Faculty Resource Guide

Welcome to the Faculty Resource Guide!

San Diego State is a huge institution and while there are many, many programs and departments that provide services to students and faculty, it isn’t always easy to figure out who does what. Faculty have the dual challenge of determining not only which offices can answer questions about our own concerns, but also where to direct students who come to us for help.

This Faculty Resource Guide tries to help make the search a bit easier. In addition to overviews and links to relevant departments and programs, there are answers to some of the most frequently asked “Who do I call for…” and “What is the policy on…” questions. The Guide was created primarily for faculty who are new to the university but will hopefully be useful to faculty at every stage of their careers.

A few pieces of introductory advice:

  • Every instructor should be well-acquainted with their department administrative coordinator; they are the usual overseers of forms, policies, scheduling and budgets, as well as general department knowledge.
  • Every instructor should also be well-acquainted with their department chair or director. While there are some policies and customs that hold across campus, every department, program and college has a unique culture; your department colleagues can provide important insights about these local norms and expectations.
  • For questions related to teaching and pedagogy, the Center for Teaching and Learning is likely the best place to start; if we can’t answer your questions, we probably know who else can.
  • For questions related to your contract or other aspects of your employment as faculty, the Office of Faculty Advancement is likely the best place to start; if they can’t answer your questions, they probably know who else can. They also maintain the Faculty Handbook, which provides comprehensive information about all aspects of your employment.
  • EnterpriseTechnology Services is part of Business and Financial Affairs and are responsible for things like the campus telecommunications systems, software licenses and University-owned equipment other than smart classrooms (see Campus Resources section of this Guide). Instructional Technology Services is part of Academic Affairs and are responsible for teaching-related technology like Blackboard, smart classrooms or clickers, as well as supporting faculty with pedagogy and all aspects of technology in the classroom (see Course/Teaching Resources section of this Guide).