Resources for Faculty & Staff
As the college transitions from face-to-face instruction and office spaces to virtual classrooms and workspaces, we are committed to supporting our faculty and staff. Our goal is to continue providing students with a high-quality education and support services without undue risk to our campus community. Below you will find resources for teaching and working remotely.
The Center for Excellence in Creative Teaching and Learning has put together a plan that includes a variety of tools and resources to maintain contact with your department and your students and to move your teaching online.
Onsite teaching during Michigan's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order
On Monday, March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order temporarily suspending all nonessential in-person operations across the state. The order took effect at 12:01 am Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and extends for at least the next three weeks. The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order directs all Michiganders to stay in their homes unless it is absolutely necessary for them to be out. However, the order also permits organizations to designate key workers who are necessary to conducting “minimal basic operations.” Faculty who require special access to campus teaching facilities in order to conduct class have been designated as key to CCS. Those faculty must contact their Department Chairs immediately to notify them as to what areas of campus they will need to access and the specific dates, times, and durations they will need to have that access. Department Chairs will provide this information to Aletha Jordan who will inform Campus Safety. Faculty will be required to check in with Campus Safety upon their arrival in order to access CCS facilities. While on campus, faculty must observe the social distancing guidelines set forth by the Governor. Once their teaching responsibilities have been fulfilled, faculty must leave. Adherence to this directive is required in order for CCS to be in compliance with the Executive Order and the health, safety, and welfare of all concerned.
Center for Excellence in Creative Teaching and Learning (ECTL)
- New Open Office Hours and Request Form
- ECTL staff are available through our new Help Request form. This may be the fastest way to receive support for your teaching
- NEW: In addition, drop into our Open Office Hours starting on Tuesday, March 24. Staff will be "in the office" to chat, help out, or schedule meetings. Come on by--we look forward to seeing you, and we can share virtual coffee and cookies! Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- We are also available through email to answer your questions or set up individual appointments.
- Mobile Apps for Blackboard and Zoom
- Blackboard offers a mobile app for instructors and a mobile app for students and Zoom also offers a mobile app. All are available in the App Store and the Google Play Store. Visit our Blackboard Organization page and click on the menu link “For Phones and Tablets” for more information and helpful videos.
- More Help
- We have added LinkedIn Learning videos for Zoom, Teaching Online, and Managing this Situation to our Blackboard Organization page. Zoom has also developed its own series of help videos, which can be found in the upper right part of your “Meetings” page when you log into your Zoom account.
Additional Blackboard tutorials and documentation have also been added, so please check out the Blackboard Guides page in the Organization.
At a webinar on faculty resilience conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, it was noted that one of the key strategies for making sure that all students have access to your course materials is to record your Zoom presentations. Even if you are holding your classes "live," you should be recording them so that students, particularly those in other time zones and those with special needs, can access them. Contact the Center for Excellence in Creative Teaching and Learning for instruction on recording your Zooms.
We also heard from Kevin Gannon, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University on "How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal." Key takeaways from Kevin include:
- Good teaching is good teaching: Good pedagogy requires Regular, effective, and compassionate communication with students; Flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances; and Transparency in course materials, like tests, assignments, and activities.
- Keep it as simple and as accessible as you can: Moving from face-to-face to distance learning is disruptive enough. Don't introduce complicated, unnecessary tools and procedures.
- Expect turbulence and respond accordingly: As Kevin observed in his talk, "This is not the semester we ordered." The same goes for our students. We will all need to make adjustments as we go along.
- Online doesn't have to mean impersonal: Teaching and learning are inherently social enterprises. Technology doesn't teach, teachers do. Your experiences and expertise is why you are in the classroom. By the same token, keep in mind that your students are also experiencing something new and unprecedented as we move through the semester. Err on the side of compassion.
As many of us shift to working from home, the Information Technology Services team put together a few resources to help. Direct links can be found on the Information Technology Services page on the Blackboard 'Campus Offices' tab and this page.
The working from home page contains a variety of information to help make things go smoother. Among the items you may wish to review are:
- Accessing Filr
Access your home and shared drives via the web.
- Using Your CCS Phone
Check voice mail remotely, change greetings, etc. Important Note: At this time, please do not set up call forwarding to an outside line. If you currently have it set, please cancel the forwarding for now. We’ve experienced issues with phone circuits filling up due to this feature, particularly at the Taubman Center. We’re working on an alternate solution for this and hope to have additional information available in the next several days.
- Online Meetings with Zoom and Google
Getting started with either online meeting platform.
- Colleague, ImageNow, Informer
For those staff authorized by their supervisor to access internal systems from home, you should have received an email invitation from RealVNC to set up an account. Detailed instructions are available on VNC Remote Walk Through page.
If you encounter difficulty or have questions, the best way of contacting us for now is via helpdesk ticket.
Business Office Procedures
The Business Office is now accepting electronic signatures on all documents during this time. Please find a list below of the different areas of Business Services for information in regards to our processes:
- Accounts Payable
Payment Requisitions, Yellow Copies of Purchase Orders and invoices can be emailed to email@example.com. We are encouraging direct deposit at this time for all vendors. Please have them fill out the attached ACH Authorization Form and send it back to us. Please be sure to include any backup that you would normally put with any payment requisitions.
Purchase requisitions can be emailed to Allison Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org . Amazon has stopped supplying Warehouses for items other than household staples and medical supplies. This means that their ability to fulfill our orders will become harder. We will keep in contact on any of your orders that cannot be fulfilled.
All questions on payroll related items can be emailed directly to email@example.com.
- Corporate Credit Cards
This program is still running like normal. The March expense statements will be coming out next week and will be due via the online system on April 7th. Please remember that the cards are not to be used for purchasing items. Please contact Allison Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Our Cashier Window is currently closed until the College reopens with business as usual. In the meantime, you may email Mark Fanning at email@example.com with any questions. Self-Service is a great resource for making payments on student accounts and setting up direct deposit.
- Student Accounts
Students/Parents with questions regarding their accounts can be directed to Mary Tarte. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
As cases of coronavirus continue to spread across the U.S., health care leaders are encouraging patients to use telehealth options in order to access virtual care. For those of you who participate in one of the college's health care plans, please see the link below for instructions on how to access telehealth care. It is best to complete this process before you or your covered dependent needs it.
An employer-sponsored employee assistance program (EAP) is a benefit offered to eligible employees to help assess, address and resolve personal issues. We partner with Ulliance, a Troy, Michigan-based company, to create a culture of total well-being through comprehensive programs to help employees with personal concerns that impact their ability to work and live a quality life. To learn more about this program, please visit Ulliance. An Ulliance provider can be reached at 1-800-448-8326.
For questions related to employee benefits, please contact Raquel Diroff at email@example.com.
Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?
Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline
Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Finding ways to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
CCS Essential Personnel 2020
|Last Name||First Name||Title||Status|
|Ainsworth||Matthew||Audio Visual Services Supervisor||Full-Time|
|Ansel||Ryan||Associate Professor of Advertising||Full-Time|
|Antosiek||Ellen||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Ather III||Bradley||Systems Technician||Full-Time|
|Baralaye||Ebi||Craft Faculty||Full-Time||Monday-Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm|
|Barbour||Nicole||Director - Academic Facilities||Full-Time|
|Beck||Anne||Vice President - Admin & Finance||Full-Time|
|Blevins||Ashley||Coordinator of Human Resources||Part-Time|
|Brady||Austin||Fine Arts Faculty||Part-Time|
|Brendel||Scot||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Brock||John||Multimedia Solutions Specialist, ECTL||Full-Time|
|Brown||David||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Brozik||Philip||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Bruggeman||Michael||Director of Security||Full-Time|
|Burns||Jerome||Manager of Audio Visual Services||Full-Time|
|Campbell||Katherine||Director of International Service||Full-Time|
|Carducci||Vincent||Dean of Undergraduate Studies||Full-Time|
|Catanese||Mathew||Director of Financial Aid||Full-Time|
|Choklat||Jari Aki||FAD Department Chair||Full-Time|
|Coleman||Thomas||Taubman Center Maintenance Staff||Full-Time|
|Conley||Joshua||Academic Systems Technician||Full-Time|
|Covyeau||Kathleen||Coordinator of Facilities||Full-Time|
|Davidson||James||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Day||Vera(Sue)||Manager Academic Technology Services||Full-Time|
|Diroff||Raquel||Assistant Director of Human Resources||Full-Time|
|Evans||Laurie||Associate Dean, Center for Excellence in Creative Teaching and Learning||Full-Time|
|Evans||Sean||Manager of Application Services||Full-Time|
|Fanning||Mark||Cashier / Payroll Coordinator||Full-Time|
|Finley||Andrea||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Fraser||Greg||Director of Information Technology Services||Full-Time|
|Gerlach||David||Academic Systems Technician||Full-Time|
|Gilbert||Gordon||Assistant Director of Security||Full-Time|
|Good||Heather||Assistant Director of Business Services||Full-Time|
|Graus||Patricia||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Hahn||William||Taubman Center Maintenance Staff||Full-Time|
|Hanna||Rebecca||Residence Life Coordinator||Full-Time|
|Harrison||Ryan||Director of Residence Life||Full-Time|
|Hauser||Steven||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Hawkins||Ann||Residence Life Coordinator||Full-Time|
|Hill||Michael||Director of Human Resources||Full-Time|
|Hingelberg||Julie||Vice President - Enrollment Services||Full-Time|
|Irick||Phillip||Facilities Supervisor Taubman Center||Full-Time|
|Jackson||Celess||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Jenkins||Eric||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Jenkins||Laura||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Johnson||Lakisha||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Jordan (Williams)||Aletha||Assistant to the Vice President||Full-Time|
|Lambert||Ian||Dean - Grad Studies||Full-Time|
|Lecour||Arlene||Director - Student Success||Full-Time|
|Lees||Alexander||Technology Infrastructure Engineer||Full-Time|
|Long||Daniel||Dean of Students||Full-Time|
|Martin||Troy||Ford Facilities Manager||Full-Time|
|Mauch||Gregory||Facilities Supervisor Ford Campus||Full-Time|
|McCann-Arnaoutova||Elena||Chair - Foundation||Full-Time|
|McKay||Kerri||Director of Business Services||Full-Time|
|McKissack||Kareem||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Mead||Heather||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Mesack||Megan||Associate Director of Marketing and Communication||Full-Time|
|Miceli||Anthony||Director - Grad & International Admissions||Full-Time|
|Molesworth||Allison||Financial Aid Counselor||Full-Time|
|Morr||Ashley||Human Resources Generalist||Full-Time|
|Morrison||Brad||Manager of Environmental Services||Full-Time|
|Muscat (Lareau)||Teresa (Tracy)||Vice President - IA||Full-Time|
|Naini||Katherine||Learning Specialist||Full-Time||Once a week|
|Neal||Brigette||Administrative Assistant of the Executive Office||Full-Time|
|Noe||Patrice||Technology Support Services Administrator||Full-Time|
|Osinski||Christine||CRM System Administrator||Full-Time|
|Owens||Cathy||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Pad||Rebecca||Director - Library Services||Full-Time|
|Parzych||Joseph||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Popiolek||Marcus||Director of Marketing and Communications||Full-Time|
|Poszywak||Lisa||Part Time Hr Generalist||Part-Time|
|Randazzo||James||Part Time Environmental Services Staff||Part-Time|
|Robinson||Duane||Accounting Specialist Payables||Full-Time|
|Rogers Jr.||James||Mail Clerk||Full-Time|
|Roney||Thomas||Transportation Faculty||Full-Time||Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm|
|Ryniak||Dan||Taubman Facilities Mananger||Full-Time|
|Sawicki||Melissa||Team Leader - Maintenance||Full-Time|
|Schmieder||Robert||Manager Network Service||Full-Time|
|Shornak||Jason||Taubman Center Maintenance Staff||Full-Time|
|Soring||Paul||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Standley||Lynne||Director, Online Strategies, ECTL||Full-Time|
|Stewart||Jane||Director - PCS||Full-Time|
|Stewart||Susan||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Stolarski||Anna||Program Manager - Grad Studies||Full-Time|
|Stout||Michael||Part Time Environmental Services Staff||Part-Time|
|Tate||Roy||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Thomas||Allison||Accounting Specialist Receivables & Purchasing||Full-Time|
|Thomas||Lorraine||Program Manager - Foundation||Full-Time|
|Tompkins||Thomas||Network Systems Administrator||Full-Time|
|Trimmer||Alvon||Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Uyematsu||Troy||Assistant Director / Project Manager Its||Full-Time|
|Watrous||Matthew||Server / Database Administrator||Full-Time|
|Watson||Patricia||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Weiss||Valerie||Director - Wellness Center||Full-Time|
|Williams||Charles||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Yancey||Shantinique||Taubman Center Environmental Services Staff||Full-Time|
|Young||Deirdre||Asst Dean of Equity & Inclusion||Full-Time|