New full-time faculty members at UCF participate in two required orientations, each having very different purposes. One is the New Employee Benefits and Payroll Orientation, at which you will complete the paperwork necessary for this very important area. The other is the Provost’s Academic Orientation, at which you will learn about various policies and procedures (including Tenure and Promotion) impacting your various roles as members of the UCF Faculty.
Adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend one of our adjunct events, held near the start of each semester. You are also invited to participate in the Academic Orientation sessions focused on teaching and learning. Sessions are held in the Classroom 1 Building on the Orlando Campus.
Graduate Studies and the University accrediting body require training before graduate students are permitted to work as Associates (instructors of record), Assistants, or Graders. All three levels of employment require online training, and Associates are further required to attend a single-day training session face to face (held just prior to the start of the first day of class in every semester). You must separately register at the Graduate Studies website for the in-person Associate Training. Questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, very semester we offer a voluntary program on teaching at the college level, open to all UCF Graduate Students. Visit our GTA Programs page for more information about both programs and to register for the upcoming semester.
Getting Started Teaching at UCF
This book provides an overview of the faculty support structure at UCF as well as introductory materials related to university teaching. It is a living document and is updated regularly. A print version of Teaching at UCF is available for new faculty members at the beginning of each fall semester, and any addenda to the print version will be available below.
Click here to download the digital copy of Teaching at UCF.
Click here to download the addenda to the printed edition.
Read through our critical policies document for materials from a variety of campus sources.
Visit UCF Card Services to obtain your UCF ID card (if you haven’t already done so at orientation). 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. The UCF Card office is located across from the UCF Bookstore in the John T. Washington Center.
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. Parking Services is located on the first floor of Parking Garage B near Ferrell Commons and the Recreation and Wellness Center.
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.
If you’re teaching online only or mixed-mode courses, UCF has a huge range of resources for you. You can start by going to the Center for Distributed Learning intro page about online teaching. You’ll also find a list of formal training opportunities at their professional development for teaching online page.
Use the online campus map to familiarize yourself with the locations of your office, classes, and the most convenient parking lots and garages.
Federal financial aid regulations require that we demonstrate students’ active participation in class during the first week. You’ll need to design an assignment—for example, a syllabus quiz, knowledge pretest, or discussion question—for that purpose. See CDL’s overview page for this requirement, including the deadlines for each semester.
Center for Distributed Learning
FAQs about Teaching Issues
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
FAQs about Professional Issues