download with 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 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

Parking – Issues permits, manages parking and enforces parking rules and regulations. Parking information for adjunct faculty can be found here.

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

Human Relations/Title IX – Promotes equal opportunity and respect for all members of the community

Women’s CenterAdvances 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 and team information

Recreation – Wellness and sports opportunities

Scientific Glass Shop – Scientific glassware and general glassblowing services

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