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Faculty Resources

As you undertake your teaching responsibilities at UMBC, please keep the resources and services of the Faculty Development Center (FDC) in mind. We are happy to talk with you about planning a course, developing a syllabus, aligning course goals, assessments and activities, dealing with challenging student learning issues, and balancing teaching with your many other responsibilities. We can also observe a class or help you gather student feedback. For an appointment, please email

We also offer a number of workshops each semester listed on the Home page of the FDC website and under FDC Programs.

The FDC library circulates, so please come browse our titles in Engineering 101, or ask about a particular title. Our catalog will be available on-line sometime in late fall, 2012.

For short tip-sheets on common teaching issues, please browse the titles found on this website under Teaching and Learning Topics.

Below is a list of other resources for you and your students.


Videos of selected FDC workshops

Academic resources for students at UMBC:

  • Learning Resources Center offers tutoring in many courses.
  • Counseling Center offers a "Skills for Success" workshop series covering topics such as time management, memory skills, and test anxiety. The Center also offers individual counseling.
  • Student Support Services offers services for students with disabilities and for students who are low-income, first generation college students.
  • English Language Center provides assistance to students for whom English is not their first language. Tutoring and classes are offered.
  • The Shriver Center provides assistance to students seeking placement in co-op positions, internships, and service-learning opportunities.
  • SafeAssign, a plagiarism detection service, is supported as part of UMBC's Blackboard course supplemental platform. For information on its use please contact Karin Readel (; 5-3885).

Resources on the Web:

  • National Teaching and Learning Forum: View current and past issues of this teaching newsletter by selecting the "site license subscriber" entry (access from UMBC accounts).
  • Teaching Centers: The University of Kansas has compiled a fairly comprehensive list of teaching and learning centers at U.S. colleges and universities.
See the pages below for more resources:
  • New Faculty - Links, articles, tips, and resources to make your first year easier.
  • Part-Time Faculty - Information you can use, connections you can make.