Faculty Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I access my class roster and class location?
A:  You'll be able to locate these items on my.fordham.edu.  Approximately 3 weeks after you have filled out your new hire paperwork, please contact IT at 718-817-3999 to receive your login instructions.  Please note that class locations and rosters are not finalized until just before the semester begins. 


Q:  Is there a shuttle service between the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses?
A:  Yes.  The Ram Van runs between both campuses.   The website for more information is here.  The fare is $3.00.

Q:  How do I order books for my class(es)?
A:  The Fordham Bookstore information is located here and instructions for ordering are here.  Access the Online Form for ordering here.   Some instructors choose to support independent bookstores or use Amazon. If you choose one of these options, make sure to have readings available online or as handouts for the first couple of weeks to allow students some time to buy their books.

Q:  Who are the campus secretaries?
A:  An English Department contact list is located here.

Q: Can I get a photocopy card?
A:  Yes, your campus secretary should have one for you.  It works in the departmental machine and in those in the library.

Q:  My copy card has run out; how do I get it refilled?
A:  The secretaries send empty copy cards for refilling once a week; it then generally takes a few days to get them back.  If your card is running low, please plan ahead and submit it only when it is empty; any unused copies on a card sent for refilling will be wasted.  Meanwhile, you can borrow a departmental copy card from the secretaries but PLEASE return it immediately.

Q:  How do I get access to my class lists, student emails, etc?  Can I set up a site for my class(es) on Blackboard?
A:  You can access class lists, student emails and Blackboard groups for your class(es) via your Fordham IT login by going to https://my.fordham.edu

Q:  Whom do I contact about my contract or if I have a change of address, home phone, etc?
A:  Human Resources at 718-817-4931

Q:  Whom do I contact about a problem with my paycheck?
A:  The Payroll Office, at 718-817-4960

Q:  There's something wrong with my Fordham email or office computer; how do I get help?
A:  Contact the Help Desk at 718-817-3999

Q:  A student wants to add my already-full class; what do I do?
A:  Please don't sign an ADD/DROP slip or send the student to the Dean's office.  Only the Associate Chair for undergraduate studies can add students to full classes.  Normally, we will try to place the student in another (not full) section.

Q:  How do I address problems with the class list or student registration for my class?
A:  Contact the Enrollment Services group at: 718-817-3900

Q:  I have to cancel class because I'm sick; whom do I notify?
A:  Please contact your campus secretary.  She will arrange to have a notice posted outside your classroom door.  Note:  If your class meets at 8:30 am, she may not be available by that time.

Q:  What if I have conference travel plans or an emergency and I have to rearrange some class meetings?
A:  First, try to arrange an exchange with another instructor, so she or he will cover your classes and you can cover his or hers at some other time.  If this is not possible, please work to reschedule any missed class meetings.  Please note that you may only rearrange up to 2 class meetings maximum.   

Q:  Can I allow someone to  audit my creative writing workshop class?
A:  As creative writing classes are workshop/studio classes, audits are not possible.

Q:  Can an adjunct or Writer in Residence faculty member direct internships or course tutorials?
A:  Only full-time faculty members and Writers in Residence can direct these.

Q:  How do I plan my syllabus when students are adding and dropping my class during the Add/Drop period?
A:  During the add/drop period, we have to give grace on assignments to students that add in.  They are exempt from what they have missed (or, can be asked to make up what they have missed).  However, after they add in, you should feel free to enforce the dictates of your syllabus.