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Adjunct Processes

The tabs below open to reveal processes that SPCS adjuncts faculty members will need to complete, either as a one-time procedure (like Onboarding) or as a regular procedure (like Preparing to Teach and End of Term processes).

If you have questions about these processes, please direct them as follows:

  • For on-boarding, contact the Assistant to the Dean or the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs.
  • For start-of-term and end-of-term processes, contact your program manager or assistant chair.
  • For other processes, contact the individuals or offices named in the list.

As part of your onboarding process, or throughout your employment as an adjunct, you may wish to become a Safe Zone Ally to support LGBTQ members of the Richmond community.

And if you are interested in additional employment opportunities at Richmond, visit SPCS job postings or the HR online jobs site.

New Adjunct Onboarding
Activate Your Network Account

Visit the Accounts and Passwords page on the Information Services website and select “Activate account.” You’ll have an opportunity to create a new account using your 8-digit UR ID and your date of birth.

Your network account will assign you a NetID and 16-character password, which you’ll use to set up your email account, BannerWeb access, and Blackboard access.

Activate Duo Security for Off-campus BannerWeb & VPN Access

To protect campus networks, two-factor authentication (2FA) is required to access BannerWeb and the campus VPN (virtual private network) from off-campus locations. The University uses Duo Security enrolled on a mobile device or hardware token.

If you do not own a mobile device (smartphone or tablet), or if your mobile device cannot be upgraded to accommodate installation of Duo Security, contact your program chair or assistant chair. A hardware token can be used in place of a mobile device, but you must request the token through your program chair or assistant chair.

Visit the Duo Security page for instructions to enroll a mobile device in Duo Security along with instructions for accessing BannerWeb and VPN using 2FA. The page includes FAQs that may be helpful. Contact the Help Desk with questions.

Set up Your Richmond Email Address

Students and administrators will contact you using your University of Richmond email address. FERPA guidelines for faculty and staff expect student messages to be sent from and to your email account.

As a faculty member, you will receive daily SpiderByte email updates targeting University faculty and staff, email messages from SPCS staff and faculty, and email messages from your students.

Ensure BannerWeb Contains Up-To-Date Information

Banner is the system of record for human resource management, instruction, grading, personal information, and emergency alerts. Be sure your information is accurate and up-to-date in BannerWeb.

Log into BannerWeb at, using your NetID and password, then select the “Personal Information” link. Here you may update your contact information and set up your emergency alert preferences. Plan and prepare for emergencies by providing multiple points of emergency contact.

Review Relevant Handbooks

Your employment as a member of the adjunct faculty requires adherence to University and SPCS standards and guidelines. These are outlined in the SPCS Faculty Handbook and supplemented by the SPCS Degree Program Catalog.

Additional resources that may offer guidelines relevant to your work include independent study guidelines, the Institutional Review Board, Human Resources, and educational benefits for adjuncts.

Review Guidelines for Preparedness

Visit to review guidelines for preparing for imclement weather and natural disasters. Be sure to review the Continuity of Instruction section for recommendations on instructional preparedness.

Review and Update Your Faculty Bio Page

When adjunct faculty members are hired, the SPCS web manager builds a standard faculty bio page using the individual’s NetID and details from the instructor’s CV. Faculty members are responsible for reviewing this information and requesting information as needed.

Visit and enter your name to find your bio page. Review the information, and if changes or updates are required, complete the Update Faculty/Staff Bio form. You may also use the instructions on this form to submit a headshot or request on be made at the next SPCS Faculty Meeting.

Preparing to Teach Each Semester
Schedule Your Class

For undergraduate and graduate classes in Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Liberal Arts, and Paralegal Studies, contact Beth Ann Howard to schedule classes each semester.

For undergraduate and graduate Education classes, contact the appropriate Assistant Chair to schedule classes each semester:

  • Teacher Licensure, Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development: Laura Kuti
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies: Kate Cassada

Once the schedule is released (generated 2-4 weeks prior to the start of registration), visit the SPCS and/or Registrar’s schedule page to confirm. Requests for changes should be routed through your program manager or assistant chair.

Submit Textbook Adoptions through the UR Bookstore

Submit your textbook adoption requests to the University of Richmond Bookstore. Even if you do not expect students to purchase texts through the UR Bookstore, submitting your textbook adoption is an efficient way to let students know the texts required for your class.

Need a desk copy of a text? Most publishers will allow you to request texts directly after validating your status as a member of the adjunct faculty. If this is not an option, you may request a desk copy by submitting a form to the assistant to the dean.

Complete Your Syllabus

Follow guidelines for required elements of a syllabus, then submit your syllabus to your chair, assistant chair (if applicable), and to the assistant to the dean. Syllabi should be submitted as required by the chair or by the first class meeting as applicable.

The following statements should be included in your syllabus. You are encouraged to include a list of Academic and Personal Support Services as well.

Disability Services

The University of Richmond strives to ensure that the campus is safe and accessible for everyone. If you need to request a disability accommodation, review guidelines online at

Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success:

Honor Code

Students are expected to adhere to the University of Richmond Honor Code at all times. All work submitted should be original, completed for this class and no other. It is plagiarism to include other people ideas or information without documenting the source, including textbooks, books, articles, even the Internet:

Religious Observances

The University of Richmond values and supports students’ religious observance. Students who will miss class or other academic assignments because of religious observance are responsible for completing missed work. Students should contact the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester to make arrangements. The full religious observance policy is online:

Set up a Blackboard Course Site

The University of Richmond uses Blackboard as its system-wide learning management system (LMS). A Blackboard course site will be set up for each degree program class at the University of Richmond. Once you activate your netID and are listed as instructor of record for the course, you’ll have access to your course site at

Need assistance with Blackboard? Contact the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) at

Although use of the LMS is not required, Blackboard offers useful tools for grade management, calculation, and display in addition to attendance, integrated communications with students, and more. Blackboard is also a key component of the Continuity of Instruction recommendations.

Sign Your Contract

SPCS Administrative and Technical Services personnel work with the scheduling director, program managers and assistant chairs to set up courses and distribute term-specific teaching contracts for adjuncts. Return signed contracts promptly to ensure on-time payment.

Fall and spring term payments are made in four equal installments. Summer term payments are made in two equal installment. Contact your program manager or assistant chair for questions about the contract terms, and contact Payroll for questions about payments.

Confirm Class Location and Roster in BannerWeb

Use BannerWeb to download your class roster and confirm the location prior to the start of the course. Visit and select the “Faculty & Advisors” link to access rosters and classroom locations.

End of Term Procedures
Schedule Course Exam

If applicable, be sure to schedule your final exam during the official exam period. Most SPCS classes (undergraduate and graduate) schedule exams during the same class time in the same room the week following the end of the term. Special situations like Weekend College, hybrid or online classes, and Summer term classes may follow a different schedule. Contact your assistant chair or program manager or coordinator for details.

Review the appropriate academic calendar for exam dates each term.

Submit Grades in BannerWeb

Submit final grades by the posted deadline. Be aware that prospective graduating students have an earlier grade submission deadline than non-graduating students. Review policies, guidelines and deadlines on the Registrar’s webpage.

Return Final Papers and Projects

Return final papers and projects with feedback to students, if feasible. Some faculty members prefer to leave papers in their mailboxes in the Special Programs Building or with the receptionist in North Court, Ryland Hall or the SPCS office.

Archive Grades, Attendance & Blackboard Course

It’s good practice to archive copies of your grades. You may download your grades from Blackboard as a CSV file, which you should retain. Similar guidelines apply to attendance records, especially when attendance issues result in grade reduction. You may also archive your entire Blackboard course for future reference and use.

Visit the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology for more information.

Additional Requirements & Expectations
Attend Faculty Meetings

The School schedules two faculty meetings annually: one at the start of the Spring term in January, and one at the start of the Fall term in August or early September. Invitations and reservation requests are sent out by the Assistant to the Dean.

Faculty meeting provide opportunities to hear a progress report from the Dean, to connect and network with colleagues, to engage in professional development opportunities, and to meet as program areas. Your attendance at faculty meetings helps reinforce the mission, values and culture of the School with our students.

Attend SPCS Night

SPCS Night is the School’s annual awards ceremony for graduating students, where program area book awards are bestowed and other honors are recognized. The Itzkowitz Family Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award recipient is announced at SPCS Night, as is the Gibb Family Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

The event includes an hour-long awards ceremony followed by cocktails and heavy appetizers in the Modlin Center lobby and patio.

Attend Commencement

Commencement Exercises are the highlight of the academic year at SPCS. Adjunct faculty members who taught in the summer, fall or spring term preceding Commencement are expected to attend the ceremony and march into the Robins Center wearing academic regalia of their highest degree received. The Assistant to the Dean sends out a request for responses early in the spring, along with an opportunity to order new academic regalia.

Adjunct faculty members unable to attend Commencement are expected to provide a written explanation for the absence to the dean. Participation in Commencement is a contractual obligation.

Engage in Professional Development

The University offers a variety of professional development opportunities to adjunct faculty members. All CTLT events are open to adjunct faculty, and all are offered to faculty members free of charge. The Library often offers free opportunities for professional development; visit the Library website for details. The Provost’s office also provides faculty development resources.

The best way to learn about professional development opportunities is by reading daily SpiderBytes. SpiderByte announcement are often the primary method for communicating opportunities to faculty and staff.

Share Your Accomplishments

When you are recognized for excellence in your profession and/or your teaching, we want to know about it, to place a reference to the recognition in your file, and to share that information across campus! Complete our Faculty & Staff Accomplishments form for a quick and easy way to share your accomplishments with the Assistant to the Dean and the SPCS Marketing Team.

The University seeks to promote faculty accomplishments; we can’t promote recognitions we don’t know about.

And if you have a story about teaching or your experience at SPCS that you’d like to share, we’d like to hear about that, too.

Update Your Online Bio

Your accomplishments are not automatically added to your online bio. If you wish to update your bio, complete any fields that apply on the Faculty/Staff Bio Update form. Be sure to update us about major events like job changes, title changes, and retirements. We’re also keen to update publication and presentation details.

Your professional and academic experiences demonstrate excellence, and we want your bio to reflect that excellence. 

Update Your Contact Information and CV

While you may post your CV with your online bio, we also require up-to-date contact information and CVs on all active adjunct faculty. Please submit updates to the Assistant to the Dean.

Nominate Yourself or Colleagues for the Innovations in Teaching Award

The Innovations in Teaching Award recognizes teaching innovation and excellence among SPCS adjunct faculty members. Review the recommended innovations and complete the nomination form. Nominations are due annually on December 1 and are awarded during the Spring faculty meeting.

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