Arts and Communication

Adjunct Guide

Point of Contact -

Please contact Sara Torabi for any administrative support and direction:

  • Ms. Sara Torabi, Administrative Assistant for Faculty Services
  • storabi2012@fit.edu 
  • (321) 674-8073

EMPLOYEE ID CARD

Sara will notify you when a Florida Tech employee ID number has been generated for you, which happens upon completion of your hiring paperwork. In order to get your Florida Tech picture ID card, please report to the Human Resources Department (Work Building #408) with a picture ID and request a “new hire letter”. Take the letter to Campus Services, (Commons Building #710) where an employee picture ID card will be issued. Finally, take the ID card to Tech Support which is located next to the President’s office (Quadrangle Building #401) where tech staff will give you your Florida Tech username and generate a TRACKS password.

PHONE LIST/ DISASTER PLAN

In the event of a disaster or emergency, the department will use a phone listing to call everyone. Please be sure that Sara has your current phone number.

SECURITY

In the event of an emergency or if you need to contact Security for any reason, dial (321) 674-8111 or x8111 from a campus phone. http://www.fit.edu/security/

Parking decals must be purchased and displayed on your vehicle if you park on campus. A parking decal request form is available from Sara.

MAILBOXES

Your mailbox is located in Crawford Building, Room 602, the All Purpose Room (APR). Please check your mailbox frequently. This is crucial, especially for adjuncts, because anything important that needs to be given to you will go in your mailbox. For example: desk copies of textbooks, class lists, mail addressed to you, etc.

OFFICE SUPPLIES

Any time you need office supplies for your class or completing your work, please check the office supply cabinets in the far corner of the All Purpose Room #602. If you do not find what you need, please notify Sara so she can purchase the item(s).

CTLE

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence is a useful resource that provides materials needed to teach more effectively ranging from “Using Rubrics” to assistance with best practices in test design. CTLE is located on the 1st floor of Crawford, room 100. http://www.fit.edu/ctle/

BOOK ORDERS

Order forms are completed or distributed to you by your program chair. They are completed the semester before they will be needed. Suggestions and additional requests for books and/or materials are welcome, but you must speak directly with your program chair for approval.

SYLLABUS

Required for each class. Must be submitted to Sara Torabi, Administrative Assistant for Faculty Service at storabi2012@fit.edu no later than Wednesday of the first week of each semester.  Please scan a copy in the following standard format for each class:

Format: COM 1101_YourLastName_Fall 2015

*** If you would like assistance with building your syllabus, please contact Jason Griggs, located in the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (Crawford Building room 100.

Jason Griggs: jgriggs@fit.edu / (321) 674-7495

E-MAIL

Outlook is the e-mail server of choice. Other faculty, staff members, and students will send e-mails to your FIT e-mail address. It is to be used as your primary e-mail; please check it frequently. You can access your Outlook Web App e-mail from any computer with an internet connection by typing the following in the URL bar: ex.fit.edu

To receive university event notifications, please register for a list serve named, facforum at this link: https://lists.fit.edu/sympa

ACCESS PORTAL

Florida Tech’s ACCESS portal is the one-stop portal to access everything you need, including e-mail, important announcements, Human Resources, Student Services, Faculty Services and resources, etc. To log into the ACCESS portal you will need your TRACKS username and password.

PAWS

Panther Access Web System (PAWS) contains your personal information, employee information, and the faculty services option. You can find a PAWS link in the Florida Tech ACCESS portal.

CANVAS

Florida Tech’s new learning management system, CANVAS, is available for you to use for every class. You can post assignments and students’ weekly or assignment grades. If you have any issues with CANVAS, see contact Instructional Designer, Mr. Jason Griggs at jgriggs@fit.edu or 674-7495. If you need further assistance, Mr. Eric Donath is happy to meet with you. His contact information is edonath@fit.edu or 674-8655.

ASSESSMENT TESTS

These tests are mandatory (job requirement) to satisfy our SACS (Southern Association Colleges and Schools) accreditation requirements. At present, we assess the following classes: COM 1101, COM 1102, CIV 1, and CIV 2. Assessments are done twice a semester, a pre-test at the beginning and a post-test at the end of the semester. Please see your program chair to determine what testing requirements your class includes. Please see Sara for testing materials and supplies.

CLASS LISTS

You will find class lists for the students enrolled in your course(s) in your mailbox. They are distributed shortly after school starts. Please use these lists to verify who is attending class or who has withdrawn so the Registrar can update the course roster. Once you have verified the students, please sign the list and return to Sara Torabi.

IT SUPPORT

Please notify Sara Torabi with any request for classroom Tech Support. You must register for training to be able to use the classrooms that have Instructor Workstations (IWS). Registration link is: http://it.fit.edu/instructional/training.php

CLASS CANCELLATION PROCEDURE

If you will not be able to instruct a scheduled class for whatever reason, please call Sara Torabi at (321) 674-8073 or send her an e-mail (storabi2012@fit.edu) as soon as you are aware that your class must be cancelled. Please use your class summary e-mail icon, which can be found under the ‘Faculty’ tab in ACCESS, to send out your own class cancellation to your students. A notice will be posted on the classroom door prior to class start time for any students who did not read your e-mail.

ADJUNCT OFFICE

Located on the third floor of Crawford, room 316 is set up with two desks and two computers for your use. You may also use this office to meet with students. The office will be utilized on a first come-first serve basis. There are also two computers for your use in Crawford room 602.

SAC FACULTY MEETING

Immediately following Coffee Hour presentations, Dr. Taylor hosts a faculty meeting. Adjunct instructors are encouraged to attend. There are three each semester and include updates on important subjects and upcoming events.

MONTHLY COFFEE HOUR

Provides our students and professors an opportunity to create positive connections. Three are offered each semester. Similar to special events, participation is always encouraged and appreciated. For more information please contact Sara (storabi2012@fit.edu) 

EVENTS

Throughout each semester, we host special events such as Field Trips, Music Events, End of Semester Celebrations, and Orientation Days. The School of Arts & Communication prides itself in actively involved students, staff, and faculty and invite you to participate.

TEACHER EVALUATIONS

These are completed by your students twice a semester, a paper version at mid-term (you keep this one) and a paper version at the end of the semester which is forwarded to Dr. Taylor for review.

 GRADES

Are submitted in PAWS (Panther Access Web System) for mid-term and final grades. Failure to enter grades before deadlines, results in you generating paper forms for each of your students and seeking approvals from the Associate Dean and the Dean. If you have any questions or need assistance with submitting grades please contact Sara (storabi2012@fit.edu)

"Change of Grade" is an electronic process completed by you in PAWS.

PLAGIARISM

If you suspect a student has plagiarized, send an e-mail to Sara Torabi requesting a meeting with Dr. Taylor, the student, and his/her advisor. Please include a copy of the work that you suspect to be plagiarized along with your availability for meeting days and times. Include a printout of the turnitin.com report (if applicable). A file for the student will be initiated by Sara and you will be notified of the scheduled meeting.

FINAL EXAMS

Required for each class you teach. Once you have composed your exam, project rubric, or term paper rubric, please scan a copy to Sara Torabi at storabi2012@fit.edu.

Format: COM1101_YourLastName_Fall2015

Registrar's Website

http://www.fit.edu/registrar/finals.php

EVANS LIBRARY

The library has a range of useful materials, including a computer lab on the 2nd floor and a large selection of useful materials. The librarians are happy to help you with research and have several databases for searching library materials including journal articles and books. http://lib.fit.edu/

**KEY LINKS**

  • School of Arts & Communication page:

http://cpla.fit.edu/hu-com/welcome.php

  • Like us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/FloridaTechHumCom

  • Faculty handbook:

http://www.fit.edu/faculty/handbook/

  •   Academic calendar:

http://www.fit.edu/registrar/calendar