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Part-time Faculty Orientation

Part-time (adjunct) Faculty Orientations are held 4 times a year (in January, May, and twice in August) alternating between Friday afternoons (in person) and Saturday mornings (via Zoom web conference). If there are changes in the ability to hold sessions on campus, registrants will be notified via email. 

All UMSL part-time faculty, new or returning, are welcome to register. These sessions are highly engaging and interactive including conversations with the Provost, strategizing about your learning materials, and interactive case study discussions with our panels of student supports from across campus. Our goal is for you to leave with a wealth of new contacts to help you and your students have a successful experience at UMSL.

If these dates do not match your availability, we can also schedule an individual meeting for acute questions in January or May-July. This will include an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of the CTL and customized Q&A for your specific needs, but will not include the rich interactive environment the full event provides. If utilizing this expedited option to launch your first semester, we do still you encourage to attend a future orientation date as your schedule allows. We are not able to offer this option in August due to the large volume of orientation events we run across campus for numerous groups that month.

Orientation Schedule

Workshop: UMSL Educational Technology Basics including Q&A
We will help you navigate the many different educational technology systems available to UMSL faculty to facilitate your teaching. You will have opportunities to ask specific questions, get supported help as you build your course materials, or hear a general overview of resources and advice on how to navigate the different options on campus for technical support.


Welcome & Introductions
Representatives from the Provost’s office and Academic Affairs join to welcome you to UMSL.

Getting to Know Our UMSL Students 
This interactive workshop will help you learn about the unique dynamics of our students here at UMSL and how you can tailor your teaching to be inclusive and supportive of this uniquely rich and diverse population. 


Partners in Learning: Supporting Students
Campus colleagues share insights and details about student success topics you’ll experience in the first weeks of the semester as well as resources for who to contact and when. Examples will be provided of how to handle disability access accommodation letters, enrollment verifications, and submitting flags for student concerns.

  • Disability Access Services
  • Student Enrichment and Achievement
  • Student Advocacy and Care


Promoting Student Well-Being, Academic Integrity & Addressing Student Conduct Challenges
Representatives from key UMSL offices lead a discussion about supporting successful learning environments around academic and classroom issues as well as how to support student well-being and success:  student counseling, student conduct supports, classroom security, and academic integrity resources and campus experts. Examples and resource contacts will be provided.
Discussion is led by:

  • Health, Counseling, and Disability Access Services
  • Office of Academic Integrity

Jen McKanry
CTL Assistant Director
(314) 516-4513