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Support for Faculty Software Needs

MICA recognizes that a number of faculty need access to software that is used as an important part of teaching within their departmental areas. The department of Technology Systems and Services (TSS) knows that many faculty purchase and upgrade their own laptops that are used both at home and on campus as integral tools for teaching and communication with students; maintaining up-to-date software that mirrors the key software used by students and other faculty is vital to their role as educators.

In response to this, MICA is developing a program to make certain that faculty are provided with some of the key software they need to do their job as instructors. Clearly MICA cannot afford to purchase all the software loaded on all of the campus computers for all faculty. So for now, the program is conceived to address the fundamental needs that faculty have for the most used software at MICA. This will include the Adobe Creative Cloud, and the Microsoft Office Suite.  

Microsoft Office - MICA pays a yearly campus license fee for the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.) so that members of the faculty and staff may have access to the most up-to-date versions of this software for both Mac and PC format. The MICA school store provides copies to any faculty/staff member for essentially the cost of the DVDs and the copying process.  Please contact the school store for more information:  (410) 225 - 2276 / Store@MICA.edu

Adobe Creative Cloud software - MICA has contracted with Adobe to provide the Adobe Creative Cloud to all faculty to use on their personal computers. This will be the same version that is loaded on campus computer and that is given to student to use on their personal machines. To find out more about how to get this software installed on your computer, please contact the Help Desk at Help@MICA.edu / (410) 225 - 2201 or click this link.

3D Modeling software - Recently, the Autodesk Corporation, owners of 3D Studio, Maya, AutoCAD, and a host of other architectural, animation and 3D modeling software, has made all of its software free to students, faculty and educational institutions. Go to http://www.autodesk.com/education/home to learn more about how you can get this amazing software free to use on personal computers.

If there are other software applications that are needed due to teaching responsibilities at MICA, these requests will be take on a per-case basis. TSS will consult with the academic deans to determine if and how support for these applications will be provided.

Please go to the Downloadable Faculty Resource page and download the form to apply for this software support. Once the form has been filled out, have it signed by the appropriate department chair or graduate director and then send it on to Jan Stinchcomb, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty for final approval. If approved, Technology Services will contact you to make the software available to you.