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Information for New Faculty

Welcome to the College of Charleston.

We are delighted that you are joining our campus community. We are committed to creating the best possible environment for you to conduct your scholarship, to inspire students through teaching, and to serve your discipline, our campus, and global communities. We want to make your transition to campus as smooth as possible. Please explore the information provided in your appointment letter and the links to resources for new faculty on this website. If you have any questions, please reach out to let us know at 843.953.5527 or email Cathy Peebles ( We look forward to meeting you at orientation and working with you throughout your career at the College of Charleston!

Provided below are links to the orientation schedule, required paperwork, and other important information. 

New Employee and Benefits Information

Human Resources

All new faculty are asked to attend the "New Employee and Benefits Orientation" session hosted by Human Resources. Please refer the New Faculty Orientation Schedule for details. New employee paperwork may be printed and completed in advance by visiting the New Employee Paperwork webpage. Background checks and eVerification are required as outlined below. 

  • Pre-Employment Paperwork: Your department/program should inform you when it is time to report to the Office of Human Resouces  to sign your appointment and complete your hiring paperwork. At this time, you must present in person an acceptable form(s) of identification (e.g., both a driver's license and a socil security card OR just a passport). New employee paperwork may be completed in advance by visiting the New Employee Paperwork webpage. Please complete and print each form and bring the completed packet with you to Human Resources on or before your first day of employment (160 Calhoun Street, Room B037). Additional information about retirement and healthcare benefits and eligibility is provided by Human Resources. 
  • Background Checks and eVerification: Your New Employee Paperwork must be completed prior to the start of your appointment. All offers of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check. Also, please note that federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. As such, the College of Charleston participates in E-Verify. The College will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization through the E-Verify system. If you are not currently eligible to work in the U.S. or need assistance transferring your eligibility to the College, please contact the Center for International Education ( and your department chair to discuss the College's requirements as soon as possible. 
  • Human Resources Quicklinks:

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation Welcome Week(s)

The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs coordinates and hosts New Faculty Orientation for incoming faculty members in January and August each year. New faculty members are invited to attend. Please visit for detailed information, schedules, and maps. If you have any questions about orientation, please contact us at (843) 953-5527. 

Online Learning Management System and Technology Orientation


During your New Faculty Orientation, Information Technology's staff will provide an overview of their services. The Registrar’s Office will also present an introduction to faculty services in MyCharleston, and Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) department introduces technology services that are available to faculty, such as webpages, blogs, iTunes U, OAKS (the College’s learning management system), etc.  Please see below for additional training opportunities.

MyCharleston - Access to the College's Online Services


Explore MyCharleston*, your secure gateway to the College's online services, including:

  • Faculty tab: You can find your teaching schedule and rosters, a grade submission channel, the Student Athlete Management System, Faculty Assisting Students in Trouble (FAST), Registrar's Office forms, many quick links for faculty, including our Faculty Administration Manual and Faculty Research and Development grant information, and links associated with faculty governance.
  • Library tab: On the Library tab, you'll find a catalog search tool, databases and e-journals, quick links and faculty links.
  • My Accounts tab: Here you will find a channel named My Parking Services and a link to our Cougar Alert System.
  • Help and Training tab: Here you will find tutorials for faculty, contact information for the IT help desk, and a form for proposing new channels for MyCharleston.
  • Advising tab: Explore the Advising tab (roster faculty only) for advising and Degree Works.
  • Employee tab: Reference Banner Self Service, employee forms, and other useful employee information.

*Activation of your faculty account: All applicable new employee paperwork must be completed in Human Resources and academic credentials including official transcript(s) must be submitted to Academic Affairs before the College enables your computer account and provides you access to faculty information, including your class rosters and access to OAKS, our learning management system. If you have completed these steps and do not have a Cougars username and CWID number, please contact your department for assistance. If you have already set up your new Cougars account and CWID and still do not have an "Faculty" tab and access to "OAKS" on MyCharleston, please contact your department. They will communicate to the Provost Office to ensure access can be granted.

Course Assignments and Class Rosters

Each department/program is responsible for assigning facutly to his or her course(s). Assignments can only be made AFTER all forms have been processed by Human Resources and AFTER all credentials have been approved by Academic Affairs. If you have not been assigned officially to a course and do not see the "Faculty" tab on your MyCharleston account, please check with your department/program to ensure all of your forms and credentials have been completed. 

  • Course Information: Log into MyCharleston* and select the "Faculty" tab or small "OAKS" icon to access faculty information including class schedules and student rosters.

*Please note: All applicable forms must be completed in Human Resources and academic credentials including official transcript(s) must be submitted to Academic Affairs before the Provost's Office enables your access to OAKS.