Order your Text(s)
The University’s bookstore is operated by Follett and is located in the Athletic and Recreation Center. Textbook order forms are available from the department secretary or, for evening instructors, the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education. When you order your text(s), you will need to provide the following information:
- The course number and section;
- The name of the course;
- Your name;
- Expected enrollment if you have that information; and
- Complete bibliographic information for the text(s) you are ordering, including title, author(s), edition and year, publisher, and any included ancillary materials (e.g., study guide, CD, etc.).
Before the beginning of the semester, you should check to be sure your order has arrived. For that and any other textbook related questions, contact Lucy Green, Textbook Manager, at email@example.com or 508-626-4595.
Prepare your Syllabus
The University expects that every instructor will provide a syllabus to his or her students at the beginning of the semester. The syllabus is used to communicate in writing to your students your expectations for the course and all essential information for the course, including policies, requirements, and grading. Thus, a syllabus should minimally include the following information:
- Faculty name, office address, office phone, and campus e-mail address;
- Home or cell phone (optional);
- Office hours and procedures to contact;
- Required/recommended readings, other materials;
- Course description (from the College Catalog) and course objectives;
- Outline of course content/assignments;
- Course requirements and grading system; and
- Significant course policies, especially regarding attendance, make-ups, submission of late assignments, academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
You should feel comfortable in asking other faculty for copies of their syllabi, especially for course(s) you are teaching for the first time. These will help you to think through your own approach to the course and to various teaching and student evaluation strategies, as well as serving as a guide for the amount of material it is possible to cover.
Get your Syllabus Copied
Large-volume copying projects (that is, for a class) should be done in the University’s Copy Center, located in the Whittemore Library. The staff of the center request that instructors allow three days in order to complete the project. While the turnaround time is often less, this is rarely the case at the start of the semester, when everyone else is also trying to get his/her copying done. Departments also have access to smaller copy machines which are strategically located in the academic buildings. However, these are not intended for, nor designed for, large-volume copying. Departmental copiers are generally for individual professional work. For faculty teaching in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (online or evening courses), all copying should be done at the Copy Center.
Copies of the syllabus should be distributed to all students before the end of the initial class meeting. Copies should also be given to the department chair and the building secretary, or, if you are teaching an online or evening course, to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education.
Calendar of Academic Year
The Academic Calendar is a list of important dates in the academic year. The calendar includes the dates that classes and final exams start and finish and specific holidays and make-up days. It is essential that you check the academic calendar before creating your syllabus.