Here you will find theoretical and practical information of all sorts to help you teach UB students. Explore, enjoy, benefit and e-mail Interim Associate Dean Deborah Kohl if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the content of this guidebook.
If you are teaching at the Universities at Shady Grove, reference the Universities at Shady Grove Faculty Guidebook.
Adjunct faculty members are initially hired by division chairs, program directors or core course coordinators (that is, full-time faculty members or administrators) within the College of Arts and Sciences. Some adjunct faculty members have applied in response to an advertisement, others are professional colleagues of existing faculty members and some are UB alumni or staff members. Adjunct faculty members must meet certain educational and professional standards to be appointed to teach courses at the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral levels.
Adjunct faculty members should address questions related to the courses they will teach to the faculty member who hired them. They should address questions about the hiring process and contracts to Sonja Journee (410.837.5355), administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean, AC 249.
You can email your entire class using My Faculty Center on the MyUB portal.
The University provides special drop box-style FTP (File Transfer Protocol) sites as alternatives to using Sakai and email for student work submissions (especially if they're submitting large files). Rather than asking students to email you their assignments, thus requiring you to save attachments from individual emails and organize them for storage, students can "drop" their assignments into the FTP drop box. This method prevents students from seeing each other's work but allows you to access the assignments through the FTP site or download them as a group to your computer.
To set up an FTP drop box, contact the Office of Technology Services, 410.837.6262.
A syllabus for a college- or university-level course can have a variety of purposes. Foremost is that of informing its students what standards, requirements and outcomes will be expected of them in the course. The course syllabus is not a true contract, but in many ways it expresses an "informal agreement" between the instructor and the students. Students will ordinarily hold instructors to the content of the syllabus throughout the course. And conversely, instructors will hold students to that content throughout the course.
A second purpose is to inform other colleges and universities of the content of a course so they may determine if it is equivalent to a similar one that they offer, necessary when students transfer out of the University of Baltimore or graduate and then go on to pursue a higher degree.
A third major function of the syllabus is to present accreditation bodies with a thorough understanding of curriculum and instruction practices. Professional accrediting bodies will examine the integrity of departmental instruction and will look to course syllabi as part of their evaluation process.
For faculty members in tenure-track positions, syllabi may also be used as part of the tenure and promotion process in the evaluation of teaching.
For all of these purposes, the construction of a syllabus cannot be taken lightly. It must represent a true picture of the content and expectations of the course. Since it may be both an internal and external document, certain elements should be present for the purpose of clear identification and explication. The following components of a course syllabus are based on these four uses of the syllabus and the audiences likely to view it.
Ordinarily, the instructor is responsible for the course outline and syllabus; however, for required courses (including many general-education and program-requirements courses), certain content may be mandated as part of the course. The course coordinator or program director can provide you with this sort of information and may also be able to give you some sample syllabi from other instructors.
At the start of the semester, faculty members are expected to take attendance and verify that all students who are attending their class are on the official class roster and that no student whose name is on the official class roster has failed to attend the class.
College of Arts and Sciences policy prohibits students who are not registered for a particular course from attending those classes. Instructors may not permit any student to sit in a class with the hope that they will be allowed to register late or that the instructor will overload the class. Students seeking late registration for a class that is full should be referred to the Office of Advising. Individual faculty members may not overload classes.
By the end of the first month of the semester (first two weeks of a summer semester), faculty members should notify the Office of Records and Registration if a student has never attended their class. The faculty member may complete paperwork for a WA (withdrawn administratively) grade and submit the request to the dean’s office. Faculty members must file any request for a WA grade prior to the “last day to withdraw with a W” (about eight weeks into the semester). Likewise, a student can file a request for a W grade. If, at the end of the semester, a student has not petitioned for a W grade and the faculty member has not requested a WA grade, then the student who has not had sufficient attendance to pass the course must be issued an FA grade; this last is computed into the student’s GPA just like an F grade would be.
To prepare for situations in which students attend class “now and then” or who miss considerable classtime and then want to resume attending, faculty members should include an attendance policy in their syllabus. Students who do not meet the attendance requirement can be issued a WA grade prior to the “last day to withdraw with a W."
Adjunct faculty members can park in campus facilities by registering and paying for a parking account that provides them with a parking access card.
Two payment options for adjunct parking accounts include:
If you have already created a UB parking account, contact the Office of Parking and Shuttle Management at 410.837.6573 to reactivate it; you will need the white, plastic parking access card that was issued to you when you created the account.
Before creating your parking account, make sure you have the following information handy:
To apply for a flat monthly rate (recommended):
To apply for a pay-per-park rate:
Once you have created your parking account, you will receive an email confirmation regarding when you can pick up your parking access card from the Office of Parking and Shuttle Management, 1104 Maryland Ave. (a white townhouse next to the Maryland Avenue Garage). Contact Casey Cole at 410.837.6858 if you need to make alternative arrangements to pick up your card. Contact Tong Li, 410.837.5274, with general questions.
Visit the UB parking website for more information.
Turnitin is a Web-based solution for managing writing assignments, via multiple phases of feedback and revisions. Its three interrelated services greatly accelerate the learning process, involving students in their own development, freeing instructors from the burden of tracking papers and promoting critical thinking while maintaining academic integrity.
Turnitin is fully integrated with Sakai; simply select "Use Turnitin" when creating an assignment in Sakai, and a Turnitin originality report will be generated for any student submission for that assignment, generally within an hour of submission.
To access Sakai, use your UB username and password.
If you need to cancel your class due to illness or personal emergency:
Note that if you have already notified students of canceled classes (planned in advance) via your syllabus, reminding your divisional administrative support and the Office of the Dean a day in advance of your canceled class is sufficient.
The Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences offers seven graduate degree programs, three graduate certificate programs and 11 undergraduate degree programs across a wide range of disparate disciplines. Organization is key to keeping us running, so here's an overview of how we work: