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Information for New Faculty

Welcome to Colorado College!

There is a lot of information in the following document pertaining to how things 'work' here. If you have any questions, your office staff assistant or department chair will probably either have the answer or will be able to direct you to someone who does. You are also welcome to call the Dean's Office at ext. 6682. 

Glenn E. Brooks, Political Science

New Faculty Information

Academic Advising: All tenure-track faculty at the College advise students. New faculty are usually not assigned advisees during their first year. New faculty should meet with their Chair in their first year or at the beginning of their second year to review advising procedures and responsibilities at the college and within the department or program.  
Academic Calendar  
Academic Honor Code: Colorado College operates within an Academic Honor Code system with which you should be familiar. Please review the materials contained on the linked websites and ASK YOUR CHAIR if you have any questions about the Honor Code or about Honor Council procedures and policies at the College. Professor Dennis McEnnerney is the Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council. He would be pleased to talk with you about the Honor Code. ALWAYS introduce the Honor Code at the beginning of your classes, explain your policies and preferred practices, and require students to sign "Honor Code Upheld" on papers and examinations. If you suspect an Honor Code violation, please speak immediately with your chair or program director, as he or she can assist you in taking the next steps outlined on the Honor Council webpage.  
Academic Programs  
Benefit Information  
Block Plan  
Bookstore  
Building Hours  
Campus Events Calendar  
Community: The Colorado Springs web site includes community information such as facts, buildings and historical landmarks, market access, workforce, business assistance, quality of life, and tourism. The El Paso County website provides information on park services and programs, county maps, and county offices. 
Computer: You are assigned an account by Academic Computing (ext. 6716). They'll help you program your password. You have both a network storage area and your own hard drive. Remember to back up your hard drives. The department staff assistant may be able to help if you need information on how your computer works.  
Computer Help Desk: The Help Desk telephone number is x6449.  
Copyright Permission: Permission for photocopied class materials goes through the Colorado College Bookstore (x6794). The students purchase course packets in the bookstore. 
Copy Services: At the Department Offices: Please ask your staff assistant to acquaint you with the Xerox machine in your department office if you are not familiar with the model. These machines keep track of usage, and in most departments you must have an access code number to enter; this access code (or 'account number') may be obtained from your faculty staff assistant. Your staff assistant is available to help you do copying jobs but please remember that he or she will also be assisting other faculty members in your department: plan carefully and early! Please talk to your staff assistant about the appropriate procedure for having students do your copying. 

At the Library: To use the copier in the library, get a key from the Circulation Desk and use it at the copier; when you are finished copying your materials; sign out in the Faculty Copy Notebook at the Circulation Desk. Give your permission to the Circulation Desk Supervisor if you would like a student worker to make copies for you. 
Course Evaluations: In 1997, the faculty implemented a course evaluation system that mandates course evaluations in all courses taught in all departments and programs at Colorado College. All students are expected to evaluate classes at the end of each course, using forms designed and provided by the faulty within each department/program. Course evaluation forms should be composed within, and approved by, each department/program and need not be uniform across departments/programs. See the Faculty Handbook, Part Four, II. D. Check with your chair or program director for copies of the course evaluations used by CC faculty in your department or program. You are welcome to modify existing forms to fit your own assessment goals. 
E-mail: An e-mail account will be assigned to you by Academic Computing. If you need help, check with your department staff assistant or the Help-Desk (x6449). 
Fax:  The fax machines in faculty staff assistants' offices are available for faculty use only (students are to use the fax in the campus bookstore). Fax numbers are listed in the Faculty and Staff Directory. Your faculty staff assistant will be able to guide you through the procedure for using the fax in your department or program office. 
Gym and Athletics Program: For hours, intramural sports schedule and classes see the CC Athletics website, especially the "Wellness" page.  
Human Resources Office  
Identification Card: Your employee photo ID card allows access to a variety of activities and facilities on campus, including Tutt Library, the El Pomar Sports Center, activities at Worner Campus Center, and theatrical and musical presentations. ID cards are produced cost free by the Gold Card Office, located at the front desk of the Worner Campus Center (on the corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre). 
Interdisciplinary Programs:  
Keys: For building entrance and your own office, contact the Physical Plant (Facilities Services, Van Briggle Building, x6568). Please check with your department staff assistant first to see if he or she has already ordered keys for you. 
Library: Your ID card is needed for Tutt Library services. Information about putting materials on Reserve at the library may be found here, or at the Circulation Desk at the Library. Ask at the desk for a copy of the library's informational guide for services provided. You can access the library's computerized card catalog through the computer.
Mail:  Both intercampus and off-campus mail is delivered to, and picked up from, the department or program office once a day. Mail you are sending to faculty, staff, or college offices should be placed in a campus mail envelope and addressed with the recipient's name and mailbox number or office location. Student mail must be addressed with the student's name and Worner box number. If more than 5 pieces of student mail are being sent at one time (for example, if you are returning students' class work or exams), they must be sorted and ordered according to the student mailbox numbers and fastened together with a rubber band or large clip. (Staff assistants will do this for you.) You may leave stamped personal items to be mailed in the outgoing box. Staff assistants have departmental mailing labels for large envelopes and boxes. U.S. mail leaves campus at 3:30 p.m. daily. 
Office Security: Please help out by not giving your students access to your office via a general distribution of office keys. Please be aware when you ask students to pick up materials in the department or program office, that confidential materials (letters, tests, student work) may be in plain view. Please do not give out copy machine codes without careful thought. 
Orientation: You will be invited by the Director of the Crown Teaching and Learning Center,and the Associate Dean of the Faculty, to attend a one-day New Faculty Retreat  in the week preceding the beginning of fall semester classes. The Dean's Office also organizes a number of other sessions to orient you with offices that can assist you in your work and the Crown Center holds workshops for new faculty around teaching and scholarship issues generally every block. Details of the full orientation program will be sent to you over the summer nefore you arrive. The Office of Human Resources organizes orientation sessions and one-on-one discussions in the week preceding the start of the fall semester. Contact Pam Leutz (x6682) in the Dean's Office or Barbara Wilson (x6421) in Human Resources if you do not receive invitations to these orientation sessions. 
The Pathfinder:  The student policy handbook. The Pathfinder includes information on Academic Policies (including leaves of absence and withdrawals), Judicial Procedures (including the Anti-Discrimination Policy and Crime Reporting), and Student Conduct Policies (including the Drug and Alcohol Policy and the Sexual Misconduct Policy). 
The Point System: After their freshman year of college, students enroll in courses by distributing 80 points across the eight courses they select during Preregistration (in block 7) of the preceding year. Students typically place 0 - 30+ points on courses; some courses require higher bids. Students are placed into courses on the basis of the points they assign. They are also placed on Waitlists for courses they bid upon but do not receive. For more information contact the Registrar, Phil Apodaca, or your department chair or program director. 
Publications  
Recycling:  Bins for aluminum cans and glass items are located in all major academic buildings and near most campus parking lots. Recycled paper is divided into white, colored, newspapers and cardboard. There are large plastic tubs located in various places in each building. Check with your office staff assistant for the one located nearest to you. 
Residential Life (including information on on-campus faculty housing)   
Supplies:  You may purchase office supplies from the Book Store and charge them to your department. Your office staff assistant will have the necessary account codes. Tell the cashier to which department you wish to charge the supplies and sign the charge form. 
Support for Faculty Scholarship:  There are internal sources of funding to support your scholarship, as well as external sources. For an overview of internal funding opportunities, visit CC Funding Sources.  For information on applying for external funding to support your research, visit Faculty Grant Opportunities. Students may apply for Venture Grants in conjunction with faculty projects or under faculty sponsorship. For more information about Venture Grants, contact Rita Zook, Dean's Office, x6686. 
Teaching and Learning Center: Throughout the academic year, the TLC sponsors many teaching colloquia on issues of interest to faculty. In Orientation Week (the week preceding the beginning of the fall semester), the TLC arranges a New Faculty Retreat to the Colorado College Cabin. The Direcctor will also respond to individual questions.  
Teaching with Technology  
Telephone: Information about telephone and voice mail use is in the first pages of the Faculty/Staff Directory, or can be provided by your faculty secretary. Voice mail is available for your use, or your phone can be set to forward to your faculty secretary's office after 4 rings if you would prefer. These options can be discussed with faculty secretaries. Please advise secretaries if you plan to be absent for a period of time. To make an off campus call (local or long distance), first dial 9. Phone messages for you can be delivered in any one of four ways: voice mail, e-mail, a note by your office door, or a note in your box in the secretary's office. Let your secretary know which you prefer. 
Tutt Library's Guide to Library and Computing Services  
Work Requests for Staff Assistants: Your faculty staff assistant is there to be helpful. Please don't hesitate to ask him or her to assist you! Staff assistants do their best to prioritize the workload, so please also discuss procedures, priorities, and deadlines. 
Writing Center and Writing Program:  Colorado College offers a multi-level program designed to help students improve their writing. Believing that students write more forcefully about subjects which interest them, the faculty decided against requiring a conventional composition course: instead, faculty members from many fields offer courses which emphasize writing. Freshman tutorials, limited to 15 students, require papers and offer help with writing. For students who want more extensive help, many departments offer one- and two-block courses in standard academic subjects which emphasize writing. Enrollment is limited to allow time for individual conferences, small group sessions, and detailed criticism. The Student Writing Center offers free tutorial help in writing to all Colorado College students. Staffed by a director, part-time professionals and student peer tutors, the Writing Center provides individual tutoring and small group workshops in composition. In addition, the Writing Center can give editorial help with non-curricular projects such as newsletters, job or graduate school applications, and non-academic articles.