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New Faculty Orientation Guide


  • Syllabus template
  • Universal design
  • Modeling best practices
  • Integrating technology into teaching (see: resources available in classrooms; Helen's Technology Guides)
  • Policies: attendance, drop/add, exams
  • Teaching quality, methods
  • Team/turn teaching
  • Office hours and availability outside of class
  • Course website
  • Class alias (requesting a class alias)
  • Incomplete policy
  • Grading
  • Teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Connection to practicum placements
  • Class schedules and set up time between classes (class schedules)
  • Missing classes (illness, conferences)
  • Summer school, J-term, special session classes
  • Continuing Education
  • Inloading vs. overloading classes
  • Bringing in outside speakers
  • Outside of class activities for candidates
  • Change of grade forms

Advising (Spring)

  • Purposes
  • Office hours
  • Accessing student records
  • Using Academic Progress Audit System (APAS)
  • Student Affairs Office

Research (Tenure and Tenture Track only)


  • Department
  • College
  • Campus
  • Professional organizations
  • Community


  • Meetings: department, program, Field Experience
  • Collaboration
  • Partnering with P-12 school
  • Commencement
  • Outside consulting
  • Typing of syllabi and other documents
  • Who to notify if you are away
  • Printing from computer department laser printers
  • Faculty Resources web page
  • Annual Performance Review

Nuts and Bolts

Using Department Technology and Equipment

  • Mistress key
  • Copier and risograph
  • Laptop carts
  • Digital video cameras
  • CPS (keypads to record student answers to questions)
  • Computer projectors
  • Coffee
  • Recycling (in own offices, in kitchen, across campus)


  • Where to find stuff
  • Who is who, what they do (faculty, staff, work study students)
  • Phone system
  • Email, class aliases
  • Parking
  • Teaching evaluation forms
  • Ordering textbooks
  • Getting class lists, checking class status
  • Overrides ("magic numbers")
  • UMD ID card

Orientation to Campus

  • Getting around: maps and directions
  • Library
  • Bookstores
  • Technology
    • AV services (where, what, how to use – faculty and students) (check-out equipment)
    • student computer labs
    • faculty labs (Learning Technology Center)
    • VDIL
    • classroom technology
    • using laptops in classroom
  • Sports facilities
  • Food (Griggs, Kirby, coffee cart)
  • Credit union, automatic deposit

Structure of University

  • University of Minnesota system
  • College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) structure
  • Education Department structure

Faculty Support

  • Instructional Development Service (IDS)
    • Workshops
    • One-on-one
    • Website
  • Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS)
  • Workshops
  • One-on-one
  • Technophytes
  • Tech Camp
  • Website (ITSS Home Page and Technology Resource Guide)
  • UMD as your Internet Service Provider:
    • Email
    • Website
    • Storage space
    • Novell and Mac accounts (and software available)
  • Union (University Education Association – UEA)
    • Grants
    • Research grants
    • Chancellor’s grant Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP)
    • Regents' Scholarship
  • Travel support: department and college

Useful Campus Websites

Glossary of Acronyms and Terms

Tenure Track Faculty

  • Mentors
  • Research expectations
  • Annual performance review for probationary faculty
  • Using start-up funds
  • Observing others and being observed

Acronyms and Terms

  • CACTE: Community Advisory Council for Teacher Education (Education Department advisory group of local P-12 school people)
  • Candidates: Education department students (differentiates them from P-12 students)
  • CEHSP: College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • CLA: College of Liberal Arts
  • ECh: Early Childhood
  • ELC: Education Leadership Council (department leadership group)
  • HPER: Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • MACTE: Minnesota Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • NCATE: National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • OFE: Office of Field Experiences (UMD Education Department)
  • SBE: School of Business and Economics
  • SEC: Student Education Council (Education Department advisory group of students from each program)
  • STEP: Secondary and K-12 Teacher Education Program
  • TEC: Teacher Education Council (advisory committee to Education Department with representatives from across campus)
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