Welcome to the School of Science, Mathematics & Health Professions at Virginia Western Community College. We are pleased to have you join us and 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.
This guide is intended to answer some of your questions on everything from parking and printing services to technology to campus policies. It should be used as a reference throughout the semester, not just at the beginning. However after reviewing this, if you find that you still have questions, please don't hesitate to ask your fellow faculty members, program head, the division staff, or myself anything that would help you. No question is too small. We are here to help.
We are looking forward to working with you and hope that you have a great semester.
Academic honesty and student conduct are taken seriously by Virginia Western. The policies and procedures for handling violations are found in the student handbook.
The division of natural science and mathematics asks that any instance of academic honesty violations are discussed with the dean. All faculty should have a statement about academic honesty on their syllabus for each class. When an incident occurs, the faculty member should meet with the dean, complete a Academic Dishonesty Report (forms are available in the division office), and speak with the student informing them that a report has been submitted and that there right to appeal is found in the student handbook. For the first incidence, the only punishment is the penalty assigned by the faculty (failure in the course, failure of the assignment, option to re-do the assignment). However, the report is filed in the Vice President's office. Should a second incidence occur, the student will be brought before the student discipline committee to determine sanctions. Regardless of how small the offence, a report should be submitted.
The students at Virginia Western are adults and should behave as adults. You do not have to tolerate disruptive behavior in your classroom. If this occurs, first speak with the student outside of class about their behavior. If this warning is not effective, call them down in class. If this does not work, ask them to leave. If they refuse to leave, call Campus Police and have them escorted out.
For more serious infractions, such as those listed in the student handbook, please speak with the dean. Should it become necessary, the case will be turned over to the student discipline process outlined in the handbook.
To begin, I want to apologize for the lack of office space for our adjunct faculty. This problem is not only restricted to adjunct faculty or to Anderson Hall; office space is limited across campus. We may be crowded, but at least at this time, we have offices for all of our adjunct.
Science Adjuncts are located in A207-A (Phone: 857-6305). This space includes a computer and telephone (no voice mail).
Math Adjuncts are located in the following offices:
There is a telephone (no voice mail) and two computers in each office.
Each office has a unique key. Adjunct faculty will receive an office key and a classroom key. Please be sure to return all keys if you will no longer be teaching to avoid a replacement fee.
Please do not leave office open or unattended. We have had thefts in the past of both personal items (purses, laptops, etc.) as well as academic items (tests, grade books, etc.). Please help prevent this by locking the door when you are not in the office.
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 check this 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 (ex: No-Show and Withdrawal Rosters). When documents that are time sensitive are placed in your mailbox, an e-mail will be sent informing you of this.
In addition to your mailbox, there is a drop box located with the mailboxes. You or your students can use this to drop off information after hours. This is a secure box that we check each morning.
If you wish to send information through campus mail, you may do so through the Division Office. Place the information in an inter-office envelope, and place in the black mail bag next to Deborah's desk.
Note: You may choose two hours of virtual office hours using Blackboard or Adobe Connect (record feature). Please see the Division office for more information.
Please provide your Division office a copy of your schedule. This schedule should include your office hours and class schedule (including room number). Office hours for full-time and adjunct faculty are to be posted outside their office doors.
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.
All of our classrooms are keyed with a general classroom key. Each faculty office has a unique key. You will be issued a classroom key, along with office keys.
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. Be sure to lock classrooms and/or lab rooms, and turn off all lights upon completion of your class.
Office keys should open the door to the printer and copier in A 210.
Pens, pencils, grade books, etc., are available from the Division Office. Do not hesitate to ask for what you need, but please use supplies wisely. Reuse and recycle when you can.
General office supplies (pens, pencils, chalk, sticky notes, staples, paperclips, cds, etc) are located in the cabinet above the copier in the Division Office. In the cabinet opposite the copier you will find legal pads and grade books. If you need any additional supplies, that are not found in the cabinets, please ask Mary or Deborah.
If you have any supplies (file folders, notebooks, etc.) that you no longer need, please return them to the Divison Office. Additional office supplies are available in the metal cabinet in A210.
For those with offices on the second floor, the printer is located in A210. Your office key should open the door. The printer name is HP 4350DTN A210 on VWTSS27.
For those with offices on the third floor, the printer is located in A331. You will need a key to open the door. The printer name is HP 4350DTN A331 on VWTSS27.
The copy machine in A114 is also available during normal office hours. Instructors are, however, encouraged to use Printing Services for their printing needs.
After hours, the copy machine in A210 is available.
Please do not use the laser printer in A210 for things that should be copied. It is much more expensive to operate.
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 one week turnaround for your duplicating requests, and you will need to retrieve your copies from Printing Services.
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. Textbooks are chosen by the faculty for each course. Every faculty member teaching a course (that uses a book) must use this book. We prefer that selected textbooks are used for a minimum of three (3) years.
Prior to placing textbook orders through the Bookstore, a draft of these orders is sent to each department head for approval. At this time, changes can be made to a textbook order. Department heads will be asked to confirm/add/delete/change the orders.
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