For Adjunct Instructors

Welcome to the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC!

Important dates on the Academic Calendar. Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Where to park and other useful maps of campus. You’ll need a campus ID card and a parking permit.

If you have not previously worked/attended UMBC, you need to contact Sharda’ at for your Campus ID information. Once, she emails you the info, please show the e-mail and your state-issued-ID to the Campus Card Services. CCS is located on the first floor of the University Center, behind the Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A.

With your university account, access your email, Blackboard, Google Drive, and Box accounts using this login and Password. Your area coordinator can share any visual arts resources relevant to your area via Box or Google Drive. Your university ID card will activate swipe access to the Fine Arts Building on the 1st Floor entry nearest the Library after normal business hours.

Once you have your campus ID card, please contact Beth Yashnyk at to set up a pin number for the faculty printer/copier located in FA110, to link your laptop to this printer. All computers and projectors are currently running on local accounts until further notice. An email will be sent to you with the account and password.

To request a key for your classroom, please contact Beth Yashnyk at She will send you a contract, which must be signed and returned to her before you can be given your keys.
You will need to return your keys to Beth at the end of the semester (unless you have a yearly contract, then they must be returned before summer break). You may leave your keys in an envelope with your name on it in Beth’s mailbox in the Visual Arts Office, or contact her to schedule a time to drop off your keys.

At least a week prior to the start of your class, please visit the room/studio/lab/editing suites that you will be using and make sure your keys/card-swipe, laptop, faculty login, projector, and any other equipment all work. If something is wrong, please place the appropriate ticket (Please see below for directions on submitting a ticket) and/or contact one of the staff members and troubleshoot the problem.


To request IT support or report maintenance issues for any of the Visual Arts spaces in the Fine Arts Building, ITE, or Lions Brothers Studios, please create a ticket (you will use your myumbc account to login). Access to the ticketing system can also be found on the main page of the Visual Arts website along with other information and announcements. For issues elsewhere on campus or problems with BlackBoard please use the Request Help ticketing system through myUMBC.

If needed, schedule a demo for WebCheckout to access production/photography equipment with Christian Valiente

Getting Paid:

1. All Human Resource paperwork must be completed with a signed contract to be added to UMBC payroll.
2. Direct deposit is recommended. Checks not direct deposited will be mailed to your home address on file and may take up to 5 days for delivery.
3. If you have a change of address, A new W-4 form will need to be filled out so that the Maryland Central Payroll will add the change to your checks. Forms can be found on UMBC HR web site.
4. Question concerning payroll should be addressed to Sharda Ham Alston

Spaces to work:

We have four spaces for adjunct faculty to work in the Fine Arts Building. Shared office spaces are in rooms FA 107C, 341 and 347 and the faculty work area in room FA110. These rooms can be used for grading, research or student meetings, with the faculty workroom being less private and has the copier/printer in the space. You’re also welcome to book the conference room FA112D by contacting Bonnie Paucar. Available as well are Faculty Study Rooms in the Library.

Please let your students know about two spaces on the first floor that they can use for study, work, research and collaboration: The Student Study area in room FA107B and the Open Studio and Print Lab in FA113. There are color and B&W copier/printers that students can send work to.

Books and Supplies:

If your class requires a fee, please speak with your area point-person about how those fees are used and how to purchase supplies.

To have the bookstore carry textbooks or supplies please visit their website. Or use the following link to have the library reserve course materials for your students.

To schedule a showing of student work in the hallways, please contact Beth Yashnyk to be placed on the

For higher quality and photographic prints, there is a large format inkjet printer service in room FA345, which Chris Peregoy manages called ArtPrint. Also offers a place for faculty and students to scan larger items, and to purchase limited Printmaking supplies.

The university-owned printing service, CommonVision offers a wider array of additional services which include passport photos, 3D printers, button makers, etc. They have a great list of art resources along with guidelines for showing work in their gallery spaces here.

Syllabus and Class Information:

Blackboard Training: Help and Tutorials Blackboard Apps: iTunes and Android

If you cannot initially access Blackboard, it may be that they need to fill out the SA Access Form that Sharda’ can provide.

Adding students who are “waitlisted”:

Please see the grades calendar/. to find out when is the last day to submit grades. If a grade needs to be changed after the deadline, contact Sharda’ Ham-Alston for a copy of the form. Once the Grade Change Form is completed they will need to give Sharda’ the original so that the chair can sign it and so that the department can have a copy for their records.

EMAIL YOUR SYLLABI to Sharda’ Ham-Alston in the Art Office FA Room 111 before the first week of classes for the chair to have on record We must file a copy of your syllabi, please email a pdf of your syllabus for every class that you are teaching this semester. You can also request scanned and/or hard copies of past syllabi by emailing Sharda’. Please make sure to include the specific art class.

PHOTOCOPY ASSISTANCE FOR CLASSES: If you need assistance with tests or articles photocopied for your classes please provide the materials to the front desk (and alert Bonnie) at least ONE WEEK before you need the materials.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS: If you must cancel a class please make sure that you email the area coordinator as well as the office staff – Bonnie Paucar and Sharda’ Ham-Alston They have to keep track of all class cancellations. Also, if you feel you are running late for whatever reason please call the Art Office in order to unlock the classroom door and/or inform the students of the delay.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS: You may have received the message from the President and the Provost regarding inclusiveness at UMBC, titled “UMBC Diversity and Inclusion Resources” especially (The Diverse Classroom — on the Faculty Development Center website). Click on this and follow the trail to multiple resources and suggestions.


***Note: ALL instances of cheating MUST be reported:

Faculty Development Center (FDC) — page on Academic Integrity; why students cheat; and how to prevent cheating:

The online form to report Academic Misconduct:

Ensure that you have communicated your attendance policy in writing as well as UMBC’s policy on plagiarism.

Please cut and paste on Blackboard or email to your students:

  1. Academic Integrity Statement

UMBC Statement of Values for Academic Integrity

“By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult UMBC policies, or the Faculty Handbook (Section 14.3). For graduate courses, see the Graduate School website.”

  1. Clearly stated Expectations (and penalties) regarding:
  1. Attendance** — including punctuality
  2. Attentiveness — including participation
  3. Approximate number of hours needed per project ****
  4. Expected prior knowledge of particular tools/software (this is very helpful in responding to students who panic at the end of the semester and then fault the professor).

** Our department has an attendance policy that is posted below. You are free to modify this policy to suit your class and meet your standards of expectation from the students.

Number of excused absences is connected to the number of contact hours of class: 1X a week class: 1 absence is excused

2X per week class: 2 absences are excused After that:

  • Documentation is required to transform an unexcused absence into excused (form to be determined by instructor).
  • Work must be completed on time no matter what – the student is responsible for keeping track of what is required & getting the correct information.
  • Students risk failing the course if they miss more than 15% of class meetings.

**** FYI: Regarding projects —breaking up the important projects/ assignments into a couple or more stages helps students to ensure that they are on track with your expectations. Using a rubric when assigning grades also helps to pinpoint problems that the student needs to work on.

Thanks for taking the time to include this information in your syllabi.

BTW: Please let your students know that if they are upset about something in the course, that there is a strict hierarchy for lodging complaints. First, the student should communicate with you; if the matter is not resolved he/she should communicate with the chair; if there is still no resolution then the student can then approach the Dean. Please deter students from directly emailing the President or the Dean as the first course of action.

Area Specific Information:


Point Person- Sarah Sharp Staff- Beth Yashnyk

There is a lab fee associated with Foundations courses. Supply orders are to be sent at least 2 weeks in advance to Melissa Cormier to be purchased by the department. Please give a description of each item, supplier, item ID number, quantity needed, and provide a link. If you are using Amazon or DickBlick to purchase, please create a “wishlist” and share the list with Beth via email. She is happy to walk you through this process. Please email her to schedule a time to meet. Beth will alert you when the items have been delivered to the Art Office in FA111.

The flat files, shelves, tools, and closet spaces are used by several faculty and classes. Please keep these areas clean and organized as much as possible during the semester. At the end of the semester, please clear student work and scrap materials from the space. Contact Sarah Sharp about how to claim flat file or closet space or with any other questions about Foundations.

Please put in a ticket if the studio is in need of attention (out of paper towels, lights are out, sharps box is full, the projector is malfunctioning, etc.).

Point Person-
Eric Dyer Staff- Christian Valiente

Art History:
Point Person- Joyce Anitagrace Staff- Beth Yashnyk

Cinematic Arts:
Point Person- Julien Rosskam Staff- Christian Valiente

Graphic Design:
Point Person- Guenet Abraham – Beth Yashnyk

Point Person- Kathy Marmor – Beth Yashnyk

Point Person- Calla Thompson Staff- Chris Peregoy

Print Media:
Point Person- Irene Chan Staff- Chris Peregoy

Graduate Program Director- Kelley Bell Staff- Beth Yashnyk


You’ll need to sign up for a library card through the Baltimore County Public Library.

You can either sign up online for limited access or get a card in person at one of the branch locations.

To log in to BCPL’s

    • Using a web browser:
      • Go to Research Databases
      • Select
      • Follow the prompts to enter your BCPL card number and PIN. [pin is the last 4-digits of the phone # you gave the library account]

Another streaming media service:

Important UMBC links:

Social Media:

For Students:

Additional Info:
There is funding for faculty projects and training on campus through CAHSS PAT. INNOVATE Teaching Certificate.

Resources for Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty at UMBC

Part-time/Adjunct Policy at UMBC
This policy establishes baseline standards for the institutions of the University System of Maryland (USM) related to search processes, appointments, contracts, and conditions of employment for adjunct faculty. The goal of the policy is to assure a high quality of instruction by individuals with appropriate credentials and experience and to provide a set of policies that will lead to continuous improvement in the status of adjunct faculty in all USM institutions.

For a complete description of the policy, please see Section 5.5 in the UMBC Faculty Handbook found at

New Part-time Faculty Orientation
Twice each year, in August and January, new part-time faculty are invited to an evening dinner and orientation hosted by the Faculty Development Center. The dinner provides an opportunity for you to meet other new faculty at the University. After dinner, representatives from Human Resources, the Albin O. Kuhn Library, the Registrar’s Office, and the Division of Information Technology provide you with timely information for beginning your work at UMBC.

Topics addressed include:

  • Administrative issues such as payroll, campus ID, parking, and recreation privileges
  • Library services available to faculty including e-reserves, interlibrary loan, and class support
  • Technology services such as general computing support, the Student Administration (SA) system, media equipment in classrooms, and the Blackboard course management system

Teaching support available such as consultations, observations, and resources for promoting academic integrity Teaching Resources at UMBC All of the resources of the Faculty Development Center (FDC) are available to you as a faculty member at UMBC. The Director of the Faculty Development Center consults with faculty on any teaching issue, from designing courses to active learning methods to the assessment of students. The Center works with faculty across disciplines and has resources available on effective teaching approaches, evaluation and improvement strategies, and methods of working productively with students. You may also request that the Center Director observe your class and offer feedback. Gathering feedback from students during the course is an excellent way to establish rapport with a class and address any issues students have before they become a problem on the end-of-semester evaluations. Consider asking the FDC to help you with this process by conducting a mid-semester student small group evaluation. The evaluation takes approximately twenty minutes at the beginning of a class period of your choosing. The FDC maintains a website with a number of resources readily available to you at As you seek to develop and improve your teaching, you may wish to check the list of short research-based tip-sheets on various teaching issues found on the Teaching and Learning Topics page of the website. Additional ideas for addressing certain teaching challenges may be found under Other Resources at the Solve a Teaching Problem page, a databank developed by the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon. The Faculty Resources page of the FDC website gives a complete list of the teaching resources and services available to you through the FDC at UMBC. Connecting with Other Teachers at UMBC The FDC sponsors a number of workshops on teaching topics throughout the year. These workshops provide an informal, collegial setting to discuss the latest research on learning and effective teaching strategies with faculty across disciplines. Please check the FDC website for a complete list of the programs throughout the year. The FDC listserv,, provides you with a quick, easy way to request resources and share ideas about teaching with your colleagues as well as the FDC Director. The Director also uses this venue as a way to share news about opportunities such as workshops and provide timely suggestions for teaching effectively and efficiently. All new part-time faculty are added to this listserv, but if you do not receive this information and would like to, please contact the Center at or by calling 5-1829. Other Professional Development Opportunities The University departments and colleges sponsor a number of lectures open to all faculty at the University. For example, the Social Sciences Forum ( and the Humanities Forum (, the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series ( and the ADVANCE Distinguished Speaker Series ( provide a series of lectures each semester of interest to a broad range of disciplines. Check with your department administrator for information on lectures and seminars of special interest in your field. For the full range of opportunities, visit the Events web page found at