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Welcome to Columbus State! We are glad you accepted a teaching position at the College. We are a college with tremendous diversity among our students, all on their own unique journeys and finding opportunity through Columbus State. When guided by caring faculty and staff, they are able to succeed in their academic and professional lives. We welcome you as a member of our team. By completing this orientation you are taking the first step to being a teacher, mentor and resource to our students. To get off to solid start please complete this online orientation to the basic requirements and practices for teaching at Columbus State.

Adjunct Faculty

For new adjuncts (excluding current staff teaching COLS), completing this work by the current deadline earns you four hours at the current meeting pay rate. (See the contract fact sheet on the adjunct page for the current rate.) See directions below. (Note that COLS 1100/1101 courses have their own orientation. Contact Advising Services about this class.) The next completion deadline is January 29th for adjuncts hired for the start of SP 16.

Full-time Faculty

In addition to reviewing this online orientation, full-time faculty (Annual Contract and Tenure Track) participate in Faculty Launch!, a professional development day preceding Autumn and Winter semesters. Full-time faculty do not nave to complete quizzes in Blackboard since we will review the material in person. There will also be other learning opportunities throughout the year. Enroll in Faculty Launch! and you will receive updates about the event schedule and how to prepare.

How to take the online orientation

1. Below you will find the online orientation material and review quizzes. We encourage you to review this material as often as you need. We highly recommended you view the Policies and Practices material before you begin teaching. If you are an adjunct and wish to have your score recorded for orientation compensation, read on.

2. When you (adjuncts) feel confident you know the material, take quizzes in Blackboard that track your score. If you are not enrolled, register to be enrolled in the Blackboard community for New Faculty Orientation. Note that it may take a day between when you computer credentials are created and Blackboard access is enabled. (See the "Getting Started" section below for information on obtaining your password.)

If you have any questions about orientation, please contact Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty Development at or 287-2175.

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 + Getting Started (Includes employee ID, computer password and parking pass)

Completing your hire forms
All new hire forms must be turned in to Human Resources (Rhodes Hall 115) before you can receive your employee ("Cougar") ID and computer systems/email password. See the Pre-employment documents page for relevant documents. Questions? Contact Keith Kipp, 287-2174; Andre James, 287-2231; or Steven Zelenka, 287-2408.

Where is my ID, computer password and parking pass?
When you turn in your hire forms you will receive a form to turn in to the Police Department (Delaware Hall, Room 047) to obtain your ID card and parking sticker.  Your Cougar ID number and computer systems username will be emailed to you at the personal email address you listed on your hire forms. You may need to check your spam folder.

"Discover" your password

Shortly after your complete hire paperwork has been processed you will be issued a Columbus State ID, username and password.  You can "discover" or recover your username and password by going to For help obtaining your password please call the IT Help Desk at 287-5050.

What is Blackboard, Outlook 365, Cougarweb and Focus?
These are the four main systems you will interact with to support your teaching. Blackboard is home to online and blended classes and supplementary online space for traditional classes. The college uses Microsoft Outlook 365 for our email. When you receive your credentials you can log in to to use college email. There is an online guide for learning Outlook 365 and downloading Office 365 for home use. Cougarweb is where you report student grades and attendance and access contract and pay information. Focus is a student alert and retention system that is inside Blackboard. These systems will be explained in the material to follow. You will use the same username and password to access all.

Where can I park?
Here is map of parking locations for the Columbus Campus. During peak times at the Columbus Campus finding a spot can take some time. Locations that are often overlooked are the Abbott Labs lot (28-S) on Mt. Vernon, about a quarter mile West of Cleveland Ave., and the Jefferson Ave. lot (32-S).

Do I get office space?
Check with your department. Most departments have shared space for adjuncts to work and meet with students.

How do I know what room I am teaching in and what equipment it has?
Look up your room assignment via Cougarweb or on the course schedule for the current semester (some rooms are assigned just before the semester). You can preview most of the Columbus, Delaware and regional center classrooms through a preview site maintained by media services

How do I make copies of materials for class?
Contact the office associate in your department for support making copies.

When do I get paid? Are there any benefits?
View this overview of adjunct contracts.
Download this summary of benefits available to adjuncts (PDF)

 + Academic Policies and Practices (Includes syllabus, Cougarweb, exams, grades and success tips)

This video will orient you to teaching at the college. It reviews some strategies for successful teaching and covers basic academic policies, practices and reporting systems and requirements. Your first resource for answering questions should be your academic department. They have lots of experience supporting new adjuncts entering their programs. You can also email Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty Development.


Use this review quiz to test your recall of the video material. (Show larger)

 + Student Conduct (Includes student cheating, misbehavior and the Behavioral Intervention Team)

The students and faculty at Columbus State have positive and respectful relationships. There are, however, some students who still need to learn how to be students and can behave in ways that are disruptive to their, and their fellow students, learning. The videos below review how to respond to academic and behavioral misconduct and how to take advantage of college resources that can support you in stopping and correcting this behavior so you can focus on teaching.

Student Conduct Process: Introduction

Office of Student Conduct Web Site

Food for Thought

Classroom Management: Finding the Balance Between Too Rigid and Too Flexible, from Faculty Focus, March 2013
Creating a Community of Learners, from The League for Innovation's Getting Results professional development course

Student Conduct Process: Academic Misconduct

Food for Thought
Columbus State hosted, in 2014 conversations with professor and author James Lang. Lang is the Author of Cheating Lessons,a book exploring the relationship between the design of the learning environment and students' inclination to cheat.

Read an interview with James Lang in Inside Higher Education

Read Lang's three-part essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizing Cheating Lessons
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Student Conduct Process: Behavioral Misconduct

Food for Thought

Register for Dealing With Difficult Students workshop
This workshop, led by Columbus State Faculty, discusses common classroom scenarios and strategies for redirecting non-productive behavior toward a focus on learning.

Tips for responding to common non-threatening behaviors:

Title IX,Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination Resource Page

Student Conduct Process: Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The BIT web page

Contact Information

Terrence Brooks Director, Student
WD 1099 287-2815

Renee Hill Dean, Student Life Eibling 201 287-5299

Ameena Kemavor

Director, Counseling

Nestor 010 287-5416

Tiffany McClain Director, Disability Services Eibling 101 287-2571

Lt. Smith, or
Lt. Werner
Columbus State Police Delaware 047
Moeller Hall

Joan Cook Human Resources SX-135 287-2636

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 + Supporting Students With Disabilities (Includes classroom accommodations, testing, and universal design)

Chances are you will encounter a student with a documented disability who will seek accommodations. This slideshow will review some of the requirements for supporting students with disabilities and how you can partner with the Disability Services Department to help students receive appropriate support.


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Contact: Disability Services, Eibling Hall 101, 614-287-2570

 + FERPA (What is "Directory Information" and what is not)

This is a presentation (recorded at Adjunct Orientation in Autumn 2010) about the Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA) given by Dr. Regina Randal, Registrar at Columbus State. You can contact Dr. Randall with questions. 


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+ College Resources (Many departments, web pages and services that support teaching)

This section provides links to additional resources mentioned through the various presentations.

Use your Columbus State email!

You will receive an email with your computer systems user name and password. This will be sent to the personal email address you submitted with your hire paperwork. A copy is also sent to your chairperson. Check your spam filter for mail from All College email communication -- with students and colleagues -- should be conducted through your college email. Many important course management and college event announcements are sent via employee email. Your computer log-in information provides access to college email and online systems. If you have trouble logging in to any system call the IT Help Desk at 614-287-5050.

To learn about using and home set-up of Outlook 365 email and One Drive cloud storage see the Project 365 resource site.

The FOCUS Early Alert System

FOCUS  is found inside Blackboard. It is a monitoring tool that lets you send kudos and warnings to students who are not attending or doing poorly. Warnings are copied to relevant retention and intervention specialists. Some departments have arranged to have the Blackboard grade book trigger alert notices through the FOCUS system. Check with your department to see if this is enabled. You can register for training in FOCUS. Here is a printable overview of FOCUS.

Using Cougarweb

Here is a manual describing Cougarweb processes. Cougarweb is a system that is used for a number of employee functions including the reporting of grades and progress reports. This is also where you go to accept your teaching contract. To access CougarWeb go to or click on the link to Cougarweb in the upper right corner of the College home page. Click the log-in link at the bottom and enter your college username and password. Then select "Cougarweb For Faculty." 

Adding students via Blackboard

This is a guide for using the online Add Form found in Blackboard during the first few weeks of the term.

Getting technical help and learning Blackboard and instructional technology

IT Help Desk  287-5050
Help with Log-in/Access, Computer Issues, Office Software and phone system

Distance Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) 287-5991 or
Provides support for using Blackboard, use of instructional technology, instructional design, web and multimedia development. For training in the use of Blackboard and other instructional software, contact the Faculty Assistance Center of the Distance Education and Instructional Services department. You can also take self-paced online tutorials.

Remote storage and network drives

There are two ways you can store files online. One by using Microsoft OneDrive. OneDrive allows you to store and share files in the "cloud." You can access One Drive by logging in to web mail at and opening the options menu in the upper left corner. See IT help resources for OneDrive, tutorials in Blackboard,or call the IT Help Desk (287-5991) for assistance in getting started.

The College also has a network storage system allows you to save files on the Columbus State network and access them anywhere via the web. Each employee has personal storage space. Faculty may have access to shared space with their academic department. This may be used for sharing instructional resources and other departmental information. Check with your chairperson, lead instructor or program coordinator about use of the shared drive. Your chairperson may have to submit a request to IT to have this created. To access network storage go to Log in with your credentials. Your personal space will be in the "Home" folder.

Campus Police and RAVE

You can learn more about campus police at their web site. Calls to 911 will alert College police. The direct number to the College Police Department is 287-2525 (Columbus) and 740-203-8585 (Delaware). Campus police will respond to classroom disruptions as described in the Student Conduct section of orientation.

You can sign up for text message alerts for weather and other emergencies. Learn more about RAVE. Campus police can also provide escort service to your vehicle if you are working late in the evening.

Student Conduct Office and Reporting Incidents

Learn more about academic and behavioral misconduct in the student conduct section of orientation. You can learn more at the Student Conduct web site and access the online Incident Report Form.

The Library

The Library is located in Columbus Hall, on the Columbus Campus, and Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus. A librarian is available at the Columbus Campus Center for Technology and Learning (TL) computer commons and the Delaware Campus Learning Center to provide reference assistance.Explore the online Library Guide to learn how the Library can support both you and your students. For instance:

- Library instruction sessions can be customized for a specific research assignment.
- The library can advise you on how to link to online resources to remain compliant with copyright law
- Faculty members do not incur fines for late materials owned by the Columbus State Library.
- Faculty members may request customized resources for their courses

Resources for your students

Quick Reference Guide to many student support services.

Columbus State CARES
Links students to campus and community support services for students in financial, food or other economic crisis. Consider putting this in your syllabus.

GOT Network (Generation One Trailblazers)
Support and mentoring network for first generation college students. Students without family experience with higher education may have difficulty adjusting to the expectations of college or lack social support for pursuing education.Consider putting this resource in your syllabus.

Counseling Services
Columbus: NH 010, 614.287.2818
Delaware: 614.287.2570
Help with Crisis intervention, Mental health counseling  and Alcohol & drug counseling.

Tutoring Support Services
Delaware Campus tutoring schedule established each term for Writing Center, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Speech Rehearsal and Developmental Math tutors

Testing Center

The Testing Center can proctor exams for online classes or any exam that cannot take place during class time. Exams are proctored to the instructor's specifications. Exams can be on Blackboard-only computers, on lock-down browsers, or paper and pencil tests. Exams must be submitted 48 hours prior to availability to students. Learn more about the Faculty Submission of Exams Procedure on the Testing Center web site.

Speech Lab

All employees and students can take advantage of speech and presentation coaching at the Columbus State Speech lab.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

The policy and practices video summarizes the importance of providing frequent formative assessment to give students feedback on their learning and to help faculty adjust their teaching accordingly. This resource page explores this topic in more depth.

Syllabus Policy

The syllabus policy states required items and provides required language for those items, The syllabus is discussed extensively in the Policies and Practices presentation. See the policy.

Final Exam Schedules

Refer to the academic calender for the semester in which you are teaching to identify your final exam time. Classes are required to meet during final exams at the scheduled time and location only.

Faculty Observation Form and Student Evaluation Form

Faculty are periodically observed by their chairperson, program coordinator or lead faculty member. This developmental opportunity is described in the Policies and Practices video. Faculty are also periodically evaluated by students. Here are copies of the Faculty Observation Form and Student Evaluation Form. 

Other useful resources

Voicemail Guide
Regional Learning Centers info packet
Regional Learning Centers web site
On Campus WiFi Access
Leave Request Form
Substitute Pay Form
Stamps and no-fee debit card withdrawals at Rhodes Hall Cashier's Office
Report needed repairs or clean-up: 287-5444

 + Information Security(Simple precautions you can take secure the college's and your own information and computer systems)

 + Safety Training (Required to take safety training? Check here to find out)

If you only teach online (no face-to-face courses on campus) you do not need to complete any safety modules

If you teach on campus and are not exposed to bloodborne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, or electrical equipment, then you must complete the Fire Extinguisher and Emergency Preparedness modules

If you work with students in clinical settings only (not on CSCC campus), you must complete the Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communications I & II and Personal Protective Equipment modules

If you work on campus in labs with the potential for bloodborne pathogens and/or hazardous materials, complete Fire Extinguisher, Emergency Preparedness, Hazard Communication I & II, Personal Protective Equipment and/or Bloodborne Pathogens modules.

Safety Training for employees is available online through Blackboard. Log in to Blackboard and  click on the “My Organizations” tab. Select “Health & Safety Training 2015.” The modules are listed in the left column. Contact the IT Help Desk (287-5050) about accessing the modules. Contact Lori Thomas (287-3860) about the module content and requirements.


Non-COLS Adjuncts:Remember to take quizzes in Blackboard to record your score.

New Full-Time Faculty

Launch into Autumn semester with a day devoted to conversations about teaching on Monday, August 24th. Faculty Launch! combines new faculty orientation with a professional development day for faculty. This is a chance to engage with new and current colleagues on many relevant topics. Read more.