For new teachers of any type (full-time, adjunct, or GTA), see information relevant to your role to the left below, as well as a playlist of short videos dedicated to specific tasks and policies at UCF. To the right you will find information and resources about specific essentials related to working and teaching at UCF. Further down the page you will find answers to frequently asked questions about technology, teaching, and professional issues.
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.
Full time faculty
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 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. Faculty Excellence will contact you to enroll in the Academic Orientation.
Graduate Teaching Associates, Assistants, and Graders
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 email@example.com.
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.
Below is a playlist of videos dedicated to getting your bearings at UCF.
Our YouTube channel also features other playlists dedicated to various themes, including
- Student Learning
- Active Learning Strategies and Activities
- Teaching and Learning Methods
- Special Populations
- Assessment Techniques
- Classroom Management
Tasks and Resources
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.
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.
To request a development shell (a Webcourse where you can practice with Canvas that is not tied to any of your real classes), submit a ticket at https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/contact/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to download the digital copy of Teaching at UCF.
Nuts & Bolts FAQ
Preparing for the First Day of Class
Attendance via Webcourses@UCF
Supporting Students Outside of the Classroom
UCF IDs and Parking
Preparing Your Course