New Faculty Checklist

UCF Essentials

  1. Attend New Faculty Orientations:
    1. At the Human Resources New Employee Orientation, you'll have the opportunity to make your UCF ID card and address benefit/retirement questions with appropriate personnel on site.
    2. The academic orientation hosted by the Faculty Center will provide information and strategies for teaching and working at UCF. You will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from your department and others around campus.
  2. Obtain your UCF ID card.
    The UCF Card is accepted everywhere on campus for various services, including restaurants and retail, printing/vending/copying, parking decals and fines, and health center appointments and prescriptions. The UCF Card also allows you access to athletic events, the recreation center, testing labs, and other on-campus locations.
  3. Obtain a parking permit.
    Parking at UCF is by permit only and enforced by ticketing; be sure you know where you are allowed to park, and allow yourself adequate time to find a parking spot during the semester.

Computer Access

  1. Once your paperwork is processed, you will receive a network ID (NID) to log in to UCF computers and Web systems. Your NID allows access to the MyUCF personal portal at my.ucf.edu, where you can view and manage personal information and access online course tools.
  2. Using your NID, log in to Webcourses@UCF either via direct link or through the MyUCF portal for access to online course content (you will only be able to access at contract start date).

Semester Preparation

  1. Contact the bookstore about textbook orders with FacultyEnlight.
  2. Use the Faculty Center's Semester Essentials page and Teaching at UCF book for help getting your classes ready for the semester.
  3. The Faculty Center, in collaboration with the University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk Office, has created a critical policies document that brings together materials from a variety of campus sources—including the UCF Regulations and Policies pages, as well as the Faculty Handbook—to provide faculty members with a concise view of important information.
  4. Check out professional development with the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) for teaching online or adding an online component to your course. For face-to-face offerings, see CDL's general training page.
  5. Use the online campus map to familiarize yourself with the locations of your office, classes, and the most convenient parking lots and garages.
  6. Make sure you plan an academic activity for the first week of class to track student engagement for financial aid purposes. Please see CDL's overview page for this requirement, including the deadlines for each semester.

 

 

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