ArtCenter New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to teaching at ArtCenter!

Orientation for new faculty members begins with a letter of welcome from the Provost and Director of Faculty Development outlining important information for the first few weeks, orientation events, tasks to complete prior to the first day of teaching, and some information about types of support available for new faculty members. To begin the orientation, please attend to the tasks outlined below:


Orientation Material and 1:1 meeting

Every new faculty member will have a required 1:1 orientation meeting with the Director of Faculty Development prior to beginning teaching. The 1:1 orientation will cover syllabus and course planning, grading and evaluation, College and classroom policies, and resources, support, and facilities across both campuses. Additional topics to be covered depend on familiarity with the college and experience as an instructor. Please see the New Faculty Resource Guide for a list of topics to be covered during the initial orientation meeting.

·       Review the New Faculty Orientation section of the Faculty Development page

·       Contact Megan Segota (megan.segota@artcenter.edu) in the Office of the Provost to schedule a 1:1 New Faculty Orientation meeting with Faculty Development. After your 1:1, Megan will connect you back to your department so they can provide you with any additional information you may need for your class or studio.

·       Keep an eye out for emails from Human Resources with your offer letter and new hire paperwork. If you do not receive an email in the next week, please contact HR directly at hr@artcenter.edu or 626.396.2470. For your convenience, you may consider scheduling your 1:1 Orientation along with your HR appointment. Completion of your paperwork will generate your ArtCenter Inside access and email address.

·       Review the syllabus template and prepare a draft if possible prior to your 1:1 Orientation meeting. The completed syllabus will be distributed to the students on the first day of class and also submitted to the department. The Syllabus and Weekly Plan Template is available on the Faculty Development inside page, and completed samples are available in the section on syllabi, along with a checklist to use for guidance. Templates are available for Undergraduate courses, Graduate courses, and ArtCenter at Night courses. Please also visit the section below on Rubrics to see samples and a template.

·       Please review the Checklist for Day One, also on the Faculty Development page


Please feel free to review all these materials online before your 1:1 Orientation. You will also receive the printed version of the Resource Guide for New Faculty in a folder at your orientation meeting with handouts about faculty development, some required content for review from human resources (HR), and additional information about the campus. For your convenience, this supplemental information is also available here: HR Resources, and Additional Resources and Campus Information


ArtCenter Email and Access to Inside

Within a few days of completing the New Faculty 1:1 Orientation (pending completion of new hire paperwork with HR), you will receive your ArtCenter email address, username and password from helpdesk@artcenter.edu. Upon receipt, please log in to inside.artcenter.edu and make sure your course(s) are listed on your dashboard and that you can access your attendance sheet to see current enrollment for your course - see the Checklist for Day One with a section on inside.artcenter for directions and links to screenshots. With your username and password you can now begin to set up your (optional) course site on DotEd (ArtCenter's Learning Management System). For more information about DotEd, directions and tutorials, please visit: http://citl.artcenter.edu/dtl/


Online Classroom Management

At ArtCenter we ask that you attend to the following aspects of classroom management using our online systems; AttendanceCourse Evaluations, and Final Grade Submission. For technical support with any of these areas, please email helpdesk@artcenter.edu


Digital Teaching & Learning

The Digital Teaching & Learning (DTL) department is available as a resource for faculty at ArtCenter . Please visit the DTL Website for information about DotED, ArtCenter's Learning Management System. Every course that is offered at ArtCenter has an online counterpart in the DotED system. These Web Enabled courses can be utilized as a course repository to store files for your students, a completely online version of your course (complete with assignments and quizzes), and anything in between.  There is also a page for new faculty with information about and support for online course setup, incorporating outside tools in the ArtCenter workflow, available tools in the Digital Teaching & Learning Lab, and recording tools for tutorials and screencasts. Contact them at dtl@artcenter.edu for more information about how they can help.


Preparing for Day One in the Classroom or Studio

  • Please review the Checklist for Day One (and also see section below) for information about classroom management and administration, getting your classroom/studio set up, and contacts for AV and Tech support. Prior to your first day in the classroom or studio
  • Make sure you have completed your Syllabus and Weekly Plan and have submitted it to the Office of Faculty Development for approval before the start of the term. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with all college policies listed on the syllabus and see the section below on FERPA (Family Education Rights Privacy Act). Syllabi and related policies must be distributed to and reviewed with all students during the first class meeting of the term.


Faculty Development at ArtCenter

If you have any questions about teaching here, or if I can help in any way as you work to set up your course and get ready for Week 1 and then beyond into the rest of the term, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Faculty members often come to me for help with course/curriculum design, setting up assignments, creating a grading rubric tied to project briefs, different methods for critique, and ways to engage and support English language learners. 1:1 coaching sessions on all topics are available by appointment or drop-in and classroom/studio visits can be arranged as needed. Work with Faculty Development is confidential. To schedule a meeting with Faculty Development, or for any questions about teaching and learning at ArtCenter, please don't hesitate to contact me: sam.holtzman@artcenter.edu


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