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Try to obtain your UMSL login information before orientation events! The success of the orientation increases if participants have Canvas and Exchange (email) accounts. Administrative assistants and Department Chairs may authorize these accounts as soon as new colleagues are identified. Departments are encouraged to complete the hiring process early so that faculty members are assigned in the system to the courses they will be teaching. This can be completed before the final paperwork is processed as long as the paperwork has been initiated through Human ResourcesIf you have any difficulty or questions, please contact Information Technology Services (ITS) at  helpdesk@umsl.edu or (314) 516-6034.

Getting Started Teaching at UMSL

Teaching at a new institution, in an unfamiliar department, or even a new course can raise questions for new and experienced instructors alike. This page will succinctly address some of those questions with a short answer and a resource to consult or contact for further information. At the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) we see ourselves as a connection point. If you can’t find the answer you need on these pages or even if it does not seem like an issue about teaching and learning we are happy to point you to the right person/resource so do not hesitate to reach out (ctl@umsl.edu).

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Graduate Student Professional Development Summit

This event was previously called the Teaching Assistant Academy (TAA); that name now refers to a new year-long program to support students currently working as graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and graduate instructors (GIs). The Graduate Student Professional Development Summit is a day-long professional development conference for new and returning graduate students, graduate teaching assistants, and those interested in teaching in the university setting in the future. The Summit provides resource and development opportunities for students across all disciplines. Sessions address the needs of grad students for surviving and thriving in graduate school and for successful teaching and learning.

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New Full-Time Faculty Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to UMSL through our New Faculty Orientation Program which runs each August. New Full-Time Faculty Orientation includes a one to two-day orientation in August, the week before classes start, followed by an extended orientation program that meets monthly throughout the academic year. Please register below to let us know how we can tailor the experience to your needs.

Extended Orientation: We are pleased to offer an extended orientation to new faculty to offer timely introductions to campus supports and systems as needed throughout your first year.

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Part-Time Faculty Orientation

All part-time (also known as adjunct) UMSL faculty are encouraged to join us for a half-day orientation session. Held four times a year, this event helps connect you with campus resources and support to get you started on the right foot.

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Looking for information on the Online Teaching Certification, online course design, or other technology-based webinars? See the Missouri Online webinar and training offering schedule.