Part-Time Instructor Information for New Hires
Welcome to Georgia State University! We appreciate the valuable work that you do here, and we would like to make sure that you have everything you need to start the semester, whether you’re new to teaching or just new to GSU.
As you prepare to teach at GSU, you might first click the following link and learn a bit about our students. We are a diverse 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 ultimately enjoy being a part of our every expanding community.
Below, you will find links and handouts that you can use to help yourself prepare. Be aware, sometimes we have different processes for the Downtown campus and the Perimeter Campuses. Where appropriate, we have offered a link to Downtown and Perimeter services.
Getting Started Checklist:
- CampusID and Password
- Panther ID
- Parking Tag
- Course Information
- Campus Map
- Classroom Key
- Sample Syllabus from Department and Syllabus Design
- iCollege Setup
- Title IX
- Campus Emergencies
- Student Roll and Roll Verification
- Library Resources
CampusID 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.
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/
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/
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.
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 our information on syllabus design.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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/
Student Roll and Roll Verification
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.
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/