Time-SENSITIVE Semester Duties

Start of Semester

  1. Classroom, Technology, Textbooks: Before the start of classes, find your classroom, determine how to work the classroom technology, and locate your textbooks in the bookstore.
  2. Roster: Directly before your first class, download your class roster.
    • PAWS > Faculty & Advisors >
      • Week at a Glance: Click on your class, then click on Roster: Classlist
      • Summary Class List
      • GCSU Quick Course Roster by CRN (Instructors only): Use this option to view your roster with photos.
  3. Attendance, Syllabus: On the first day of class, take attendance and go over the syllabus.
    • Some instructors use a get-to-know-you activity.
    • You can either print out or project your syllabus. If you project your syllabus, make sure that your students receive your syllabus electronically on either a faculty website or GeorgiaVIEW. Do not email the syllabus because because the email could get lost in the server or by the student.
  4. Seat Modifiers
    • Do not add more students to a class than the amount of desks/seats in the assigned classroom. Here are the seat totals for each room in A&S. The number of desks in each room is based on square footage as directed by state fire codes.
    • Although instructors are within their rights to add students if there are enough physical seats in the room, I advise you not to add students to our 23 student composition courses. According to the 4Cs, "No more than 20 students should be permitted in any writing class. Ideally, classes should be limited to 15" (NCTE).—Coordinator of the Teaching Fellows, January 2010
    • Moreover, I formally request that you not overenroll students to our composition courses because it sends a message to the administration that some composition instructors believe composition can be taught with 24 and 25 students in a classroom and risks the administration raising the enrollment cap on all composition courses, effectively giving your colleagues more papers to grade and a more challenging atmosphere in which to lead class discussion.—Coordinator of the Teaching Fellows, November 2011
  5. Classrooms
    • Please do not move desks, chairs, overhead projectors, etc. Doing so will only create problems for others.
    • Please lock any classroom that has equipment (computers, ceiling projectors, TVs, etc.) when the room is not occupied.
    • Please turn off the projectors.
    • If you need a desk for a handicapped student, please contact Terri Pope (A&S Building) or Melinda Martin (other buildings) with the classroom location. We have a few special desks, and we need to keep up with where they are in order to help accommodate the students.—A&S Building Manager, August 2010
  6. Honors Options can only be supervised by tenure-line faculty.—Steve Elliott-Gower, Honors Director, August 2008
  7. No Show Notification: Fill out the No Show Notification at the start of the second week of class. Only count a student as a No Show if she missed the first full week of class.
    • PAWS > Faculty & Advisors > No Show Notification

Middle of Semester

  1. Midterm Grades: Using the grade of the first major paper, which was due at least two weeks prior to midsemester, and any other grades, fill out midterm grades by the eighth week of the semester (the Registrar will send an email reminder of the date).
    • PAWS > Faculty & Advisors > Mid Term Grades

End of Semester

  1. Student Opinion Surveys
  2. Incomplete Agreement Form: Confer with the Coordinator before giving a student an incomplete. Incompletes are typically only given when an emergent condition, like a family emergency or illness in the last week of class, prevents a student, who was otherwise attending class and submitting assignments regularly, from completing the last major assignment.
  3. Final Grades: Should you receive inquiries about your final grades from your students, the best practice is to respond within one or two days.  If a student asks you to change her final grade, explain that you can only do so if you made a calculation error, then show her the rationale for her final paper grade as well as your computations for her course grade. Do not change a grade unless you made a calculation error, and confer with the Coordinator before changing a grade.
  4. Save student papers for twelve months.