Twin Cities Faculty FAQs
Find quick answers to frequently asked questions regarding cancelling class, grading, teaching, using technology, and selecting textbooks.
- How do I cancel class?
- What happens during severe weather?
- Who do I contact during emergencies on-campus?
- Who do I contact when something is wrong with my classroom?
- Where is my contract (a.k.a. course assignment letter)?
- How do I teach my course?
- How do I find my classroom?
- Is there a syllabus template?
- When does the semester start and end?
- How do I take attendance?
- What is the Student Rating of Learning and Teaching Survey?
- How do I apply for a promotion in rank?
- How do I make my Blackboard course available to students?
- How do I upload library resources to Blackboard and Engage?
- How do I use the classroom technology cart?
- How do I find textbooks?
- How do I order textbooks and course packs from the bookstore?
- Can I recommend that students buy textbooks from Amazon.com?
Contact your program director immediately if you need to cancel class. All canceled classes need to be rescheduled and cannot be replaced with an online session.
Check the Saint Mary’s Newsroom to find out if university administrators have cancelled class.
Contact the evening administrator when you need something for your classroom. Their name and contact information is listed on the room schedule, which is located in the entryway of each Saint Mary’s building.
All grades are submitted electronically in the Faculty Portal. Learn more about how to grade your course.
Use CELT’s exemplary rubrics, syllabi, and more as models, and create your own.
Saint Mary’s contacts are called “Letters of Course Assignment,” which you need to sign before your course begins. Follow the instructions for accepting course assignments.
Learn how to teach your course from the experts. Get advice on facilitating the first day, explaining assignments, cultivating community, and much more.
Find your classroom by browsing the room schedule, which is posted in the entryway of each Saint Mary’s building. Otherwise, you can follow our instructions for finding your classroom in the Faculty Portal.
Yes. You can use Saint Mary’s standard syllabus guidelines as a template for your syllabus.
Semester start and end dates are listed on the academic calendar.
A few days before your course begins, you will receive an email prompting you to submit the attendance record for the first session. Faculty, who are teaching a face-to-face course, are required to take attendance for the first three class meetings. Follow our instructions for how to take attendance.
The Student Rating of Teaching and Learning (STRL) Survey is completed by students at the end of the course. As the instructor, you will need to fulfill the Faculty Responsibilities for the Student Rating of Teaching and Learning (SRTL) Survey. Read the Qualtrics Guide to learn how to manage the STRL Survey.
The faculty promotion process for all faculty (Core and Course Contracted) is based on the promotion criteria described in the SGPP Faculty Handbook. To apply for promotion follow the faculty promotion process.
Read the IT Helpdesk’s brief instructions to make your course available in Blackboard.
Unlike regular websites, library resources have a special link, called a permalink that allows students to access licensed materials while off-campus. Learn how to link to resources in Blackboard and Engage.
Instructions are located conveniently on the technology cart in your classroom.
We recommend that you design your course before selecting textbooks. Once you have designed your course, you will be ready to choose a textbook that will support your assignments.
Your program director or program staff will contact you weeks in advance of your course’s start date, providing you with guidelines for submitting your textbook order. Contact the bookstore at least 4 months in advance of your course if you plan to create a coursepack.
Due to Saint Mary’s exclusive contract with Barnes and Noble, you cannot recommend that students purchase textbooks from Amazon or other vendors.