From Danielle Nicole DeVoss on August 14th, 2020
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Every early fall, we ask faculty to think about what courses they’d like to potentially teach for the coming year. So right now, we’re working on creating a Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 schedule.
The way this process works is that we send out a Google Form and ask all faculty to fill it out. Graduate students complete a separate Google Form.
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The form has some questions about when you prefer to teach, where you prefer to teach, and how you prefer to teach (for instance, face-to-face only, hybrid, online-only).
It also invites faculty to indicate interest in teaching in the first-year writing program, our undergraduate majors (Public and Professional Writing and/or Experience Architecture), and our graduate program.
The form is for indicating interest. If you don’t indicate interest, we may not know what days and times you prefer to teach, what format you prefer to teach in, or if you want to find out more about teaching an upper-level undergrad class or a grad seminar.
After we send out the Google Form, the chair and associate chairs work together to create a draft schedule based on student need and demand.
We then use the interest forms faculty have filled out to start staffing classes. If you have indicated interest interest in teaching P2W, XA, or in the grad program, there are some next steps you should take to pursue that interest.
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Preparing to teach in the undergrad or grad programs might include:
* requesting a meeting with the appropriate associate chair to follow up on the interest you indicated on the Google Form
* sitting in on current classes
* reviewing the syllabi of the class or classes you’re interested in potentially teaching
* reaching out to current faculty teaching those classes to learn more about their approach
* having conversations with and about our students to get to know them and their interests better
And we can certainly help to facilitate these processes!
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With this in mind, please fill out the teaching interest survey no later than TIME and DATE. We start this process so early because WRAC staff have to input the schedule into the university system in October. This October. If you have any questions, please feel free to see Jackie Rhodes, our department chair; Julie Lindquist, our Director of First-Year Writing; Casey McArdle, Associate Chair and Director of Undergrad Studies; or me--Danielle Nicole DeVoss, Associate Chair and Director of Grad Studies.
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