WNMU New Faculty
If you are new to WNMU, you have come aboard at a great time. Under the direction of a new president, the university is moving toward restructure and rejuvenation.
We are in the midst of an overhaul to our organization, creating new and combining current colleges to best fit the needs of current and future students. If you participate in New Faculty Orientation, you should receive a handout of the restructure. The transition will require commitment, teamwork, and innovative approaches.
What should you know?
Where to start?
This is a checklist to get you going.
- Go to the Campus Police Department and get your faculty ID badge.
- While there, get a parking permit.
- Introduce yourself to Payroll staff in Castorena Hall and see if they need anything from you. (It’s good to know them.)
- Go to the bookstore and make sure the books are in for your classes or talk to Shawn Gordy about ordering anything.
- Go meet the folks in the Media Technology Services (northeast corner of Miller Library). Bring your faculty ID and get added to their system and you will be allowed to check out overhead projectors, video and still cameras, televisions, DVD players, laptops, iPads, tablets, easels, and an array of other equipment. After you are in the system, you can reserve anything online.
- In the first week of class, if students don’t show up or log in, do a drop form (this is on the Steel Drive: Instructor Drop for Non-Attendance). Take or send to registrar.
- If students are taking a Canvas course for the first time, have them enroll themselves in the Canvas Orientation course.
- Students can go into Mustang Express, go to the Student tab, and register for the free class.
- Remind your students that if they need accommodations because of disabilities, they must be referred to Student Disability Services, which will process documentation and get any modifications back to instructors.
- You go to Mustang Express to enter midterm and final grades (Faculty tab, Grades on left). Midterm grades due October 15 and final grades due December 17.
- Call IT Helpdesk 538.4357 about technical problems (or check with your department) and call Alice at 538.6436 to be put on the list for the Exchange Server.
- Explore campus! Learn the landmarks and buildings.
- Find and print the WNMU calendar for easy reference.
- Send a photo and a short bio to Dabareh Vowell for the website.
- Find and get set up with the Post Office.
- Look through the Faculty Handbook for committees on which you might serve and familiarize yourself with institutional operation and expectation (Remember that the latest handbook will be on the Steel drive).
- Learn to use the Class Schedule.
- Bookmark the e-mail link on home computers. (Log in is wnmu-net/username).
- Use the syllabus templates (and your department and program guidelines) to format your syllabi: the online course syllabus template and the face-to-face template (located on the Steel drive).
- Visit the WNMU Museum and preview the upcoming theater season of Theater Group New Mexico.
- Become more familiar with the Silver City area.
- Contact Steve Liebhart to get your own blog site set up (personal or professional).
Faculty/Staff calendar: You may add and edit events if you are on the Exchange Server.
Student Writing Center
Writing Across the Curriculum
Resources for Online Instructors
Canvas Open Course - How to Build Online Courses
There are professional development opportunities just about every week to attend. In Fall, 2013, we will present all sessions as a webinar, to which you can log in and participate live, or access as an archived recording.
Look at the Events page to get an idea of what will be offered. (2012-2013 Events)