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 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 have any questions about the programs or resources or suggestions to improve this webpage, please don’t hesitate to email us at 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.

Q: Where can I locate software available for download?

A: You can find software available for faculty to download on this page.

Q: What is the difference between support from DoIT/Instructional Technology and the FDC?

A: DoIT focuses on supporting the technology tools for teaching and provides training for tools (e.g. Blackboard, Panopto, VoiceThread) and hybrid/online course design. The FDC is UMBC’s teaching center which focuses on teaching and learning across face-to-face or online courses, pedagogical research, and assessment of learning outcomes. DoIT and FDC collaborate but are separate units with separate reporting structures. FDC programs are often discussion-based programs that focus on building community around teaching, and the FDC also offers confidential consultations and certificate programs.

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 unsubsidized coverage within 60 days of hire. If you have questions about HR orientation or benefits, please contact HR Benefits at

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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.

Creating a Syllabus – Resources on creating a syllabus and the syllabus as a teaching tool

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

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

Academic Success Center – Provides undergraduate academic support programs: Academic Advocacy, Academic Policy, and Academic Learning Resources including subject tutoring, Writing Center, SI PASS review sessions, online learning videos, individualized academic support and academic alerts.

Student Course Evaluations – Presentation from IRADS

Faculty Annual Report Using Digital Measures – Presentation from IRADS

Library – Provides course reserves, class instruction, research support, interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing, databases and ejournals, and faculty study rooms. Their faculty services webpage provides information on services.

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 initiatives to support students toward successful completion and offer opportunities to teach 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. Accommodated testing is described in more detail here. The SDS faculty resources webpage provides information for faculty.

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

Retriever Integrated Health – 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 – For resources for veterans and information about Green Zone training, email Meredith Oyen


Campus Resources

Human Resources – Provides services and information on payroll, benefits, training and development, and wellness

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. Responsible for ensuring UMBC’s compliance with state and federal training requirements by assigning student and faculty/staff training.

Parking – Issues permits, manages parking and enforces parking rules and regulations. Parking information for adjunct faculty can be found in this Spring 2022 flyer.

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

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.

UMBC Police – provides police service to respond to criminal offenses, service requests, complaints, and other safety issues on campus.

Bookstore – Information on course materials as well as UMBC merchandise

UMBC Brand and Style Guide – guidelines for proper use of elements of the UMBC identity

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

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

Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging (i3b) – creates opportunities to build awareness and knowledge of diverse people, cultures and belief systems.

Retriever Essentials – A faculty, staff, and student partnership to tackle food insecurity in our university community. Resources include a free food pantry and a meal swipe donation program.

Chartwells Dining – Information about dining on campus and faculty/staff meal plans. See also these Fall 2021 flyers.

Athletics – Sports schedules, team, and ticket information. Faculty/Staff receive a discount on individual game and basketball season tickets.

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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