Information for New Part-Time Instructors
Welcome to Georgia State University, a diverse, urban, research university with 51,000+ students spread across seven campuses. We hope that you will take the time to get to know a bit about us and enjoy being a part of our every expanding community. The valuable work that you do here is vital to the development of our students, and whether you’re new to teaching or just new to GSU, we want to make your first days and weeks at GSU are successful! Follow the steps below to thrive at GSU during your first semester, and if you’re interested in completing a PTI Instructor Orientation Course, please visit icollege.gsu.edu, login using your campus user id and password, and search for Part-Time Instructor Resources on your iCollege home page. For more information contact Jennifer Hall, CETL Associate Director for Part-Time Instructor Faculty Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia State University has several campuses spread across metro-Atlanta. The following link offers a map for the main campus, in downtown Atlanta and each of the GSU Perimeter College campuses: https://facilities.gsu.edu/campus-map/
Campus ID and Email Address
Upon completing your HR paperwork, the university will issue you with an email address and CampusID. Before you use your CampusID for the first time, you must activate it. Once you have activated your CampusID, you can set up a password and you will have access to all of GSU’s programs, including email, iCollege, GoSolar, and PAWS.
PTI New Hire Payroll Packet
Human Resources handles all hiring. Your department will not have information to get you set up with HR. To make sure you are entered into our system and that you are set up on payroll in a timely manner, please click on this link to the HR PTI New Hire Payroll Packet
All GSU faculty, staff, and students must have a Panther Card to use the library on the Downtown campus. You will not be allowed to enter the library on the downtown campus without a card. You can receive a Panther Card through Auxiliary Services. Your panther number, which is given to you by the HR office upon completion of your hiring forms, will be printed on the bottom of the Panther Card. If you are working on one of the GSU Perimeter College campuses, click on the following link to find the Panther Card office on your campus: https://panthercard.gsu.edu/contact/
Parking and Permits
All faculty parking on the downtown campus is paid parking. Faculty receive a discounted parking rate with a parking permit. Once you have your panther number and faculty ID, you can request a parking permit. For more information on the process at the downtown campus, visit the parking office website: https://parking.gsu.edu . For information on parking at the GSU Perimeter College Campuses, visit: https://perimeter.gsu.edu/about-perimeter-college/our-campuses/parking-and-maps/
Emergencies at GSU
If you have an emergency situation in your classroom, you can dial 911 or 3X3333. If you need information on what to do during an emergency, on how to sign up for email and text alerts, on campus escorts or anything else related to campus safety, you can visit the campus police webpage: https://safety.gsu.edu/safety-you/
STEP TWO: Start Teaching
Our class schedule offers information on all courses taught at GSU on all campuses. If you need your course information, including enrollment, location, computer reference number (CRN), and section, you can find that information on our class schedule. Just select the semester and basic information for your course, and you will see everything you need in the class schedule.
GSU classrooms should be locked after class. Before teaching, you will need to get a copy of your classroom key. During the first week of classes, representatives from key control are typically available in to pass out keys to faculty. In order to get a key, you will need to have your Panther Card or ID number and the location of your classroom. All keys must be returned when you leave GSU or you will be charged a $15 fine per key. Check with your department for specifics regarding keys for your classroom as many have their own policies.
Sample Syllabus from Department and Syllabus Requirements
As soon as you receive your class, be sure to contact your department and ask for a sample syllabus, if they haven’t already given you one. A sample syllabus will help you to understand what the department prioritizes. It will provide you with any learning outcomes, departmental requirements, and an idea of pacing.You may also want to look over CETL’s Website Constructing a Syllabus information on syllabus design.
FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. This act ensures that students have access to their records AND protects students’ academic information. Below you will find several links to detailed information regarding FERPA, but here are some simple, and fairly intuitive, rules to remember:
- Students have a right to know their individual grades. If they request their grades, you must provide them with their grades.
- Keep student grades private. Do not post grades, share grades aloud in class, pass around graded assignments, or engage in any other activities that would allow students’ personal information to become public.
- Use the university email system for all correspondences with students.
- Do not share any educational records with parents, family members or friends unless the student has submitted a waiver of rights to the Registrar’s office on the requestor’s behalf. Parents no longer have access to student records once a student enrolls in college or turns 18.
For a full description of your students’ rights under FERPA, check out the following links:
Title IX protects students, faculty, and staff from discrimination on the basis of sex. Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, is considered discrimination and is a violation of Title IX. All GSU employees are required to complete HAVEN training to become familiar with Title IX and your responsibilities to report sexual misconduct. You must have a GSU login and password before you can complete this training.
Student Roll, Roll Verification, and Early Alert
To obtain a list of your students, you must sign in to GoSolar using your CampusID and password. If you do not have a CampusID or password by the time the semester begins, you may contact your department for a list of students enrolled in your class.
Approximately 2 weeks into the semester, you will be asked to “Verify Your Roll” for financial aid purposes. The university will ask you to certify that all students have attended your class at least once during that time period. If you have a student who has never attended, you can make note of it during the roll verification process.
Approximately 3 weeks into the semester, you may receive an Early Alert Notice. Early Alert is designed to notify student support services if a student in a designated group is struggling with a course. Designated groups include students in their first 45 hours and scholarship students as well as other students who might be struggling to stay on track. These early alerts are vital to ensuring that students receive the support they need in a timely manner, so please be sure to respond to them as soon as possible.
The GSU library has created a page for all faculty which you may find particularly useful as you prepare for the semester. On their site, you’ll find instructions for using the resources and contact information for individual librarian support. Our libraries can be a bit overwhelming for new students and new faculty, so, if possible, we highly recommend you visit their site to see what is available before you begin developing your assignments for the semester: https://library.gsu.edu/home/information-for-you/faculty/
Resources for Your Students
Academic Coaching: The Office of Student Success offers a variety of resources to help students progress toward their degrees. One resource that has shown to be particularly helpful is Academic Coaching. All students can visit the Academic Coaching Office for help, but this office is designed especially to meet the needs of students within their first 45 credit hours. For more information on Academic Coaching, you and your students can visit their website at: https://success.students.gsu.edu/academic-coaching/
Tutoring Centers: GSU has a variety of tutoring centers available to support students. Be sure to ask your department head what tutoring opportunities your department offers for its students. Here are links to a few of the larger tutoring centers on campus:
iCollege is Georgia State University’s digital learning environment. Many faculty use iCollege to distribute syllabi, PowerPoints, assignments, tests, and grades, among other things. If you feel comfortable learning new technology, iCollege is very intuitive and can be a wonderful tool for interacting with students. In fact, it’s so widely used that many students expect to see it in their classes. CETL offers a wide variety of support resources including workshops, one-on-one consultations, and videos for those new to iCollege.
CETL Evening of Technology
Each semester CETL offers an Evening of Technology for Part-Time Instructors. These evening events are designed to provide new PTIs with the information they need to have a successful first semester and guide returning PTIs as they innovate their teaching. To see the dates for upcoming events and register for the Evening of Technology, look under the events section on the cetl website (cetl.gsu.edu) or click on this link: https://cetl.gsu.edu/part-time-instructors-an-evening-of-technology/
Teaching and Learning Workshops
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a variety of workshops on advanced pedagogical techniques and learning technologies for faculty throughout the semester. To view CETL offerings and register for workshops, visit cetl.gsu.edu
PTI Faculty Development Day
Every fall, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a PTI Faculty Development Day. This one-day event is designed to provide new PTIs with basic information about teaching at GSU and returning PTIs with a chance to develop their teaching skills. The PTI Faculty Development Day is a wonderful opportunity for PTIs to meet one another and share ideas with CETL faculty and staff as well as with one another. Information on the date and time of the PTI Faculty Development Day as well as a registration link will be posted under the CETL Events tab on the CETL website as soon as it becomes available.
Teacher of Excellence Course
Beginning Fall 2019, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will offer a Teacher of Excellence Course in iCollege. Faculty members who complete the course will gain the designation Teacher of Excellence, a nice designation for your CV if you are on the job market. Look for more information on this course on the CETL webpage.
Teaching and Learning Communities
Each fall, the Center for Excellence starts Teaching and Learning Communities (TaLC). These communities provide a space for faculty members to explore an idea related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or develop an initiative that they can share with colleagues in their home departments. Check out our current TaLCs and consider signing up for the PTI TaLC this fall.
Certificate of Mastery in Online Teaching
PTIs can earn the Certificate of Mastery in Online Teaching by participating in a series of online and in-person training modules. Each module is designed to help faculty members develop the tools they will need to teach fully-online courses effectively. PTIs can complete all modules in the series to earn the Certificate of Mastery, or they can participate in just the opening series and earn a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Achievement, based on their decision to participate in a capstone project. Any of these certificates would look great on a CV.
Part-Time Instructor Pedagogy Awards
Every spring, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning presents a Part-Time Instructor Pedagogy Award. PTIs are nominated by their departments and nominations are judged on their demonstration of the PTI’s teaching effectiveness, innovation, and engagement. Nominations are typically due on or around March 1 and awards are announced April 1. Click here for more information on the PTI Pedagogy Awards.
Questions or comments can be directed to
Jennifer Hall, CETL Associate Director for PTI Programs