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College News

Trellis to Remember Licata

The shade structure that a TMCC professor envisioned is completed after his death.

Nursing Program Expanding in 2015

Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program will offer new degree and move into enlarged, remodeled facility.

Calendar of Events

TMCC STEM Society Meeting

Thursday, October 23
VSTA B204, Dandini Campus

SGA Frightmare Event

Thursday, October 23
Outside Plaza, Dandini Campus.

Academic Support Center Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the Academic Support Center's most commonly asked questions.

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How do employees join the TMCC Fitness Center?

Visit the fitness center Web page for information.

How does a TMCC employee begin new phone service or move/change an existing phone service?

To receive new service or change an existing service, an IT Customer Service Request is needed. To determine your needs, you may contact IT Customer Service.

In your request, please provide the following details:

  • Building
  • Room
  • Phone jack number (on the faceplate)
  • When needed
  • Name of customer of use phone
  • Department
  • If access to long distance required
  • Voicemail desired
  • Account to bill (if new phone required)

How does a TMCC employee request a key for the office?

Full-time Employees: Please fill out the Key Request Form and send it to the facilities department.

Part-time Faculty: Please contact Academic Support Center.

How does a TMCC employee request a network account/access to the network or internet?

You must fill out a NASA (Network Application for Security Access) form online.

How does a TMCC employee request a PIN for using Xerox machines at all campus locations?

If you need to set up new or additional accounts, a few things to remember:

  • Set up a DPO/RFC for each account number that will be charged.
  • Encumber sufficient funds for both Xerox and copy center charges.
  • Request a PIN for each person in your department who will be using this account.
  • Send white, pink and yellow copies of DPO to Auxiliary Services, RDMT 231.

The above steps must be completed before completing the electronic copy request.

Part-time Faculty: please contact the Academic Support Center for more information.

What are TMCC instructors' responsibilities?

Major duties of part-time faculty include course preparation, teaching, student evaluation, and submitting reports as required by immediate supervisors or representatives of other departments. Your job responsibilities also include the following:

  • Teach classes as agreed upon with immediate supervisor (department chair, coordinator).
  • Meet each class as scheduled and hold class for the full time frame designated in the class schedule.
  • Provide each student (at the beginning of the course) with a comprehensive course syllabus.
  • Prepare your course materials.
  • Periodically examine student work and provide each student with progress reports related to meeting the objectives of the course.
  • Coordinate and work with division support personnel to assist in preparing and printing materials for hand outs. Support sustainable campus thru reductions in printed materials.
  • Plan and administer a fair grading system. Departments may also have sample grade templates.
  • Maintain an accurate attendance and grade records and documentation; submit records as required.
  • Submit your official rosters and final grades by the established deadlines using MyTMCC software.
  • Make advance arrangements with the department for classroom supplies/equipment as needed.
  • Review proposed new textbooks, if requested by your immediate supervisor.
  • Attend the part-time faculty orientation and any other training programs or meetings required by your department.
  • Provide your students with the opportunity to complete appraisal forms and return them on time to the Part-time Faculty Support Center or designated location.
  • Return your keys and other college property at the end of each semester.
  • Other duties as assigned by your supervisor and/or within the scope of the Letter of Appointment (LOA).

Additional information for Part-time Faculty:

  • Attend a part-time faculty orientation and any other training programs or meetings required by your department.
  • Provide your students with the opportunity to complete appraisal forms and return them on time to the Part-time Faculty Support Center or designated location.
  • Return your keys and other college property at the end of each semester.

What are the important dates TMCC instructors need to know for the term?

The TMCC Activities and Reporting Calendar‌ lists important dates for each term, including registration, holidays, last day to add or drop, when rosters and grades are due, and etc. Also, view the TMCC online calendar for upcoming events.

How do TMCC instructors prepare a course syllabus?

Contact your department chair for resources to use in developing your syllabus and preparing instructional materials. Textbooks, manuals, TMCC catalog, curriculum guides, and internet resources are examples of instructional materials that may be helpful. Ask your department chair about sample syllabi designed for courses which are comparable to the course you will be teaching.

What is TMCC's grading policy?

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has established a grading scale to be used at all NSHE institutions.

How do TMCC instructors enter final grades?

  1. Start by logging into MyTMCC.
  2. If you have both a Student and Faculty and Staff tab, select the Faculty and Staff tab.
  3. Select the Self Service link.
  4. Click the Faculty Center link.
  5. Select the Grade Roster link.
  6. Verify that this is the class in which you wish to add grades. If necessary, select the change class button to change classes.
  7. When the Grade Roster is available, click in the Grade Input field under Roster Grade.
  8. Enter the desired information into the Grade Input field or use the drop down menu to select a grade from the list.
  9. If the student is receiving and I or an F grade, you will be prompted to add a Last Date Attended.
  10. By checking "Fully Attended" will add the default "end-of-semester" date into Last Date of Attendance field.
    • Checking Never Attended will add the default "beginning-of-semester" date into the Last Date of Attendance field. NOTE: If the student is receiving an I grade, selecting Never Attended will not be allowed.
    • Partially Attended will require a date to be entered.
    • Click OK to return to the grade roster page.
  11. Note: If you attempt to Save your grades before you have entered the necessary Last Date of Attendance dates, you will be prompted to return to the Grade Roster screen to enter the appropriate dates.
  12. You can also select the Last Date of Attendance tab to add dates for your students.
  13. Click in the Grade Input field for the next student on your roster.
  14. Complete entering the desired information into the Grade Input fields for all of your students.
  15. To create a Final Grade roster, select Final Grade under Grade Roster Type, if it is not currently selected. Click the Grade Roster Type list.
  16. Click the Final Grade list item.
  17. Once you have entered your grades, you will need to mark them as Approved and Save them. Click the Approval Status drop down list.
  18. Click the Approved list item.
  19. Click the Save button.
  20. Congratulations! You have successfully entered grades into the system.

What is an incomplete grade pertaining to TMCC faculty?

An "Incomplete" may be given under the following circumstances. The student must have completed 75% with at least a grade of "C." There must be some verifiable, compelling reason for the lack of completion of the class. A conference between you and the student should be held prior to the due date for grades at the end of the semester. A detailed statement describing the work to be completed, approved by your division dean must be submitted in MyTMCC. This addendum will automatically be sent to the dean for approval. After the dean makes a decision, a response will be sent via email to you and admissions and records.

Please check with your department chair before issuing an incomplete. If you are teaching an individualized developmental class, consult with your immediate supervisor for special regulations regarding grading in these classes. Students have one semester in which to make up assignments or examinations for a course in which they receive an incomplete. The instructor must submit the card to change the incomplete to a grade by the same date that final grades are due for the semester. Summer session is not defined as a semester for this purpose.

How do TMCC instructors change a student's grade?

If you discover an error, or feel the grade should be changed after grades have been entered, submit a grade change card by contacting your division/department administrative assistant.

How do TMCC instructors obtain a class list?

Faculty members may access their class lists through MyTMCC. Every student in the class MUST be on the class list. A student in the class that is not on the class list must complete registration before attending class.

Part-time Faculty: If you need help getting into MyTMCC, please see Barbie Wright in the academic support center or you may contact the TMCC IT Customer Service.

What do TMCC instructors do if a student asks to be added to their class?

Students may add classes anytime during the published registration period. Late starting classes may be added using MyTMCC up until the published start date of the class. Written permission of the division offering the class is required to add any class after the registration period or after the start date of the class.

You may not add a student yourself. Contact your department chair and/or department administrative assistant for help.

What do TMCC instructors do if they have to miss class?

Instructors are required to attend every regularly scheduled class session. If you know ahead of time that you will be absent, contact your division/department chair or coordinator.

If you are unable to teach at the last minute due to illness or an emergency, contact your division/department chair or department administrative assistant to post a notice on the canceled class Web page, post a sign on the door and call students if there is enough time given and you may also want to send your students an email through grade book.

If you must cancel a class before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. on the day of class, please contact the academic support center at 775-673-7000 for Dandini Campus, Meadowood Center at 775-829-9004, High Tech Center at Redfield at 775-850-4000 and IGT Applied Technology Center at 775-856-5300.

You are responsible for notifying your department of your absence. If possible, it's always best to notify your department chair and students well in advance of an absence. Class sessions must meet for the time indicated in the schedule, and for their full duration as stated in the class schedule.

What do TMCC instructors do if they have a student that misses several classes?

Regular attendance is required for college classes, but attendance requirements vary from one division/department to another. Check with your division/department office for attendance policies. Your attendance requirements should be clearly stated in the course syllabus.

You may talk to the student about any excessive absences or refer them to an academic adviser.

What do TMCC instructors do if a student is behaving inappropriately or is posing an immediate threat?

Threat of Imminent Injury: Call 911 - if possible, evacuate the area

Incident where a mild threat of violence occurs, report incident immediately to TMCC Police Department at: 775-674-7900.

What do TMCC instructors do if their classroom is locked?

All classrooms and labs are to be locked before and after class. All part-time faculty members are required to have their own key to each of their classrooms. Please go to the academic support center if you do not have a classroom key and apply for one.

Who do TMCC instructors contact for classroom technology issues?

Contact the Information Technology Department for visual and electronic media support.

Contact the IT Customer Service for support with internal TMCC computer, telephone and network connectivity issues.

How do TMCC instructors email their students?

Instructors may email their students through MyTMCC.

What do TMCC instructors do if they have a student with a disability?

The faculty member can privately and tactfully refer a potential student to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) who will determine if they qualify for services. The DRC website offers a wealth of information to educate faculty and prospective students, downloadable forms and a link to contact the DRC directly to schedule a confidential intake interview. Some students with disabilities may elect not to register at the DRC, which is a personal choice. Non-registered DRC students are not entitled to receive free accommodations or services at TMCC.

Faculty should not provide accommodations directly to students who are not registered at the DRC. This protects both the college and students requesting services. The professionally trained DRC staff is responsible for evaluating presented documentation in order to determine if a student qualifies for services, and which services are appropriate in light of their disability. After the DRC staff assigns accommodations, they assist to ensure services are offered in a timely manner.

The course instructor will be notified by a DRC generated hard copy service letter which will be delivered by the student to the faculty member. Alternately, the services letter may be sent by the DRC staff through an email correspondence. This letter will outline assigned accommodations. Faculty members are encouraged to correspond with the DRC staff when questions regarding accommodations arise.

Faculty will include in their class syllabus each semester the following statement:

ADA Statement

Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at Truckee Meadows Community College. For assistance, contact TMCC's Disability Resource Center.

How do TMCC instructors get copies made?

There are currently 24 Xerox multi-function machines located around TMCC. Each of these machines is set up to copy, print, fax and scan to email. A five-digit PIN is required to access any of these functions. Xerox PINs are assigned by central services. Each PIN is unique and issued to an individual, not a department or program. To obtain a PIN, an authorized email by your departmental support person or supervisor must be sent to central services. A printed confirmation letter will be sent to you once the PIN has been issued. This code number is given only to you, and is not to be used for personal copying. Please plan ahead to allow adequate time to make copies.

The Copy Center offers a full range of copy services: copying, in black on white, full color copies, comb and thermal binding, folding, envelope stuffing, both single and triple hole punching, stapling, laminating and booklet making. Personal employee and student copying services are available and can be paid for at the time of service. For assistance or more information, please contact the Copy Center.

What do TMCC instructors do if they need supplies?

Contact your department office first. Your department office can provide you with textbooks, pens, pencils, chalk, markers, scantron forms and paper, etc. If your department is unavailable, contact the academic support center. Whenever possible, please plan ahead, many offices are not open in the evenings.

How do TMCC instructors receive and administer course evaluations?

Course evaluations are completed every semester by your students. You will receive your course evaluation packet in your TMCC mailbox or if you have an online class, it will be emailed to you. If you have not received your evaluation packet, please contact the academic support center.

Each class must be evaluated every semester. There will be a due date on the packet and you are expected to have a student return your completed evaluation(s) to the academic support center.

Please take the packet to your class and have a student pass out the information. Encourage students to fill out the evaluation completely, including comments with a pencil or pen. Please leave the classroom while the students are working on the evaluations. Have the student collect and seal the evaluations in the evaluation packet and return it to the academic support center, as soon as the class is over for the day.

When do TMCC instructors get paid?

Full-time Faculty: Employees on a salaried contract will be paid on the last day of the month.

Part-time Faculty: Semester salaries are divided into equal monthly installments. Paychecks are issued on the last business day of each month. Those who are on an hourly contract will be paid on the 10th and 25th of each month. All pay checks will be mailed unless direct deposit has been set up or arrangements made with Accounting Services to hold the check until picked up.

Part-time Faculty: Hourly employees: Timesheets are submitted on specific dates and paid on a semi-monthly basis.

Paychecks will be mailed to your home address unless requested in writing to be held in the controller's office. Your direct deposit will show up in your bank account on the day you should be paid.

TMCC strongly encourages the use of the direct deposit option. Please contact Human Resources to set up your direct deposit account, or you can use TMCC Employee Self Service. Once set up please allow two pay periods for direct deposit to become effective. Paychecks will be mailed to your home address on file with Human Resources until direct deposit takes effect.

What are the employment perks for TMCC instructors?

Grant-In-Aid (Tuition Waiver)

Grants-In-Aid are available to pay a portion of the registration fees for part-time instructors. The number of credit hours for a tuition waiver is based upon the number of credits taught during the preceding semester, not to exceed six credit hours. Credits do not accumulate from semester to semester. Fall and spring course loads are used to determine eligibility. These waivers are valid only for courses offered by TMCC and may not be used for Workforce Development and Continuing Education courses, or courses offered during the summer.

In order to apply for a Grant-In-Aid, please complete and submit a Grant-In-Aid form. This form and additional information about tuition waivers are available in the academic support center.

TMCC'S Fitness Center

The TMCC fitness center is open in the V. James Eardley Student Services Center on the college's Dandini Campus.

  • Cardio and strength training equipment
  • Fitness assessments
  • Easy access to the facility
  • Locker room area
  • Improved health and wellness

Eligible Members

  • TMCC students enrolled in one credit
  • TMCC faculty and staff
  • Members must be 16 years of age or older

Please check out the Fitness Center for hours and location.

Memberships/fees may be purchased at Accounting Services.

For additional benefits for full-time instructors, please contact your department or Human Resources.

How does a TMCC employee get an employee ID card?

Faculty and staff may obtain an employee ID card at the academic support center. Please bring a valid government issued photo ID.

How do TMCC instructors use the college library?

You must have an employee ID card to check anything out from the Library.

Library resources are available at several locations.

The following individuals are eligible to use library material under the guidelines outlined below: TMCC students, faculty, and staff; NSHE faculty and students; and residents of the state of Nevada.

  1. General library materials
    • TMCC Students and staff; NSHE faculty and students: 14 days
    • Full and part-time TMCC faculty: for the semester
  2. Periodicals: in-library use only
  3. Non-reserve and feature film Videos
    • TMCC students and NSHE faculty and students: two days
    • Full and part-time TMCC faculty and staff: seven days
    • State of Nevada residents: in-library use only

Who do TMCC instructors contact for professional development?

In keeping with the TMCC mission statement, the professional development office provides access for lifelong learning opportunities through a variety of programs that are open to all members of the TMCC community.

Workshops and training opportunities are designed to provide all staff members with an opportunity to expand their knowledge, increase expertise, experience new technology and continue their lifelong learning process.

Workshops and programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Staff development
  • Technology
  • College programs and services
  • Organizational development
  • Personal growth
  • Wellness

Workshops can be customized to specific departmental or work group needs.