As part of your responsibilities, you should strive to:
- Provide in writing during the first week of class course syllabi with contact information, course objectives, class calendar including assignments and due dates, attendance and other university policies, and grading standards.
- Use teaching methods that are appropriate to the stated objectives of the course.
- Be well versed in the knowledge of the subject matter.
- Be well prepared for class.
- Be interested in what you teach.
- Administer meaningful and well-constructed measures of learning.
- Be fair and reasonable in evaluating students.
- Grade and return examinations, papers, and other written assignments within two weeks of their due dates.
- Be available during your posted office hours.
- Encourage questions and intelligent, independent thought by students.
- Respond to questions to the best of your ability.
- Try to motivate students with a variety of examples that show practical applications of course content.
- Treat students with courtesy and respect within and outside of the classroom.
A Note on Conflict Resolution: Never get in an argument with a student, especially if the student is baiting you or calling you names. However, you do not have to take abuse. When a situation gets heated, remember that you are the adult and the professional. Keep your voice calm; don't get defensive but try to defuse the situation. Stop the exchange and tell the student to meet with you later after he or she has calmed down. If the student threatens you, ask the student to leave, and if he or she does not call security immediately.