Getting Set Up so You Can Teach: Parking, Textbooks and Email

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Getting started at a new institution is never as simple as showing up on the first day of classes. Every institution has its own series of systems to organize their people for the sake of teaching a new cohort of students. Some of those systems are integrated, and some are discrete. There is no way of guaranteeing that all these systems are properly informed simply because one of them has the information it needs.

The most important information typically needed is the following:

  • Your myBama username
  • Your myBama password
  • Your campus-wide identification, which is called a CWID

Forgot one of these?

Parking

Getting to class involves getting on campus. To park on campus you need a Green Faculty/Staff parking permit. Biking to campus involves registering your bike.

Here are some tips that will help you avoid parking tickets:

  • Keep your Green F/S tag visible (e.g., if you use a sunshade on your windshield).
  • You need a parking permit for evenings, too!
  • If you forget your tag, then park as a Visitor in one of the 3 garages with Visitor Parking (Ferguson CenterCampus Drive, and North ten Hoor). The $5 cash you must pay upon entrance is cheaper than the $25-$50 in parking violation fees for parking without a tag!
  • Parking lots marked with the Green F/S label are fair game. Here is the map!
  • NOTE: Certain lots are dual purpose. Check the signs. If you park on the side not zoned as F/S, you may get a ticket!
  • If you lose your permit, you can use this form to get a new one for a fee.

Ordering Textbooks and Course Materials

The campus bookstore is called The SupeStore. Once your department has finalized the arrangements for your teaching a specific course during a particular term, the SupeStore will send your university email account a personalized link that lists your courses. Use this link to submit textbook information, as well as any other course materials you require. You can log in to that course list manually, too, by logging in here with your myBama username and password.

Consult with your department’s textbook committee. State of Alabama policy states that you cannot use a textbook YOU wrote and pocket the profits! If the book you intend to use was authored by yourself or anyone else at UA, it has to be approved by your department’s Ethics Committee prior to adoption. The committee emails everyone the required due dates and forms each semester.

Course Materials

You can list a wide assortment of special tools, equipment, and platforms for a course: calculators, clickers, Netflix accounts, etc. Otherwise, not only will students come to class unprepared, but also, scholarships or assistance funds will not be able to purchase these things!

Communications and Email

Your UA email is as important as your myBama and CWID information. Setting up your UA webmail is crucial since you are required to use it for all your UA-related correspondences. There is literally few to no circumstances whereby any other means communication should be conducted. The initial steps for doing so should be handled by your department.

  • Ask your department secretary what is your assigned email address ( @ua.edu)
  • Report any problems to the IT service desk (itservicedesk@ua.edu
  • Be sure your department has added you to essential department listservs!
  • Set up all your professional devices to access your email.
  • Using UA email on your personal devices is typical, but there are privacy and security issues to consider. (Not to mention work/life equilibrium!)
  • Do not forward this address to other email systems.

Second, in situations where you ask yourself “Should I send an email or not?” then don’t! Digital communications are not privileged. If you put it in writing, there is now a public record and you are responsible for it. Hence, if you aren’t sure whether it’s ok to discuss something (student issue/info, employment, personal matters, questionable topics), then ask your supervisor or department chair to advise you. Keep a record of their reply to your question for future reference.

Blackboard Communications Tools

Blackboard does have an internal email system, as well as additional communications tools, including your course page, class announcements, discussion forums, and wikis. The Faculty Resource Center has a help page for setting up these systems as well as one-on-one consultations.

Blackboard emails cannot be forwarded to any other email account. If you wish to disable BBL email, follow these steps: Under Course Management in the menu on the left, choose Customization > Tool Availability > uncheck Course Messages and Email.

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This resource is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Instructional Supplement. For more information, contact Nathan Loewen at nrloewen@ua.edu.