Fall 2006 Mentoring Programs
Checklist for New Faculty
Mentoring Committee Members
CHECKLIST FOR NEW FACULTY
Peer and Student
Reappointment, Tenure, Certificate of Continuous Employment
Useful Phone Numbers
*It is very important that you go to FIT Personnel at 236
West 27th Street, 11th Floor, to be processed and get an ID
* New faculty members are invited to a college-wide
orientation session before the beginning of the fall
semester; you are urged to attend it.
* It is your responsibility to provide official transcripts,
three academic recommendations and all necessary
documentation to the department chairperson before the start
of the semester to ensure that you are on the payroll.
* You have a mail folder. You should consult and empty it
regularly when you are on campus; it is an important means
of contact and information.
* Keys for your classrooms and office will be provided to
you at the beginning of the semester.
* Textbooks should be ordered at soon as the faculty is
informed of their class schedule. The Barnes and Noble FIT
Bookstore forms are available in the departments; the store
is in the A Building – Basement, ext. 77717. The Fashion
Design Bookstore on 234 West 27th Street, (212) 633-9646,
also accepts textbook orders.
* The first class of the semester is not an abbreviated class.
Please provide a full class lecture and activities.
* Distribute a syllabus for your course to the students at
your first meeting; it should include textbooks, reading
assignments, examination policy, term paper requirements,
and other components that are used to determine the semester
grade. It should also include your attendance policy.
Remember to erase the blackboard before you leave your
* Consider including the following statement on your
syllabus about accommodating students with special needs:
"FIT strongly upholds a student's equal opportunity to learn
and has support services for students in the Office of
Disability Services, room A511a, 212.217.4090, and the
Counseling Center, A212b, 212.217-4260."
* Give a copy of your syllabus immediately to the department
secretary to be kept on file in the department.
* Please plan ahead for the reproduction of material. The
FIT print shop provides speedy copying of your syllabus,
handouts and tests. The department’s secretaries will send
the material to the print shop located in Bc20 (basement),
ext. 77851/77621. The copy machines in the offices are not
to be used for more than 25 copies.
*Final examinations must be prepared sufficiently ahead of
time to enable copies to be made in the print shop. The
department secretary can provide you with a request form to
have copies run off in the print shop. Give a copy of your
final to the secretary.
*Attendance should be taken for certification rosters. The
hour of instruction is composed of fifty minutes and usually
starts ten minutes after the hour unless otherwise noted,
such as evening classes which start at 6:20 pm. Be punctual
and urge students to be punctual; students are generally
encouraged not to have more than three hours of absence
unless a medical excuse is provided.
* Full-timers are required to provide one office hour per
week to each three hours of class time. These office hours
are to be distributed over a three-day period. Faculty
should also be available for students who find it difficult
to meet during these office hours.
* Adjunct faculty are urged to post a schedule of their
office hours; as a rule it is advisable to be available to
students before or after classes, after a test or quiz, or
by appointment. Compensation for adjunct office hours has
been determined by contractual agreement and is announced
* Notification of absences must be given to the chairperson
and secretary before any personal leave is taken. Check with
your department regarding Anticipated Absence Forms and
* The assignment of substitutes for your classes will be
done by the chairperson, based on contractual rules. AOP
(i.e. seniority) must be followed. Adjunct faculty members
are always given preference for paid coverage of classes.
Full-time faculty cover classes only when adjunct faculty
are not available. Substitution will be arranged whenever
possible or the classes will be cancelled. Please note that
an instructor an get a substitute only after a certain
amount of absences.
* Substitutes should be provided with topic and/or material
to be covered in your classes. Substitutes will provide you
with an attendance list.
* Unexpected absences, such as those due to illness, should
be called into the department. If the absences are for early
morning classes, call the dean’s office, (212) 217-7891 and
the department office.
* Peer observations are scheduled early in the semester with
advance notice. Discussion with the observer after the
observation is useful. These observations provide you with
an opportunity to get valuable feedback on your teaching. It
is important that you sign a release form for the Tenure and
Promotion Committee (T&P) to enable the T&P Committee to
verify that your documents are on file at the college.
* It is generally recommended that instructors (regardless
of their tenure or CCE status) take student evaluations.
These provide an important feedback for better teaching.
* All non-tenured faculty members must have student
evaluations done in all their classes every term. That
includes summer and winterim sessions.
* It is the responsibility of faculty to note the
announcement from Faculty Services about the time and method
for the taking of these evaluations. They are generally
taken during the last five weeks of the semester.
* Student evaluations are discussed at reappointment
meetings; they serve as an important factor in the
reappointment of non-tenured faculty and in the
recommendation for promotion for tenured faculty.
* You can see the student evaluations done in your classes
at the end of the term in the Faculty Services Offices, Room
D220, ext. 77793.
* Office computers are available to faculty. Check with your
department regarding access to computers.
* To access e-mail you must have an account with a college
e-mail address. Speak to your departmental secretary for
procedures to follow to open an account.
* Computer help is available from the college’s computer
operations help line ext. 77720, room C101.
* "Blackboard training," a course management software
package, is available to faculty. Further information is
available through the FIT Teaching Institute, ext. 77087.
REAPPOINTMENT, TENURE, CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUOUS EMPLOYMENT
*Reappointment of non-tenured full-time and non-CCE adjunct
faculty is done in the fall and spring semesters at
department meetings. Reappoint is based on four criteria:
1. Academic achievements, i.e. degrees and additional
2. Excellence in teaching as indicated by peer observations
and student evaluations.
3. Service to the FIT community – to the department, the
school, the students and the college as a whole.
4. Professional growth as evidenced by publications,
participation in conferences, seminars, etc.
(UNITED COLLEGE EMPLOYEES UNION)
Helpful materials about benefits available through the Welfare Fund and college
activities are available at the UCE union office, B902, ext.
Library – The Gladys Marcus Library is located on the
fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the Shirley Goodman
Resource Center in the D and E Buildings. Books and articles
may be put on reserve for your students. The reference desk
is at ext. 75580, and the circulation desk is at ext. 75780.
Media Services – Audiovisual materials including VCR’s
laptops and projectors can be borrowed for classes from the
media substation in room C305B, ext. 77895.
Academic Skills Center – Students can get tutoring and
attend workshops in improving their skills. These are
available in the Academic Skills Center in room A608B, ext.
Disability Services (FIT-ABLE) - FIT strongly upholds
a student's equal opportunity to learn regardless of
disability by providing reasonable accommodations, such as a
separate area for taking tests. The Office of Disability
Services (FIT-ABLE) is located in A511, ext. 74090.
Counseling for Students – Free counseling is available to
students on a walk-in emergency basis and a non-emergency
basis at the Counseling Center in B403, ext. 74260. If you
have concerns about one of the students in your classes, you
may call the Counseling Center for advice as to how best to
make a referral.
Dean of Liberal Arts
Emergency school closing
Disability Services (FIT-ABLE)
Human Resources Office