2023-24 New Faculty Orientation


Dear All New Faculty:
Welcome to the University of North Alabama and congratulations on your recent appointment! It is an honor to welcome you to a new academic year at the University of North Alabama.
The Office of Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to host the New Faculty Orientation.
To ensure your successful transition to the UNA community, we invite you to review the following important information:
Navigating UNA: Orientation for all New Faculty

Wednesday, August 09 & Thursday, August 10, 2023


New Faculty Orientation Annual Workshop Series
Orientation sessions will continue throughout the first year, focusing on issues and topics of interest to new faculty related to teaching, scholarship, and service. The New Faculty Orientation Annual Workshop Series will include online and in-person workshops and will be held on 2nd Wednesdays of every month from 3:00 – 4:00pm. The 2023-24 schedule will be posted on the Canvas course.
New Faculty Orientation Canvas Course Fall 2023-24
You will receive an invitation to the New Faculty Orientation Canvas Course for Fall 2023-24. The Canvas course is designed to introduce new faculty to information and links to important websites which we hope will be helpful to you as a one-stop resource site for your continued reference throughout your first year.  As a new faculty member, you will have access to this course for one year.

New Faculty Checklist

As you get started, a New Faculty Checklist is provided below for your convenience:

UNA Essentials:

  • Register for New Faculty Orientation register-button.png
Orientation takes place annually, in August, one week prior to the start of classes. As you begin this new chapter in your career, we invite you to register for the event by August 5th. We will send the full agenda to all registered participants by August 6th.
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  • Obtain UNA Mane Card
To receive your Mane Card, stop by the Mane Card office located in The Gunn Commons Building. You must bring a photo ID (such as a driver’s license) in order to receive your Mane Card.

  • Obtain Parking Permit
Please complete the online form at http://www.una.edu/transportation and then visit the Transportation Services Desk in the Guillot University Center to retrieve your hangtag.

  • Computer Access – UNAPortal

Once your paperwork is processed, log into your UNA Portal - Click the 'Portal' link at the top of any UNA web page to access the new site.

UNAPortal https://www.una.edu/its/unaportal/index.html 

 Your login to UNAPortal is only your username (not your full email address). Your username should be your first initial followed by your full last name. Your username is automatically created by the system. Your original password will be RoarLions!mmddyyyy where mmddyyyy = your eight digit birthday (you will want to change this as soon as possible).

  • Meet with Department Chair
Check with your department office to see if there are important information and/or documents waiting for you. You should contact your chair or department representative for copies of the syllabi of record for each course you are assigned to teach.
Ask your department chair or department administrative assistant about computer equipment and keys for your use.

  • Review the Faculty Resources
Review the Faculty Resources webpage which was created with critical policy documents from a variety of campus resources including the Faculty Handbook to provide faculty members with a concise view of important information.

  • Use the campus map
Use the online campus map to familiarize yourself with the locations of your office, classes, and the most convenient parking lots.

We will offer continued opportunities throughout the academic year for you to meet University leadership and colleagues to discuss issues and topics related to teaching, scholarship, and service.

Do not hesitate to call or email Academic Affairs with any questions you have.

(256)765-4258 or provost@una.edu

We are certainly looking forward to meeting you!

Roar Lions!!