Faculty Orientation

As a faculty member, you play a vital role in the success of our students. Whether you are full-time, part-time, or sessional, it is important that you have the skills and tools necessary to make the classroom, or on-line learning experience a successful one. Northern College recognizes that not all faculty have had formal teaching experience or training and as such is working towards providing a variety of in-service workshops and programming to support best practices.

In order to meet the varied needs and schedules of our diverse staff, professional development opportunities will be offered in a variety of modalities including face-to-face, online, and self-directed options. Be sure to check out all of the links on this website for an overview of teaching terms, methods and strategies, as well as in-house training opportunities.

Where to Begin

1. Review the Employee Handbook. This important document contains detailed information about each campus as well as policies and procedures with which you are required to become familiar.

2. Review the Student Handbook. This document outlines the policies, rights and responsibilities most important for our students. A complete list of academic policies can be found on Noraction. You must be logged into Citrix to get access to Northern’s Intranet.

3. If you haven’t already done so, schedule a meeting with Human Resources. You will be provided with information regarding your teaching assignment, parking permits, and other required forms and documentation.

4. Schedule a meeting with a representative of your campus IT department The IT representative will assist you with training on network access, BlackBoard Course Management System, and other classroom technologies. Talk directly with your Dean or Program Coordinator if you require assistance with course design, classroom management or teaching and Learning strategies and they will be able to direct you to the resources available within the College’s Learning Innovations department.

5. Schedule a meeting with your Program Coordinator. This individual will assist with your course outline review, provide you with you timetable/classroom information as well as alert you to any specific department manual and/or policies.

6. Schedule Contact North/Video Conference training sessions (if necessary). If you will be teaching via the Contact North distance-education network you will be required to participate in training sessions before you are granted access to the virtual classrooms.

7. If you are a full-time or partial-load employee you will need to schedule a meeting with your local Union Steward.

8. Log into “Employee Connect” to review/edit your personal information on file. Employee Connect is located under MIS Access on Citrix. Please see the attached Faculty Connect Guide for further information.

Student Success Policies
The Student Success Policy will guide overall initiatives that recognize the responsibility to provide all students with a chance to succeed. The purpose of this policy is to increase student success by ensuring that innovative student retention initiatives are communicated to students, faculty and staff, and the process to access supports is delivered in a timely, efficient, consistent and effective manner.

Student Success Policy
Student Success Procedures
Advising Services

Additional Resources
Citrix – College Network
AODA Training
Information Technology Resources and Services

Student Services
Advising Services
Accessibility Services
Indigenous Services
Mental Health in the Classroom
Student Academic Success Services
Student Life Advising