Teaching Cornerstones and Foundations

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These resources will help you get started teaching at UAA. We recommend that faculty review the syllabus guide every semester to make sure your policy language and university resources stay current.



  • Schedule of Classes: This site lists the official location and meeting times for your courses, as well as the enrollment
  • UAOnline: Log in to see your class rosters and student information, as well as to submit midterm and final student grades
  • Course Inventory Management (CIM): Review the UAA-approved course description (formerly course content guide, or CCG) and official student learning outcomes for your courses
  • Dates and Deadlines (UAA Registrar)
  • Final Exam Schedule (UAA Registrar): Final grades are usually due within three days of the exam period ending
  • Instructor Help for UAA's learning management system, Blackboard

New Faculty Orientation Resources

Please review the New Faculty Resources page for information to help you get started with UAA teaching, research, and career path-specific information for adjuncts and tenure-track professors. In addition, we offer several programs each year to help new instructors find their path at UAA:

Syllabus Guide

Please review the Syllabus Guide for information on what we recommend including in your syllabus and how to use it effectively.

The UAA Catalog states that "Students should receive a syllabus at the beginning of each course that describes the course content, policies within the course, procedures that govern the delivery of the course, the learning outcomes and the grading system used." Share your syllabus with students before or at the first class meeting and post it online in Blackboard. Be sure to include the student learning outcomes from the official course description.  

Selecting and Assigning Course Materials

Our Course Materials page provides a variety of resources for researching, selecting, and adopting textbooks and other materials for your course. Textbook adoptions are due the semester before the course is taught so students can see costs when they register. Main campus instructors, please check UAA’s online bookstore for information on this process. If you teach for a community campus, please work with its bookstore.

Semester Cycle

Visit our Semester Cycle for Instructors page to see common steps and checklists for each teaching stage.


Faculty Development & Instructional Support 
Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Academic Innovations & eLearning, and Center for Community Engagement and Learning 
Library 213 • 907-786-4496  uaa_cafe@alaska.edu  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.