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Faculty FAQs

Find quick answers to frequently asked questions regarding cancelling class, grading, teaching, using technology, and selecting textbooks.

Cancelling Class

Grading

Teaching

Using Technology

Selecting Textbooks


Cancelling Class

How do I cancel class?

Contact your program director immediately if you need to cancel class. All canceled classes need to be rescheduled and cannot be replaced with an online session.

What happens during severe weather?

Check the Saint Mary’s News Center to find out if university administrators have cancelled class.

Who do I contact during emergencies on-campus?

Call 911 for medical emergencies or criminal activities first. For lesser emergencies, you can contact safety and security. Read the emergency guide for details.

Who do I contact when something is wrong with my classroom?

Contact the evening administrator when you need something for your classroom. Their name and contact information is listed on the room schedule, which is located in the entryway of each Saint Mary’s building.

Grading

How do I grade assignments?

All grades are submitted electronically in the Faculty Portal. Learn more about how to grade your course.

How do I create rubrics?

Use CELT’s exemplary rubrics, syllabi, and more as models, and create your own.

Teaching

Where is my contract (a.k.a. course assignment letter)?

Saint Mary’s contacts are called “Letters of Course Assignment,” which you need to sign before your course begins. Follow the instructions for accepting course assignments.

How do I teach my course?

Learn how to teach your course from the experts. Get advice on facilitating the first day, explaining assignments, cultivating community, and much more.

How do I find my classroom?

Find your classroom by browsing the room schedule, which is posted in the entryway of each Saint Mary’s building. Otherwise, you can follow our instructions for finding your classroom in the Faculty Portal.

Is there a syllabus template?

Yes. You can use Saint Mary’s standard syllabus guidelines as a template for your syllabus.

When does the semester start and end?

Semester start and end dates are listed on the academic calendar.

How do I take attendance?

A few days before your course begins, you will receive an email prompting you to submit the attendance record for the first session. The email will provide a link for submitting your attendance information. Faculty, who are teaching a face-to-face course, are required to take attendance for the first three class meetings.

Using Technology

How do I make my Blackboard course available to students?

Read the IT Helpdesk’s brief instructions to make your course available in Blackboard.

How do I upload library resources to Blackboard and Engage?

Unlike regular websites, library resources have a special link, called a permalink that allows students to access licensed materials while off-campus. Learn how to link to resources in Blackboard and Engage.

How do I use the classroom technology cart?

Instructions are located conveniently on the technology cart in your classroom.

Selecting Textbooks

How do I find textbooks?

We recommend that you design your course before selecting textbooks. Once you have designed your course, you will be ready to choose a textbook that will support your assignments.

How do I order textbooks and coursepacks from the bookstore?

Your program director or program staff will contact you weeks in advance of your course’s start date, providing you with guidelines for submitting your textbook order. Contact the bookstore at least 4 months in advance of your course if you plan to create a coursepack.

Can I recommend that students buy textbooks from Amazon.com?

Due to Saint Mary’s exclusive contract with Barnes and Noble, you cannot recommend that students purchase textbooks from Amazon or other vendors.