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Faculty Development Center

Part-Time Faculty — Teaching Resources

Thank you for sharing your time and your talents with students here at UMBC! Part-time faculty are an increasingly important part of almost every campus today. The Faculty Development Center (FDC) recognizes the valuable role you play in the learning community of UMBC; we want to provide you information you can use. While you may not be able to stop by the Center in person we hope that these resources will prove beneficial to you.

The FDC has an online Adjunct Handbook that provides information on a number of issues of interest to faculty teaching at UMBC.  In addition please consult the Faculty Resources page of this website for a complete list of the teaching resources and services available to you through the FDC at UMBC.

We especially want you to be aware of the FDC list serv,, that provides you with a quick, easy way to request resources and share ideas about teaching with your colleagues as well as the FDC Director. The Director also uses this vehicle as a way to share brief news about opportunities such as workshops and book discussions on teaching and timely suggestions for teaching effectively and efficiently. We encourage you to submit your teaching experiences and suggestions here as well to the Center at or by calling 5-1829.

You can subscribe for free to the Teacher Professor blog, a publication of Maryellen Weimer, editor of the Teaching Professor Newsletter. The blog is a brief and thoughtful perspective on teaching practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon has a wealth of material on teaching and learning, all of it solidly based on research and practice. In particular, look for the Solve a Teaching Program page, a databank that provides practical strategies to address teaching problems across the disciplines.\

For short tip-sheets on a number of teaching issues, please see the list of Teaching and Learning Topics on this website.

Resources and Ideas for Teaching and Learning

Help with Blackboard, the course management system

Designing Courses- Using the Teaching Goals Inventory

The Syllabus as a Teaching Tool

Elements of a Learning-Centered Syllabus

Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn (pdf)

Tips for Helping Students Read Scholarly Articles (pdf)

Advice to New Teachers: Turn it Inside Out (pdf)

Meet and Confer Information
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