Faculty Guide - Department of Social Sciences
A Guide to Teaching and Expectations in the KVCC Department of Social Sciences

SPRING 2016 EDITION


Welcome to teaching in the Department of Social Sciences at Kennebec Valley Community College!

These online documents have been created to serve as a guide to the expectations we have for your performance. These are mostly SUGGESTIVE ideas, but there are instances in which they are PRESCRIPTIVE (required). Click on the links below to review the different sections.

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Faculty Job Description and Evaluation

These pages provide links to the Faculty Job Description and include the Department's procedures for evaluating Faculty performance each semester. You will find a link to an MS Excel file that is used for this purpose.

In addition to understanding the Job Description and Evaluation process, each semester you have to submit an "Availability Form" that outlines your available hours and courses. Complete this course and email it to the Department Chair when the schedule for the coming semester is released.

Click HERE to download the MS Word version of this document.
Click HERE to download the PDF version of this document.


Faculty Orientation

These pages describe basic policies and practices at KVCC. In addition, you will find links to tutorials on how to use the Portal and Blackboard. (This particular document is not part of this "Faculty Guidance" so you will need to use the "back" button to return to this index page.)


Blackboard Standardization

The Department is currently standardizing the use of Blackboard in all classes. Each course in the Department is required to have a Blackboard course website. Visit these pages to learn about this initiative.


Essential Learning Outcomes

The Department has mapped Essential Learning Outcome evaluation into nearly every course. These outcome are measured through standard assignments that have been included in the Blackboard shell for your course. Visit these pages to learn more about this initiative.


m-Learning Initiative

We are initiating a 1:1 iPad program where every studentin the Mental Health program will need to have an iPad. We have built content and expectations into the curriculum and we are expecting some great outcomes!


Expectations for Teaching Online

In these pages you will find the Department-specific expectations for teaching online. Please be sure to view these pages to understand these expectations.


Bio Pages

Another initiative going on this Fall is the creation of official Bio Pages for each of you. Clicking on the link above will bring you to a page that has each of the bios on it. My goal is that every Faculty and staff will complete one of these by the end of the semester. You can then insert these links into your courses in the Course Information section.