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. To help with your transition, please read the information provided in your appointment letter or email and the resources provided below. If you have any questions, please call us at 843.953.5527 or email our office at We look forward to meeting you at orientation (virtually this year) and working with you throughout your career at the College of Charleston.

Startup Resources

Before your first day

Complete the New Faculty Checklist, including submitting your background check and completing your E-Verification Employment process, which includes presenting your drivers license and SSN card (or your passport or other acceptable ID) in person with HR by the deadlines stated. Also, submit your academic credentials (e.g., your CV and your official transcript or official U.S. equivalency document) to your department chair or director, and stay in touch with your department or school about any additional onboarding instructions specific to your unit. 

New Faculty Orientation This program, held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, offers an opportunity to gather information on campus policies and resources and become acquainted with other new faculty. Please review the agenda and instructions on how to attend. The 2020-2021 orientations will be hosted virtually in August 2020 and January 2021. Check your email for an invitation.
Buses & Parking Permits Due to our downtown campus location, parking spaces are limited on campus, and other options including free express buses and carpooling are encouraged. Please visit Parking Services for options. For year-round parking permits, please complete a parking permit application on MyCharleston under "My Account." 
Resources for Faculty CofC is committed to providing the support faculty need to succeed in their careers at the College of Charleston. This page provides links to numerous important resources related to teaching, research, service, and professional development for faculty.
Learning Your ID Number

You can find your campus wide identification number, CWID, using the Locate Your CWID form. This link can also be found by going to the MyCharleston homepage and clicking "Get Login Assistance." Once you have your CWID, follow the instructions provided to you by your department on how to log into MyCharleston for the first time.

Email and Password

Go to the CofC Online Directory and enter your name. If a campus account has already been created for you, your email appears beside your name and is generally your last name and first initial of your first name.  Your CofC COUGARS username will show up as the beginning of your email address.  If you do not have a Directory username and email, the College has not yet completed your appointment in our employment database. Contact your department to find out how soon they will be able to do so. If you have not completed your background check and e-verification process with HR, your account will not be activated. 

ALL employees should have a MAIL@COFC.EDU account. All employees must setup multi-factor authentication.

Faculty Policies & Procedures

This page provides a summary of policies, procedures, and expectations of faculty, along with links to relevant policies and forms.

Ordering Textbooks Timely submission of books orders ensures that sufficient textbooks are available on time for students and facilitates the buyback and resale of used textbooks hence please submit your textbook orders, including the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), as quickly as possible through the Barnes and Noble College of Charleston Bookstore. In order to determine your textbook list, you may please visit their textbook search to get a list of the books students will need for their courses.
CofC ID Card

The Cougar Card Service Desk provides ID cards. It is currently located at the back entrance of Liberty Fresh Foods dining hall (check site for updates during our Summer 2020 remote work hours). After your appointment is activated in our employment database, simply bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license, get your picture taken, and immediately receive your ID card. The Cougar Desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 5:00 p.m. A Cougar ID card is required to utilize the College's Library services.

Setting up your class

Your department will assign you to your course(s). You may view your course assignments and class rosters on OAKS. Prepare for the first day of class.

Your department's instructional technologist and our entire Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) are here to help you get started. Please review the TLT Checklist for New Faculty for details about using OAKS, Classroom Technology, software licenses available to you, and other IT services for faculty.

My Charleston, Intranet

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

  • Faculty: 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: You'll find a catalog search tool, databases and e-journals, quick links and faculty links.
  • Employee: Reference Banner Self Service, employee forms, and other useful employee information.
  • My Accounts: Includes a channel named My Parking Services and a link to our Cougar Alert System.
  • Help and Training: Here you will find tutorials for faculty and contact information for the IT help desk.
  • Advising: Explore the Advising tab (roster faculty) for advising and Degree Works.
  • OAKS link: Go to your Course Assignments and Class Rosters
Using Library Services

The College's Libraries strive to collaborate with faculty of every discipline to teach students research, information, and digital literacy skills. Visit Library Faculty Services to get started. 

During Summer 2020, the physical library is closed, however library services for faculty are continuing! We can provide:

International Faculty

Please reference our International Faculty site. 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.

Affiliate Faculty and Researchers

Affiliate faculty given a courtesy appointment should contact their department/program about the onboarding requirements as they may vary depending on your affiliation with the College and/or teaching and advising responsibilities. If you are teaching, you are required to submit the Affiliate Faculty Personal Data Sheet and Background Check form, plus your official transcript(s) and CV to your department chair or director before you begin. You do not need to complete the e-Verification process or report to HR with the other employee forms unless directed to do so. 

New to Charleston and CofC

Here you will find some information about moving to Charleston, childcare, area schools, dual careers (spousal job networks), commuting in the area, dining, work-life, maps, and employee perks.


Campus Acronyms

FAM: Faculty/Administration Manual

CWID: your personal CofC identification number

TLT: Teaching and Learning Team, includes your instructional technologist

OAKS: CofC Learning Management System, where your courses are assigned

SNAP: Student Disability Services

RO: Registrar's Office

View more acronymns.