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Faculty Development: New Faculty Orientation

Guide to Faculty Development Resources.

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Contact the Faculty Development Coordinator

Rachael Lancor, Ph.D.

Phone (608) 663-6997

Please note that I check email often during the summer, but infrequently check my voice mail.

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In Your Department

  1. Talk with your Chair/Dean and colleagues about department specific instructional issues, such as course design, pedagogical philosophy, grading, meeting prerequisites, etc.
  2. Consult the college catalog to become familiar with your department's academic policies and degree requirements, the scope and sequence of courses, and the role of your courses within majors/minors. Take care that you give accurate information to students. 
  3. Take note of any General Education "tags" carried by your course, and inquire with your Dean/Chair/colleagues about what goals and assessments have been approved for meeting the Intended Learning Outcomes (See General Education Curriculum Goals below).
  4. Ask your Dean/Chair to assign a seasoned faculty member as your in-department mentor. 
  5. Inquire about what out-of-class responsibilities you will have (committee work, Faculty Association, etc), and what opportunities are available to you (workshops, conference attendance, campus events, etc.)

Policies for Course Enrollment

  1. Check your online class roster, and report discrepancies in attendance (listed students who are not attending, or students in attendance who are not listed) to the Registrar's Office. Only students on your final roster can be awarded grades at the end of the semester.
  2. When students ask you to admit them to full classes, it is your decision. Added students will not be officially registered until you sign an add/drop form, which they must return to the Registrar's Office.
  3.  Attend to student deadlines for adding and withdrawing from classes (see the academic calendar). Check your roster online on Edgewood Express, for the most current class list information.
  4. There may be times, typically at the beginning of the semester, when the Business Office withdraws student for non-payment of fees; such students are reinstated if they make the required payment. You can inquire with the Registrar's Office whether a student dropped or was withdrawn from a class.

Academic Advising

New faculty do not advise students during their first year of employment, and must receive training before they do advise. 

All students are assigned an advisor. First year students are assigned to Freshman Advisors, and also receive some college orientation and advising services in the required COR 1 classes.  Students who have decided on a major are assigned to a Professional Advisor or Faculty Advisor in their major department. Full-time faculty in departments with Faculty Advisors typically advise 20-25 students.

Students should be referred to their Academic Advisor for questions about academic policies and degree requirements, and must meet with advisors each semester before registering for classes. 

Before Classes Start

  1. With your Edgewood ID and password ready, visit the faculty page of Edgewood Express  for course information, including room locations, start and end times, and a class list.  You'll be able to see photos of your students also. Click here for a campus map to locate buildings.
  2. Get your office assignment and key.  Talk to your Chair/Dean and Human Resources (DER 214).
  3. Explore parking and transportation alternatives, and then talk to the Security Office about your options (Weber Security Office, 663-4321).
  4. Check with the Bookstore to make sure your books have been ordered (608-663-2213), or check the textbook adoption portal in Edgewood Express (after you log in you will see a 'Book Adoption' link on the left hand side). To request a desk copy of a course textbook, contact Ashley Kerchner
  5. Talk to your chair/dean regarding available administrative support.
  6. Before classes start or early in the semester, create your weekly schedule, including office hours (see template on templates tab on the main faculty development page).  Post the schedule for students, and give a copy to the Academic Dean's Office (DER 222).
  7. Create your syllabus, and send a copy to Julie Wendt  in the library for archiving.  Access the academic calendar, get the registrations deadlines from the registrar's office, and view the syllabus format guidelines below. For help with technology-enhanced curriculum design or support for developing online/blended courses, contact Rebecca Zambrano
  8. Develop your course site in Blackboard.  Check with Diane Deci regarding assistance and training opportunities. Dennis James can offer assistance on making Blackboard sites accessible to all users (Universal Design for Learning). 

Teaching Considerations


  1. If you are ill and need to cancel a class, you MUST notify the Academic Dean's Office (663-2200) as soon as possible. Office personnel will post an official notice of cancellation on your classroom door.
  2. Set regular office hours and post the times outside your office, in your syllabus, etc. (Talk to your chair/dean about departmental expectations.)
  3. Become familiar with classroom technologies such as Blackboard, the use of projectors/videos in class, etc (the Technology Assistance Center, 663-6900, can offer guidance as needed).
  4. Talk to your Chair/Dean about expectations for grading. You will receive e-mail reminders about deadlines, and grades can be entered in the Faculty Course Control section of Edgewood Express.
  5. Instructors are responsible for communicating their course attendance policy to students. We recommend that you take attendance at each class and promptly follow up with students who are missing class regularly.
  6. Identify the librarian liaison(s) for your program(s) and discuss the materials and services you will need for your students and classes. To put materials on reserve, contact Julie Wendt.
  7. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: If you suspect a student of dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism) please contact the Associate Academic Dean's office (Kelley Grorud, 663-2200). You may also review the Academic Honesty Policy (document below). 

Faculty Benefits

For the most up-to-date information about faculty benefits, visit the Human Resources site (login required)