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Teaching in the School of Teaching &

Learning: A Handbook for Graduate

Teaching Assistants and Adjunct Faculty


2008-2009
Academic Year
UF UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
College of Education
School of Teaching and Learning










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Greetings from the School of Teaching & Learning Leadership Team
UF/STL Instructional Policies & Guidelines
Mission of STL
Syllabus
College of Education Unit Assessment System (UAS)
Office Hours
Academic Honesty
Plagiarism
Attendance
Religious Holidays
Student Illness
Twelve-Day Rule
Reading Days
Examination Policies
Final Week of Class Activities
Grades and Grading Policies
Posting of Student Grades
Student Work
Student Assessment of Courses & Instructors
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Textbook Adoptions
Fingerprinting Policy
Downloading Class Roster
Semester Checklist
Instructional Resources Available to STL Graduate Teaching Assistants and Adjuncts
Obtaining Digital (Computers) and Traditional Media
Using the Computers in the Classrooms
Reserving a CIRCA Lab
University Teacher-Scholar Development
University Libraries
Office of Academic Technology
Anti-plagiarism Software
Testing and Evaluation
Teaching Center
Resources for STL Graduate Teaching Assistants and Adjuncts
Mail
Computer
STL Copier
Voice Mail
Room Conflicts/Changes
Room Keys
Email and UF Directory
Maintenance
Supplies
Textbooks
After Hour Safety Concerns
Contact Information


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UFp |UNIVERSITY of

UF FLORIDA
College of Education 2403 Norman Hall
School of Teaching and Learning PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048
352-392-9191
352-392-9193 Fax
http: / /education.ufl.edu/ school

Dear ST&L Graduate Assistant or Adjunct,

It is our pleasure to have you as part of the staff in the School of Teaching & Learning.
Your role in the School of Teaching & Learning is vital to the excellence of our teaching
and research program. The Leadership Team and faculty of the School of Teaching &
Learning recognize how valuable you are in helping us accomplish our mission of
preparing excellent educators. You play a significant part in the educational process of
preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and children in Florida and across the nation.
We thank you for your diligence and dedication to providing excellence in the service
you provide to the School of Teaching & Learning.

A great aspect of teaching is the continuation of learning for the teacher. It is our desire
that your teaching experience in the School of Teaching & Learning will be a mutually
beneficial experience for you and your students. As you share your knowledge and
understanding with your students and create rich and meaningful learning environments
for students, we hope you will learn about teaching in higher education, research, and
working at a research I university. We are all constantly learning as we teach, research,
and work together with students and educators at all levels. We look forward to working
with you in these endeavors.

Again, we thank you for your commitment to the School of Teaching & Learning. If there
are ways to assist you and your supervising faculty member to provide an even better
learning experience for you and your students, please let us know. Best wishes for a
successful semester!


Sincerely,



The School of Teaching & Learning Leadership Team
Dr. Elizabeth Bondy, Director
Dr. Colleen Swain, Associate Director
Dr. Sharen Halsall, Associate Director


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STL Graduate Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Guidelines


Mission of STL: The mission of the School of Teaching & Learning is to prepare exemplary
teachers, researchers, and teacher educators who are committed to improving
schooling for all students. As teachers and scholars, we generate, apply, and disseminate
knowledge about teaching and learning at all levels of school, collaborate with
colleagues in the profession who are attempting to solve problems in education, and
ultimately help diverse learners children, adolescents, and adults become
participating citizens in the global community of the 21st century.

Syllabus: Your syllabus is your legal contract with students. The syllabus for a course is a
written record of your plan for the organization and management of the course, and
your expectations of the students.

To facilitate clear communication about course requirements between students and
faculty, the University of Florida has adopted this policy requiring departments and
faculty to publish for each course a syllabus containing specific information about the
structure of the course. Required elements include:

1. course title, instructor's contact information including office location and
telephone number; TA contact information if applicable
2. office hours for the instructor during which students may meet with the instructor
(minimum of 2 hours per week)
3. course objectives and/or goals
4. a topical outline (at least tentative) of subjects to be covered with critical dates
listed
5. methods by which students will be evaluated and their grade determined
6. policy related to class attendance, tardiness
7. policy related to make-up exams or other work
8. a statement related to accommodations for students with disabilities such as:
"Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean
of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the
student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when
requesting accommodation."
9. critical dates for exams or other work
10. class demeanor expected by the professor (late to class, cell phones, etc)
11. the university's honesty policy regarding academic honest AND plagiarism.
Please see page 6 of this handbook for sample wording.
12. EAS statement if appropriate (see page 5 of this handbook)

Per UF Policy, all STL faculty, TAs, and adjuncts are required to submit electronic copies of
course syllabi to Ms. Chris Barnes in 2403 Norman Hall (cbarnes@coe.ufl.edu) by the end
of the first week of classes to document compliance of this policy.

College of Education Educator Assessment System (EAS)
For required courses in the UF initial teacher preparation program, instructors must
complete the Educator Assessment System for each course. Implemented in 2004, the
Educator Assessment System (EAS) allows tracking of teacher-candidate performance
on each of Florida's Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs)
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programs demonstrate their mastery of the FEAPs by completing a series of key tasks at a
specified pre-professional level of competency.

The EAS has been designed to help meet standards, required by the state of Florida's
Department of Education (http://www.firn.edu/doe/dpe/publications.asp) and the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NCATE,
(http://www.ncate.org). The system is administered for the university by the College of
Education. The URL for the EAS is http://www2.coe.ufl.edu/eas/

You must have an active Gatorlink account (http://catorlink.ufl.edu) in order to access
the EAS system. For technical questions, please contact Elayne Colon at
epcolon@coe.ufl.edu. For content or procedural questions, contact your faculty
supervisor.

EAS Information for Syllabus
Ask your faculty course leader whether the course you are teaching is in the EAS system.
If you teach a course in the EAS system, you must include this in your syllabus. Sample
language for your syllabus might be:

The State of Florida requires all entry-level educators to master the knowledge,
skills and dispositions of 12 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). In this course
we cover a number of these APs and we will pay particular attention to your mastery of
those practices that are assessed by indicators as listed below.
Your mastery of each indicator will be measured by your work on a Key Task. To
pass this course you must successfully complete all these tasks and receive a rating of
either "Met" or "Met with Weakness." No exceptions will be made to this rule, even if you
do not plan to teach after graduation.
Students who receive a "Not Met" rating will be offered a chance to redo the
Key Task or, in some cases, to complete a comparable task assigned by the instructor.
Students who do not complete their makeup work satisfactorily (with a" Met-with-
Weakness" or higher rating) will receive either a grade of incomplete or a failing grade.
Students who fail the course must repeat it later.

The option of students earning a grade of incomplete or a failing grade is at the
discretion of your supervising faculty member. Please contact him/her to determine the
appropriate action and reflect this in your syllabus.

Office Hours: The University recognizes that an essential component of the advancement
of knowledge is contact between students and their instructors outside the periods in
which formal instruction is presented through lectures, discussions, etc. As a
consequence, the University has adopted a general policy that the instructors of every
class will have scheduled office hours each week as follows:

Each instructor will be responsible for designating a minimum of 2 hours per week
as office hours when he or she will be available to confer with students. These
office hours will be during regularly scheduled class days and announced to
students in class. Please check to make sure your hours do not conflict with other
cohort classes. You must schedule office hours when students can realistically
attend.
Each instructor will be responsible for (1) providing information on his or her office
hours by notifying students in his or her classes, (2) posting a schedule of the office
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periods. If an instructor must be absent from a regularly scheduled office hours
the absence will be announced, in advance if possible, and disseminated to
students though options such as posting on the instructor's door, via email,
discussion boards, or synchronous chats.
Upon request by a student, instructors will be responsible for scheduling special
appointment times outside of their designated office hours at mutually
satisfactory times when it is not possible for a student to confer with an instructor
during the designated office periods.

Academic Honesty: Students are required to be honest in all of their university class work.
Instructors have a duty to promote ethical behavior and avoid practices and
environments that foster cheating. Instructors should encourage students to bring
incidents of dishonesty to their attention. Instructors, in certain circumstances, can resolve
an academic dishonesty matter without a student disciplinary hearing. The procedures
and guidelines are available from the Director of Student Judicial Affairs.

In the fall of 1995, the UF student body enacted a new honor code and voluntarily
committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

The Honor Code: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold
ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. On all work
submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or
implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this
assignment."

Because we, as educators and future educators, are held to a higher ethical standard as
teachers, the School of Teaching & Learning takes infringements of academic honesty
very seriously. For the first violation of academic dishonesty in a course, the student will
receive a zero on that assignment and no opportunity for make up. If the student has an
additional violation in the course, the student will fail the course and meet with the
Director to establish a Performance Improvement Plan that will need to be completed
before the student can enroll in additional coursework.

The University of Florida also has a formal process for addressing issues associated with
academic dishonesty which you are also welcome to use. You can learn more about
this formal process at: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/judicial/academic.php

Plagiarism: Plagiarizing has become easier and more prevalent in today's educational
systems. Recent events indicate this is a problem at all levels of the educational system-
in K-12 and in higher education. The University of Florida Academic Honesty policy
covers plagiarism. In STL, we want to emphasize this policy to ensure students are aware
of what plagiarism is and steps to take in avoiding plagiarism. Merriam-Webster's Online
Dictionary states that to plagiarize is:
transitive senses : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of
another) as one's own : use (another's production) without
crediting the source
intransitive senses : to commit literary theft: present as new and
original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Examples of plagiarism/academic dishonesty include:
Using words, sentences, ideas, and/or organization from a source (book,
webpage, etc.) without providing the proper citation


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Submitting the same paper for multiple classes
Submitting an assignment obtained from commercial firms, websites, fraternity or
sorority files, or any other group or individual.

Often education students believe they can use materials that are not their own by
claiming their actions are protected by the Fair Use section of the Copyright Laws. This is
often not the case. All materials put in a tangible form after January 1, 1978 are
copyrighted. A work does not need the copyright symbol to be copyrighted. In the
1976 Copyright Act, educators have been given fair use guidelines. In order to be able
to claim fair use, you must meet all four of the following factors:
1. Purpose of the use is for nonprofit educational reasons
2. The nature of the work and spontaneity
3. Amount and substance of the work
4. Financial impact on the market

Additional information about Copyright can be found at the Copyright Office
(http://www.copyright.gov/), Stanford University Fair Use website
(http://fairuse.stanford.edu), and the University of Texas at Austin
(http://www.utsvstem.edu/oqc/intellectualproperty/cprtindx.htm).

The University of Florida Library system has a website for students about plagiarism
(http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/msl/subjects/Phvsics/StudentPlaciarism.html).

Instructors may want to take advantage of the University's Turnltln system to check
student papers for plagiarized content (https://lss.at.ufl.edu/). Look for Turnltln in the left
navigation bar.

Attendance: Instructors set the specific attendance policies for their courses in consultation
with a supervising faculty member. Students enrolled in a course are responsible for
satisfying all academic objectives as defined by the instructor.

Students may not attend a class unless they are officially registered or approved to audit
with evidence of having paid audit fees. Students who do not attend at least one of the
first two class meetings of a course or laboratory in which they are registered, and who
have not contacted the department to indicate their intent, may be dropped from the
course. However, students should not assume they have been dropped from a course if
they fail to attend the first few days of class.

Religious Holidays: The University calendar does not include observance of any religious
holidays. The Florida Board of Governors and state law govern university policy regarding
observance of religious holidays. Students shall be excused from class or other scheduled
academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith with prior notification to
the instructor. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the
material or activities covered in their absence. Students shall not be penalized due to
absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious
observances.

Student Illness: Students who are absent from classes or examinations because of illness
should contact their instructors. The Student Health Care Center (SHCC) can provide a
medical excuse note only if their providers are involved in the medical care of a student
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who has a medical reason that results in fewer than three days of absence from class
should talk with his/her professor rather than ask for an excuse note from the SHCC. If a
professor subsequently requires a note for a medical absence of fewer than three days,
then the professor must provide the SHCC with a written request on UF departmental
letterhead. Please check with your course leader for a preferred absence policy.

Twelve-Day Rule: Students who participate in athletic or extracurricular activities are
permitted to be absent 12 regular class days per semester without penalty. This rule
applies to individual students participating on an athletic or scholastic team. It is the
student's responsibility to maintain satisfactory academic performance and attendance.

For more information on policies regarding student athletes, consult UF Rule 6C1-7.058
(pdf), and/or the Office of Student Life, a part of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Reading Days: The two days before the start of examinations in the fall and spring
semesters (generally a Thursday and Friday) are designated reading days. No classes,
class project presentations, or exams are to be held on these days.

Examination Policies: During the academic term examinations may be held during the
regular class time or evening assembly exams may be arranged for Monday-Friday from
8:20-10:10 p.m. (periods E2-E3) for the fall and spring terms and Monday-Friday from 7:00-
9:25 (periods E1-E2) for the summer terms. If other classes are scheduled during an exam
time, instructors must provide make-up class work for students who miss class because of
an assembly exam.

Final examinations are determined by course meeting times except for certain large
courses. Final examination times are published in the Schedule of Courses. No student is
required to take more than three final exams in one day. If two exams are scheduled at
the same time, assembly exams take priority over time-of-class exams. When two
assembly exams or two time-of-class exams conflict, the course with the higher number
will take priority.

Final Week of Class Activities: No final or comprehensive examinations, projects or term
papers are to be scheduled or assigned during the final week of class including reading
days. Written papers and/or oral presentations and periodic testing announced in the
course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the term may be collected or presented,
provided they do not serve as a final examination. Weekly or daily tests, if scheduled in
the syllabus, are permitted; hourly or major exams are not. Take-home assignments
assigned as final examinations can be due no earlier than the regularly scheduled final
examination.

Grades and Grading Policies: Instructors are responsible for setting the grading scale in their
courses. There is no standard grading scale at UF. Passing grades are A, B+, B, C+, C, D+,
D and S. Failing grades are E and U. When giving a grade of E, you must select the option
of whether the student attended the class or simply failed the course. Instructors submit
grades to the Office of the University Registrar at the end of the semester using the
Grade-A-Gator system. This feature is accessed from the Admin menu on the myUFL
Homepage (Quick Links) and requires Gatorlink ID (http://cqatorlink.ufl.edu) and password
for access. If you have difficulty entering grades using Grade-A-Gator, please contact
Ms. Chris Barnes in 2403 Norman. Do NOT be late in submitting your grades. This causes a
great deal of problems for your faculty advisor and the student. Due to decrease


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number of staff, Ms. Barnes will not be entering in grades for instructors. You must enter in
your own grades.

An incomplete grade (I) may be assigned at the discretion of the supervising faculty
member as an interim grade for a course in which a student has completed the major
portion of the course with a passing grade, but is unable to complete course
requirements before the end of the term because of extenuating circumstances. (This
does not mean the student did not have time to finish all of the assignments.) Instructors
are not required to assign incomplete grades. The instructor and student determine an
appropriate plan and deadline for completing the course. It is suggested that these
arrangements be documented in writing with copies for both the student and instructor.
If completion of the course requirements requires classroom or laboratory attendance in
a subsequent term, the student should not register for the course again; instead the
student must audit the course and pay course fees. When all course requirements have
been completed, the instructor will submit a change of grade to the Office of the
University Registrar. An 'I' grade should not be assigned to a student who never attended
class; instead instructors may assign a failing grade or no grade at all. Grades of 'I' carry
no quality points and become punitive after one term.

Grade changes will be accepted and processed by the Office of the University Registrar
(OUR) for a period of one calendar year after the term in which the course was
attempted. This policy does not apply to grades of 'I' or '1*', which designate a grade of
incomplete. Any grade changes submitted after the deadline must be accompanied by
additional supporting information or documentation justifying the extension and
submitted to the appropriate college dean. If the dean approves the exception, he or
she will forward it to the OUR for processing. Note: If you are a TA, your supervising
faculty member must complete the change of grade form.

Posting of Students' Grades: Public posting of student grades using complete social security
numbers or university student identification numbers (e.g., the UF ID number), or any
portion thereof, violates the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Consequently,
faculty should not post student grades in this manner.

For the purpose of posting grades, faculty may assign, or allow students to choose, a
unique and confidential identifier (e.g., a 4-digit number) and then post grades using
that number provided that the posted list is not in alphabetical order. Alternatively,
faculty may institute a web-based system that allows students to look-up grades. The
system should be secured by Gatorlink username and password. This function is available
in the WebCT and Moodle course management systems.

Student Work: Students may drop off printed assignments in your mailbox by seeing Ms.
Barnes in 2403. Instructors may not leave students work in boxes outside office doors for
student pick up. Ms. Barnes can hold assignments for pick up by students for one week
maximum. After one week, assignments will be returned to the instructor.

Student Assessment of Courses and Instructors: The State University System Student Assessment
of Instruction (SUSSAI) was implemented in 1995. Its purpose is to provide for student
assessment of instruction based on eight criteria common to all SUS institutions. Forms are
provided through departmental offices for all scheduled undergraduate and graduate
courses. Course evaluations should be done during the last two weeks of the semester. A
designee of the instructor (either a student in the course or another instructor) must pick
up, administer, and return the evaluations to Ms. Chris Barnes. Summary results of these


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assessments are available online. Forms and summary results for the faculty, department,
and college are distributed to the faculty through their departments. Results of course
and instructor evaluations are used as part of individual faculty evaluations and in
consideration for tenure and promotion.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Support services for students with disabilities are
coordinated by the Disability Resource Center in the Dean of Students Office. All support
services provided for University of Florida students are individualized to meet the needs of
students with disabilities. To obtain individual support services, each student must meet
with one of the support coordinators in the Disability Resources Program and
collaboratively develop appropriate support strategies. Appropriate documentation
regarding the student's disability is necessary to obtain any reasonable accommodation
or support service.

Textbook Adoptions: According to UF policy, textbook adoptions must be submitted online
(http://www.textadoption.ufl.edu). As required by Florida state law, faculty and all
teaching staff are required to submit course adoption information to the UF Textbook
Adoption system at least 30 days before the start of the term. Documentation must be
provided even if no textbooks are adopted. This enables students to know about
required materials and have an opportunity to purchase them at reasonable rates and
that books are available to students before classes begin. Adjuncts and teaching
assistants may need the lead faculty to submit adoptions.

Fingerprinting Policy: There is a state requirement for all educator preparation program
students engaged in field experiences or internships to be fingerprinted for the purposes
of completing a Level 2 background check. This policy requires that the background
check with a school district be completed prior to working with students in PreK-12 school
settings effective Fall 2004.

Florida state law mandates the requirements and the school district must comply. The
College of Education Student Services Office in Norman G416 has a pdf document
which supplies information about the fingerprinting requirement and instructions for the
process (Background Check Requirements.pdf). The cost for the fingerprinting
services/background check is $57.25. Students will be required to pay this fee prior to
fingerprinting. STL also has instructions available to students at
http://education.ufl.edu/school/Programs/TEInfo/fingerprints.html

Downloading Class Rosters: To download your class roster, go to your my.ufl.edu account
(http://mv.ufl.edu). Under the Quick Links section, you'll see Admin Menu. Click on that
and after your credentials are verified, you will have an area titled Managing Class Rolls.
You have the option to download your class roll as well as create a listserv for your class.

Semester Checklist: This checklist will help you keep track of all the tasks required of you
as a course instructor. Please pay close attention to the timeline given for each so you
will not be late.

At least 30 days before the term begins:
[ Submit textbooks (documentation required even if no textbooks are required) at
http://www.textadoption.ufl.edu


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By the end of the first week of class:
] Submit copy of syllabus to Ms. Chris Barnes (cbarnes@coe.ufl.edu)
F Submit office hours to Ms. Chris Barnes (cbarnes@coe.ufl.edu)
F Post office hours on your door

At midterm:
F Seek feedback from students on the effectiveness of your teaching. Please share
these findings with your supervising faculty member so any adjustments that need
to be made can be. We want you and your students to have a very successful
experience.

Throughout the semester:
F Record students' key tasks in Educator Assessment System (EAS) as appropriate

During the last two weeks:
F Administer Teacher Evaluations

During the last week & finals:
F Final update on the Educator Assessment System
F Enter and submit grades in Grade-A-Gator prior to the deadline. Do NOT be late
in entering your grades.

Instructional Resources Available to STL Graduate Teaching Assistants and Adjuncts

Computers and Media Check-out: You have access to checkout various types of digital
equipment (laptop carts, digital cameras, as well as traditional media for course
activities. You can request materials online by going to
http://education.ufl.edu/support/. In the section "Categorize Request" select Equipment
Checkout.

Using the Computers in Classrooms: To use the computers in the classrooms, enter your
gatorlink username and password. If you have trouble operating any of the equipment,
please feel free to ask for help. Ask your supervising faculty member for assistance in
using the equipment in your classroom.

TIP: Bring your materials (i.e.: Powerpoint presentations, video clips, etc.) on a USB drive
for easy transfer to the computer in the classrooms.

Reserving a CIRCA Lab: You can reserve a CIRCA lab (the University computer labs) by
pointing your web browser to http://classrooms.circa.ufl.edu/classres.html

University Teacher-Scholar Development
The University of Florida is committed to helping all instructors develop as teacher-
scholars. Information about services provided by the Office for Faculty Development
can be found at http://www.aa.ufl.edu/aa/facdev/develop/index.shtml.

University Libraries: The Education Library provides many services to instructional
personnel. You can put materials on reserve for your coursess, have special
presentations to your class from College of Education library personnel, and more. The
College of Education Library has an excellent and helpful website


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(http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/educ/) along with the main UF Library website
(http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/).

UF Office of Academic Technology
The Office of Academic Technology (AT) provides resources, technical assistance, and
equipment to assist the University of Florida faculty, staff and students. The three general
divisions of AT include support for media services, instructional technology and
teaching/learning. (http://home.at.ufl.edu)

Testing and Evaluation
The Testing and Evaluation Department of the Office of Academic Technology provides
services in the following areas: machine scanning and scoring of response documents
(e.g., scantron forms used for exams), development of customized scan documents, and
a computer-based course gradebook service. The Testing and Evaluation Department
also administers placement tests and standardized tests.

Teaching Center
The Teaching Center, located in Broward Hall, provides tutoring services, review sessions,
practice tests, and testing services to students. In addition, it provides information,
training, and resources for Teaching Assistants. Additional information is available at
http://www.teachinqcenter.ufl.edu/

Resources for STL Graduate Teaching Assistants and Adjuncts

Mail: Mailboxes for all teaching assistants and adjuncts are located in Norman 2423. It is
important that you check your box on a daily (or at a minimum weekly) basis. Our
mailing address is: 2423 Norman Hall, PO Box 117048, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
32611-7048. The main office phone number is (352) 392-9191 then press 0 for the operator.

Computer: To report computer problems, you enter your request into the College of
Education Technical Support Database located at http://education.ufl.edu/support/. If
you are unable to access this site, please ask an STL staff member do this for you.

STL Copiers: Due to our extreme budget crisis and as the University of Florida strives to be
to be more environmentally aware, the STL Copiers are to be used for very limited copies.
Please limit photocopying to the most essential items. The photocopier in 2403 is capable
of creating a pdf document. The office staff can assist you in creating a pdf of materials
you wish to distribute to your students via email. We encourage you to send students a
pdf of materials, post to website, email attachments to students, etc.

In very rare cases, you might have a large print job (more than 250 copies). These jobs
should be sent to Target Copy. Please ask Ms. Chris Barnes in Norman 2403 to help you
get a course pack to Target Copy for purchase by students. You should plan in advance
for your photocopying (2 days or more) to give the student assistants or Target Copy time
to get your job completed. Large jobs require the approval of the STL Director.

Voice Mail: For offices with working telephone, the telephone has voice mail capabilities.
You (and your office mates if applicable) should check this on a daily basis. To reset the
voice mail, please contact Ms. Michelle Harden at x 200. To access your voice mail, press
the feature button and then the keys 981 and follow the instructions on your telephone.


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Classroom Conflicts/Changes: We try to avoid classroom conflicts and changes. However, if
this does happen, please contact your supervising faculty member first. Then, it is very
important that Ms. Chris Barnes in 2403 be informed of the problem. Do not change
rooms without having the STL staff and/or administrators approve the change.

Room Keys: You can obtain a key to your office from Ms. Donna Rivera in 2423 Norman
Hall. For many of the classrooms, we are not provided keys. You can get a master key to
open your classroom from Ms. Chris Barnes in 2403. This key must then be returned so
others can access their classrooms.

Email and UF Directory: The UF Directory is the sole source of contact information for all UF
faculty, students, staff, and affiliates. The information stored in the Directory feeds directly
into myUFL, the on-line phonebook, and other campus-wide systems.

Are your address, phone number and email incorrect or missing? On the MyUFL
webpage (http://my.ufl.edu), under "My Account," click on "Update My Directory Profile."
Use the orange headers and blue-left hand menu to navigate. Make sure you have a
correct Local Home Mailing Address, Permanent Home Mailing Address, UF Business
Mailing Address and UF Business Physical Location Address -- including the appropriate
county (which impacts your taxes, HMO options and worker's compensation). Read the
Directory FAQ and learn why it is important to keep each of these addresses up to date
and accurate.

Per UF policy, email is sent only to .ufl.edu email addresses. Please make sure you report
your correct UF email address to the STL staff and enter this in you're my.ufl.edu account.
(Under My Account, select the Modify My UF Business Email option.)

Maintenance: If maintenance is needed in your office or classroom, relay this request to
Ms. Michelle Harden in 2423 Norman Hall.

Supplies: The STL main office has many supplies needed in the process of teaching
classes. Please see Ms. Chris Barnes in 2403 Norman Hall for supplies.

Textbooks: You should get a copy of your required textbook(s) from your faculty member.
If he or she does not have a copy available, please contact Ms. Chris Barnes for
assistance in getting an instructor's copy of the text for your course.

After Hour Safety Concerns: Your safety is very important to us. If/when you are working or
teaching after standard office hours, please use caution. Please do NOT prop open
doors. If you unlock a door, please make sure it is securely locked when you leave. For
night escorts on campus, SNAP (392-SNAP), is available. If you ever feel you are in
danger or there is a problem, please call the UF Police at 392-1111. For emergencies, call
911.

Please lock classroom doors after the last class of the evening.


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Contact Information:
Name

Chris Barnes
Michelle Harden
Donna Rivera
Dr. Bondy
Dr. Halsall
Dr. Swain


Office

2403
2423-B
2423-C
2423-D
2403-D
2403-B


Extension Email Address


400
200
221
200
200
264 or 800


cbarnes@coe.ufl.edu
mharden@coe.ufl.edu
drivera@coe.ufl.edu
bondy@coe.ufl.edu
swhalsall@coe.ufl.edu
cswain@coe.ufl.edu


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