Faculty Responsibilities

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Composition Instructors ...

To receive a copy of the Handbook for Teaching College Composition at the University of Dayton, please contact the Director of Writing Programs.

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At the start of the term ...

  1. Design a course syllabus that includes the following: 
    • Faculty contact information (including weekly office hours);
    • Catalog description of the course;
    • Student learning outcomes for the course as listed on this website;
    • Policy regarding the collection of student portfolios at the end of the term including how and when portfolios will be collected and what students should include within them;
    • Attendance policy;
    • Explanation of grading for all formal and informal assignments;
    • Policies regarding student submission of papers;
    • Policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism;
    • Policies regarding students with disabilities and identification of resources available to them;
    • Descriptions of major writing assignments;
    • Daily course schedule.
  2. Submit an electronic copy of each syllabus (including course schedule) to one of the English Department administrative assistants, Laura Kolaczkowski or Carol Wilbanks;
  3. Review the syllabus thoroughly with students during the first week of class and make it available to all students in hard copy and/or through Isidore;
  4. Obtain and evaluate a diagnostic writing sample from each student;
  5. Consult the Director of Writing Programs if any concerns arise concerning student placement;
  6. Assign the online library tutorials to sections of ENG 100, ENG 100A/B, and ENG 200H;
  7. Schedule a library instruction session for sections of ENG 200 and ENG 200H through Heidi Gauder (937-229-4259).

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Throughout the term ...

  1. Calculate and submit mid-term grades for first-year students (ENG 100 and 200H) as requested by the registrar, filling out deficiency slips for Ds and Fs;
  2. Prepare and execute daily lesson plans that are designed to enable students to achieve the student learning outcomes of the course;
  3. Design all writing assignments in order to enable students to achieve the student learning outcomes of the course;
  4. Grade all writing assignments and return them to students within two weeks of collecting them;
  5. Hold regular, posted office hours (a minimum of six hours per week or two hours per week per section of composition being taught by the faculty member);
  6. Address students' concerns in class and during office hours;
  7. Resolve problems as they arise;
  8. Facilitate observations of teaching when requested by the Department chair;
  9. Arrange for someone to teach a session of a class if you are unable to do so, and notify the Department office if you must be absent;
  10. Notify the Department office if your class will be meeting outside of the assigned classroom and/or time on any given date, in order to facilitate re-direction of students, as needed;
  11. Attend professional Development workshops within the Department.

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At the end of the term ...

  1. Calculate and submit final course grades in accordance with the procedure and by the deadline set by the registrar;
  2. Respond appropriately and in a timely way to any student concerns or queries about final grades in the course;
  3. Submit two student portfolios per section of composition taught each term as requested by Director of Writing Programs;
  4. Submit a teaching portfolio as requested by the Director of Writing Programs that includes your composition syllabus or syllabi, all formal writing assignment sheets, a short (1-2 page) reflection on your experience in the class, and any other material you would like to include.

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