Welcome (or welcome back) to a new semester at Berkeley! As you have probably guessed, in addition to the incessant use of acronyms for everything, we have a few ‘Berkeley-isms’ that are good to know about if you are new to campus. This page will provide you with the necessary information to get started teaching at Berkeley, and point you in the right direction in terms of essential teaching resources.

Getting a Cal 1 Card

Your Cal 1 Card (http://services.housing.berkeley.edu/c1c/static/facstaffids.htm) will serve as your official campus identification while you are at UC Berkeley. In addition to after-hours building access, if you choose to get a gym membership, it will also allow you access to the gym and the locker rooms at the RSF (Recreational Sports Facility) (http://recsports.berkeley.edu/about/member-services/membership-types/) and other gyms on campus.

Getting a CalNet ID

You choose your own CalNet ID, but please note, that your CalNet ID will also be your email address (i.e. CalNetID@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)) so please choose carefully! Once you have a Cal 1 Card (and associated employee ID number), you should obtain a temporary CalNet passphrase from the designated staff administrator in your department (or you may receive this when you receive your Cal 1 Card). Then visit https://net-auth.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/krbreg to set a your CalNet ID and set a new passphrase.

UC Berkeley Technology

UC Berkeley provides numerous communication tools including email (bMail), calendars (bCal), and collaboration tools (bDrive, Box, CalShare, bCourses Project Sites - for more information, see bConnected: http://bconnected.berkeley.edu/). bCourses (https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/) is an online platform for managing your courses and communicating with your students. Berkeley’s Educational Technology Services (ETS) provides training on how to use bCourses - find information at http://ets.berkeley.edu/.


Textbook orders should be placed before the Textbook Deadline. Deadlines, as well as important textbook-related issues such as affordability, accessibility, how to order your textbooks, and tips for reducing costs and increasing accessibility are outlined on the CTL’s website on textbook affordability and accessibilty.

Berkeley Time

Classes generally start at ten minutes past the stated start time in the schedule of courses. This buffer time allows students and instructors time to travel between classes that may be back-to-back.

Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)

Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) are appointed by individual departments to assist with aspects of course instruction and management, including leading course tutorials or laboratories, invigilating examinations, student consultations and grading (see the Teaching with GSIs Resource Page at http://gsi.berkeley.edu/faculty-departments/teaching-with-gsis/ for more information). GSIs are supported by the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching and Learning Resource Center (http://gsi.berkeley.edu/).  

Disabled Students’ Program (DSP)

Berkeley has a Disabled Students’ Program (http://dsp.berkeley.edu/) with a mandate of providing equal access to all educational opportunities at UC Berkeley. The website provides information on all of the services available, including note-taking, assistive technology, auxiliary assistants and lecturer responsibilities. You will receive official notification if one of your students identifies with DSP, and be made aware of any necessary accommodations they will require.

Room Scheduling

Classroom scheduling is performed by the Office of the Registrar (http://registrar.berkeley.edu/scheduling/acad_sched.html). If the classroom you are assigned is not suitable, requests for a different classroom will only be accepted until the Friday of the second week of instruction. This is generally granted if class enrollment has drastically changed, if sections are cancelled or to make accommodations for disabled students.

RRR Week Information

UC Berkeley’s fall and spring semesters include a Reading/Review/Recitation (RRR) week (http://teaching.berkeley.edu/sites/teaching.berkeley.edu/files/RRR%20guidelines.pdf). This week “is the week following the end of formal class instruction and preceding the start of final exams and is intended for students to have free time to prepare for exams, to work on final papers and projects, and to participate in review sessions and meetings with instructors.” Review the RRR week guidelines to help with course planning (e.g., no new material may be presented during RRR week).


There are many resources available to instructors to both prepare for and deal with an emergency on campus. Please note that we have a campus siren; the campus emergency siren is tested the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm, followed by an announcement that it is a test. You don’t need to practice getting under your desk unless you really want to. We suggest you sign up for Berkeley’s WarnMe Alerts (https://warnme.berkeley.edu/) which sends emergency alerts by email, text message or phone call. You can also download Cal’s free Emergency Preparedness App (http://oep.berkeley.edu/) and add these emergency numbers to your contacts list: http://emergency.berkeley.edu/contacts.shtml.

Campus Policies, Course Policies and Information

Academic Calendar: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/CalendarDisp.aspx?terms=current
Campus Policies regarding Teaching and Learning: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/campus-policies
Academic Integrity: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/academic-integrity
Final Exam Responsibilities: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/finals.html
Committee on Courses of Instruction Handbook: http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/committees/coci/handbookTOC
Student Attendance: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/campus-policies-regarding-teaching-and-learning#calendar
Pay particular attention to:
-Responding to Students Who Become Ill Due to Flu or Other Illness
-Scheduling Conflicts with Academic Requirement Guidelines (newly revised as of 2014)

Helpful Websites from the Center for Teaching and Learning

Science of Learning
Design Your Course
Engage Your Students

UC Berkeley Campus Resources

University Health Services Tang Center: http://uhs.berkeley.edu/
Counseling and Psychological Services: http://uhs.berkeley.edu/students/counseling/cps.shtml
Educational Technology Services: http://ets.berkeley.edu/

All-Inclusive Teaching Resource

The Center for Teaching and Learning (http://teaching.berkeley.edu/) is a great resource for information on teaching at UC Berkeley. We have highlighted some of the most pertinent resources about teaching at UC Berkeley above, but there are many more that you can find by searching our website, or contacting us directly with your teaching-related questions. If it’s a question we can not answer, we can direct you to the appropriate campus resource.

Welcome to UC Berkeley and Good Luck with Your First Class!

Welcome to Berkeley! This is a wonderful place to teach and do your research, and we at the Center for Teaching and Learning want to do everything we can to help you make your first years here productive and rewarding.

Although all of the materials across this website are important, we have highlighted some on this page that you might find especially helpful as you begin teaching at Berkeley. In particular, we hope that you will take advantage of the Teaching Excellence Colloquium, New Faculty Teaching Newsletter archive, the Teach-net maillist, and our consultation services. All of these are designed to help you become a member of the teaching community at Berkeley and to hone your craft.