Instructors who are either new to teaching or just new to Montclair are encouraged to attend Teaching at Montclair 101, a frequently offered workshop designed to provide essential information and useful tips to make the transition to Montclair manageable and successful. If you cannot attend, you can view a recording (netID required) of the presentation and review this website as a start.
Navigating Montclair State University
- First stop for student issues and practical problems: your department chair and support staff
- Second stop: College/School dean’s office staff
- College of the Arts (CART): Morehead 225, x5104
- School of Communication and Media (SCM): Morehead 103, x3261
- Cali School of Music (CALI): Chapin 148, x7028
- College of Education and Human Services (CEHS): University Hall 3132
- College of Humanities and Social Services (CHSS): Dickson Hall 401, x 7827
- College of Science and Math (CSAM): CELS 206, x5108
- Feliciano School of Business (SBUS): Feliciano 290, x4304
- School of Nursing (NURS): Nursing 315, x3174
- NEST: the University portal for everything official you need to do
- COVID-19 Information: Everything in one place
- 25Live: the University events portal to find out what is in your classroom and even see what the room looks like. Simply navigate to the link and select “locations” and then type in your building and room. Note: Feliciano is coded as SBUS.
- Human Resources – New Employees – The information and resources.
- Campus Map – Here you can find a copy of MSU’s campus map. There is also a list of helpful links and building names.
- Getting your ID Card – Here you will find information on how to obtain your ID card, how to get a replacement ID card, and what access your ID card provides.
- IT Quick Start Guide – Here you will find information on claiming your NetID, setting up email, and WiFi.
- Zoom Account -Here you will find information about claiming your Zoom account.
- Practical Details- Here you will find the information you need as an instructor and an employee, including parking and payroll.
Preparing to Teach
Try a step-by-step guide to developing a clear and directive syllabus following the Montclair Syllabus Template. The template mirrors the empty but formatted syllabus you will find in your Canvas course.
Use of Canvas is required: this includes a comprehensive syllabus, providing a schedule, information on course content, regular use of the Announcement function, and full use of Assignments and Gradebooks. See Canvas Universal Guidelines for more information.
Check out Reserves information from the University Library for electronic resources and ways to make print and other materials available on reserves.
Get comfortable (enough) with Canvas: through the self-paced faculty orientation to Canvas or by consultation with an instructional technology specialist.
Consider a pre-semester survey that provides students with essential course and modality information and gives you some basic understanding of who your students are. A model survey is also on Canvas Commons (links require Canvas log-in).
- Canvas Page Add-Ins to Course.[Confused by Canvas Commons? See this short video].
- Montclair Zoom Etiquette — Let’s raise the expectations together, across the University ( See also these funny student-produced videos that you can show in your classes that underscore the point.
- Nuts and Bolts of Research — Catherine Baird, Sprague Library. Through videos and slideshows, this module introduces students to the basics of finding library materials, searching, and reading citations. Log into Canvas, choose Commons on the far left-nav, and search for “Nuts and Bolts of Research” for a module you can import into your Canvas course.
- How to Read Journal Articles/Scientific Papers — Catherine Baird, Sprague Library. A short module that includes a video, reading, and discussion. Log into Canvas, choose Commons on the far left-nav, and search for “Nuts and Bolts of Research” for a module you can import into your Canvas course.
Students in Need: Connecting to Campus Partners for the academic, social, psychological, and practical resources and referrals instructors need to know.
Teaching FAQs, revised every semester, these are the questions we anticipate you have yet to receive answers on.