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Teaching Philosophy

The School prides itself on high quality teaching. Faculty believe courses should be rigorous with up-to-date information from an informed instructor. Faculty members are responsible for helping students reach the desired outcomes in the course description. They have high expectations for students and plan quality instruction and active learning opportunities which will enhance a student's achievement. Sound educational principles must be followed. Faculty in the School will be expected to abide by these expectations, plus the following:

  • Set, post, and keep regular office hours or to be easily accessible to students for course consultation.
  • Meet all classes where and when scheduled.
  • Conform to the departmental course description for each course assigned.
  • Prepare a syllabus, which clearly specifies course requirements and grading policies.
  • If the course is approved as an ACE (Achievement-Centered Education) course, syllabus must be updated to include the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that is to be achieved, a brief description of the opportunities the course provides for students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the SLO(s), and a brief description of the graded assignments that will be used to assess the students' achievement of the SLO(s). Throughout the course, collect samples of student work on key assignments that demonstrate how well they are achieving the SLO(s). At the end of the course, submit via BlackBoard the samples and a one-page reflection statement that describes the sampling strategy, how the student work demonstrates achievement of the learning outcome, and any changes that could be made to improve student learning. Adhere to deadlines for submitting reports.
  • Distribute the syllabus to the Alumni Coordinator no later than the first day of class.
  • Distribute the syllabus to the students no later than the end of the first week of class.
  • Conduct end of semester course evaluations for faculty and teaching assistants in all sections.
  • Manage course paperwork, including grades, in a timely manner.
  • Respond to email and phone messages within 48 hours of receiving them.
  • Participate in an annual performance evaluation.
  • Notify students and the Director's Office if a class is cancelled due to faculty illness.

Courses will be based on the course description which is made public in the University bulletin. A copy of the course description and sample syllabus (if the course has been taught previously) is available to new teaching faculty.

It is critical that courses reflect both our Doctoral/Research Extensive status and Land grant mission and are research-based and practical whenever possible and appropriate. Instructors must know and use the theories related to their content. Personal or anecdotal stories or examples can be used but must illustrate a theory or known best practice.