New Faculty Orientation


Dear New Faculty Member:

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 UNA with a virtual tour of our amazing campus and its students, faculty, and staff.

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to host the New Faculty Orientation to welcome you to the UNA community. To ensure your successful transition, we invite you to review the following important information regarding the 2021-22 New Faculty Orientation.

Navigating UNA: Zoom Orientation for all New Faculty
(Blend of synchronous Zoom sessions and asynchronous information)

Wednesday, August 11 - Academic Orientation (Day 1 Program)

Thursday, August 12 - Technology Orientation (Day 2 Program)

New Faculty Orientation Canvas Course 2021-22
The Canvas course is designed to introduce new faculty to information and resources which we hope will be helpful to you as a one-stop site for your continued reference throughout your first year. All information is organized by subject under Modules. As a new faculty member, you will have access to this course for one year.

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 the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 3:00 – 4:00pm. The 2020-21 schedule will be posted on the Canvas course.

New Faculty Welcome Banquet


New Faculty Checklist - UNA Essentials:

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

1. Register for the 2021-22 New Faculty Orientation
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. The full event schedule will be available to registered participants after the registration deadline.

2. Schedule Your Directory Picture
Please schedule an appointment via the photo scheduler.

3. Obtain Your UNA Mane Card
To receive your Mane Card, stop by the Mane Card office located in The University Commons. You must bring a photo ID (such as a driver’s license) in order to receive your Mane Card. You can also submit your photo online and email to

4. Obtain Your Parking Permit
To request a parking permit, please follow the New Registrant instructions. Once you receive an email notification from Transportation Services that your pass is ready to be picked up, please visit their desk in the Guillot University Center. Parking and permit regulations are available for review on the UNA Transportation Services homepage.

5. Access the UNA Portal
Once your paperwork is processed, you will be able to log into the UNA Portal using the username and password provided by the Human Resources department. Please note: Your login to the UNA Portal is only your username, not your full email address. If you have not received your username and password, please contact Human Resources so they can inform or request the info from the ITS department. For ITS assistance, please email, call (256) 765-4865, and/or visit their website for more information.

6. Meet with your Department Chair
Check with your department office to see if there is any important information to know 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.

7. Visit the Faculty Resources Webpage
Visit the Faculty Resources webpage to view a collection of critical policy documents from a variety of campus resources, including the Faculty Handbook. Additionally, the Employee Handbook contains University-wide policy information.

8. View the UNA 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 me with any questions you have. We are certainly looking forward to meeting you!

Roar Lions!!

Joy Borah Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

New Faculty 2020-2021