Useful Information and Links: New Faculty Orientation Spring 2023

Information compiled from the Q&A session during the Spring 2023 New Faculty Orientation

Resources for Teaching

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learning/Access Center

The L/AC is pleased to partner with you in Pratt’s commitment to accommodating students with disabilities. We value your alliance and welcome your feedback. For questions/concerns, contact (718.802.3123) or the L/AC advisor listed on the letter. Students can call 718.687.5356, Pratt’s Counseling number, 24/7. Learning/Access Center and Counseling Services are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

We also respond to Starfish flags. Join us for office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 

Pratt’s service animal and emotional support animal policy: 

Faculty Community Building

For faculty working at the Manhattan campus, there are efforts underway in the School of Information to encourage more community building. Check with your department to see what activities are being planned for Manhattan campus instructors.

For faculty to touch down after class, check with your department for specific spaces. In addition, there is a faculty space in the PI shop, and join us at the Center for Teaching and Learning on the 2nd floor of the library.

Mentorship initiatives for faculty are being developed for the fall semester. In the meantime, department meetings can be a great way to meet and get to know other faculty members in your department.

Join us at the Center for Teaching and Learning to connect with interdisciplinary faculty from across campus!



  • Faculty can use Starfish to send messages, raise concerns and alerts, ask for assistance, provide feedback and referrals, and create an appointment-making platform. Questions about Starfish, contact:
  • Check with your department to learn about departmental policies for attendance. For Institute-wide attendance policies, click here.
  • For a video showing faculty how to use Starfish, click here.


Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) that Pratt uses. Starfish is an online platform that is a student success tool designed to improve communication and workflows around student engagement and support. 

Canvas is the best place to share materials, class information, syllabi, assignment information, files, and more with your students. Sign in with your Pratt OneKey to get started. Here is an overview video of Canvas to get started. When you log on, you will see that your courses have been populated with the students who are enrolled in your classes, and this will continue to happen automatically every semester.

All Canvas courses should include the class syllabus, professor contact information, and the link to the class Zoom (if applicable). We also strongly suggest that any files and materials necessary for the course are posted here, so that students can access all necessary information for their courses in one central location. It is up to you how you wish to use Canvas to best support your courses and teaching style, and we will help you navigate Canvas in the way which best suits you and your students. We recommend that if you choose to record attendance and grades, you use Canvas to do so. More about Pratt’s Attendance Policy can be found here.

For more information about Canvas, check out the Canvas resources on the CTL’s website. There is a link here to all training options available for Canvas, both synchronous and asynchronous.

Technology tools

Call the Helpdesk at 718.636.3765 for assistance with your OneKey.

To see what technology your classroom is equipped with, search for your classroom on this spreadsheet. For more information about Technology Enhanced Classrooms at Pratt, reference this website:

Launchpad provides access to a cloud-based application streaming service (AWS Appstream) enabling Pratt students, faculty and staff to access software typically found in Pratt’s computer lab via a web browser. Production on one.pratt includes information about Production facilities across campus.

Adobe Creative Cloud is available for faculty and students, more info here.

Pratt faculty, staff, and students have access to Miro. More info here.

Pratt faculty, students, and staff also have access to:

  • Milanote
  • VoiceThread
  • Adobe
  • Kanopy

Any computer in the classrooms or the labs is OneKey accessible.

Reach out to the Technology Desk if you have any issues with the equipment in your classroom.

Communicating with students: Some departments are using Slack to communicate with students. Otherwise, use Pratt emails or Canvas inbox. Let students know how they can expect to hear from you!

Pratt Commons is no longer available to be used to create new sites. Google Sites is a great alternative option if students need to create individual websites in your class.

Remote Instruction

Classes taught remotely can be joined by students from anywhere. A welcome email or survey is a great way to get an idea of whether or not your students have consistent access to wifi and a computer at their home. Be mindful as well what websites and platforms students joining your class from other countries may or may not have access to.

Faculty teaching remotely are encouraged to utilize Canvas’s many features, in addition to exploring other learning technologies such as Miro, Milanote, VoiceThread, and Zoom. Please additionally read the Guiding Principles for Quality Online Teaching on the CTL site.

Guest Access

If you’d like to bring a guest lecturer or critic to your class, check with your assistant chair to learn about available funds. Visit this page to learn more about campus access for invited guests.

Department questions

  • Check with your department to learn about programs full course requirements, differences between sections of the same course, classroom locations and assigned rooms for your courses, and dedicated spaces for faculty to print.
  • Get in contact with your chair if you’re unsure what building and classroom your course is scheduled for. Once you know what classroom you’ll be in, you can check this page to see what equipment is available in that room.
  • Find the syllabus template here, and be sure to check with your department for departmental policies and guidelines that should be included. 

Access to spaces

Pratt Faculty Senate Information

Faculty Senate Outreach Officer: Jason Vigneri-Beane

Academic Senate President: Uzma Rizvi

Information about Fulbright Scholars:

Graduate Student Engagement Fund

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