Getting Started - New Faculty

New faculty in the Social Sciences Division can follow a few basic steps to purchase a new computer and connect to the University of Chicago's campus network.

Purchasing New Hardware and Software

If you are a new faculty member and need to purchase a new computer and software packages, here's what to do:

  1. Contact your Business Manager at the Social Sciences Division Local Business Center. Your Business Manager will assist you in processing your computer purchase.
  2. For specialized advice and recommendations on the optimal purchase for your needs and budget, contact the SSCS Desktop Support Group. We will be happy to assist you in making your purchase decision.
  3. Consult the University of Chicago's Buysite system for the latest information on IT equipment purchases. Through this system you or your LBC Business Manager can purchase computer hardware and software.
  4. Check the University's site licenses before making any decisions regarding software purchases. 

Once you have made your purchasing decision and received your order, the SSCS Desktop Support Group will help you set up your new system along with any peripheral devices (printer, scanner, external storage devices, etc.) and install any licensed or purchased software.

Getting Connected

As a new faculty member at the University of Chicago, Information Technology Services (IT Services) allots you one University email account. In order to begin using your email account within the uchicago.edu domain, follow these easy steps:

  1. Visit the University of Chicago's CNet Account Management Page.
  2. Click "Create your CNetID and Password".
  3. Enter the requested information and click "Next".
  4. On the next page, carefully read the informarion from IT Services. This will tell how you to claim and use your email account at the University of Chicago.

Once you have claimed and created your account, the last thing to do is set up your computer for access to the campus network and the rest of the Internet. It's important that your machine be properly configured and inventoried once you've set up your account. Please contact us and schedule an appointment for setting up your computer.

For more information on getting set up with computing and networking services on campus, please see IT Services's Popular Services.