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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: 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 unsubsidized coverage within 60 days of hire. If you have questions about HR orientation or benefits, please contact HR Benefits at email@example.com.
Resources for Faculty
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
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 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 for faculty.
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. 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
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 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
Recreation – Fitness/Wellness, intramurals, group fitness/yoga classes, weight training and more
Scientific Glass Shop – Scientific glassware and general glassblowing services