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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 pertaining to teaching and learning we are happy to point you to the right person/resource so do not hesitate to reach out (ctl@umsl.edu).


 


Full-time New 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 use the registration form below to let us know how we can tailor the experience to your needs.

See Sample Schedule

Chancellor's Reception

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

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Part-time Faculty Orientation

All part-time (aka adjunct) UMSL faculty are encouraged to join us for a half day orientation session. Held six times a year, this event helps connect you with campus resources and supports to get you started on the right foot. See upcoming schedule and register:

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Teaching Assistant Academy (TAA)

Offered Annually The Teaching Assistant Academy (TAA) is a day-long professional development conference for all Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors. The Academy provides resource and development opportunities for teaching assistants across all disciplines. Specialized sessions address the needs of GTA's and GI's for surviving and thriving in graduate school and for successful teaching and learning. The Academy is also a great venue to connect with other new and returning Graduate Assistants.


 



Try to Obtain Your UMSL Login Information Before Orientations!

The success of the orientation increases if participants have Canvas and Exchange (e-mail) 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 final paperwork is processed as long as the paperwork has been initiated through human resources.

If you have any difficulty or questions, please contact Information Technology Services (ITS) helpdesk@umsl.edu or phone 314-516-6034.