Welcome to Virginia Western! We are pleased to have you join the School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, also known as LASS. I hope that this is a positive and rewarding experience for you. Each member of our faculty plays an important role to our students and the College. Whether you teach one class or many, you are an integral member of our community and very much appreciated.
If you have additional questions about our College and/or Division and your orientation is complete, please do not hesitate to ask your fellow faculty members, program head, the office staff, or myself anything that would help you. No question is too small. We are here to help!
I am looking forward to working with you and hope that you have a great semester!
Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
An online orientation must be completed prior to the beginning of classes. Be sure to complete both the adjunct new hire orientation and the division's orientation. Click here to be directed to the orientation site. Please call the division office if you have any questions. You will be glad that you completed this process.
You will be issued a campus mailbox. Please ensure you check this box at least once a week. In addition to mail, student papers and college information, we will use these boxes to distribute your contracts and important administrative paperwork. When documents that are time sensitive are placed in your mailbox, an email will be sent informing you of this.
In addition to your mailbox, there is a main drop box located in the hall outside D-100. You or your students can use this to drop off information after hours. This is a secure box that is checked each morning.
If you need to leave something for a student to pick up, there is a pickup box in the division office. Please label any papers or folders that are left in this box clearly with the student's name, your name, the class number and date.
Faculty offices are located in H-213B (857-6382). This space includes a MAC computer and telephone. Flat files are provided in H-219 to store student work.
Faculty offices are located in the Humanities building, H100 (gym) and Duncan Hall, D100. Please contact Barbara Wright for more information.
Faculty offices are located in D-100 (857-6352), H-121D (857-7258) and H-219 (857-6005). An email will be sent out at the beginning of each semester telling you where sign-up sheets have been posted at the faculty workstations.
The D-100 File Room is available to all LASS Faculty for storage of materials. A file drawer will be assigned at your request.
Office hours for full-time faculty are to be posted outside your office door.
For the fall and spring semesters, all full-time faculty should schedule ten office hours per week. During a 5-week summer class, 2 hours per week for each course should be scheduled. If you are teaching a 10-week summer class, 1 hour per week for each course should be scheduled.
For the fall and spring semesters, all adjunct faculty should schedule 1 hour per week for each course taught. During a 5-week summer class, 2 hours per week, distributed over at least two days, for each course should be scheduled.
You may choose 2 hours of virtual office hours using Blackboard or Adobe Connect (record feature). Please see the main office for more details.
Please provide the main office a copy of your schedule. This schedule should include your office hours and class schedule.
A template has been created to assist you with establishing your office hours. To access the document from a computer on campus:
Copies of office hours for all faculty members will be retained in the main office.
Information on a variety of topics can be found on the Faculty & Staff information page. This page includes the Adjunct Faculty Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, the VCCS Policy Manual, as well as other interesting and helpful information.
There are several items from the faculty handbook that you should take note of. They are the Consensual Relationship/Sexual Harassment policy and the Accommodating Students with Disabilities policy. Please take the time to read the expanded versions in the handbook.
For those instructors who teach on the 2nd floor of Duncan Hall, a laptop cart with 25 laptops is available to checkout for your classes. This cart will have Microsoft Office and foreign language tutorials loaded on each computer. The cart is available on a first-come, first-served basis and must remain on the 2nd floor of Duncan Hall.
To reserve the laptop cart:
You will be issued a classroom key, which will give you access to classrooms, general usage faculty offices, copy machines, fax machines and printers. This key opens all spaces except the MAC labs, photo lab and art gallery.
It is your responsibility to keep up with these keys. You may be charged for replacement keys in the event your keys are misplaced.
Please keep your office door locked when you are not using it.
Office supplies (such as pens, pencils, grade books, etc.) are available from the main office. These can be found in either H-111 or D-100. Please do not hesitate to ask for what you need, but use all supplies wisely. Reuse and recycle when you can.
If you have any supplies (file folders, notebooks, etc.) that you are no longer using, please bring them to the division office so that they can be used by another faculty member and/or schools.
The copy machines in H-116 and D-100 are for small copying jobs only. Large jobs should be sent to Printing Services. Remember, our budget is very limited. Instructors are encouraged to use Printing Services for their printing needs.
Instructors will be provided a code to use for gaining access to the copier in H-116. No code is necessary in D-100.
Printing Services is available for duplication of your class handouts, tests, exams, etc., and you are encouraged to utilize this service rather than using the copiers located in the office or adjunct faculty offices. Please allow two to three days turnaround time for print jobs. Printing will be delivered to your mailbox.
Instructors are asked to submit printing requests at least 48 hours in advance.
Additionally, Print Services has available for instructors of the college a test scoring system. General Purpose NCS Answer Sheets, form no. 4521 are used to record the test key and student responses. Each test is limited to 200 questions, with five possible responses per question. Answers must be recorded by marking the appropriate response filled in with a no. 2 lead pencil. Click here for the Test Scoring User's Guide.
Each course has a departmental textbook. These are books chosen by the faculty for each course. Chosen textbooks must be used for a minimum of 3 years. Every faculty member teaching that course (that uses a book) must use the assigned textbook.
A finalized list of textbooks will be sent to all instructors before the beginning of each semester. You may order desk copies directly from the publisher's website.
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