To receive a copy of the Handbook for Teaching College Composition at the University of Dayton, please contact the Director of Writing Programs.
At the Beginning of the Term
- 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.
- Submit an electronic copy of each syllabus (including course schedule) to one of the English Department administrative assistants, Laura Kolaczkowski or Carol Wilbanks;
- 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;
- Obtain and evaluate a diagnostic writing sample from each student;
- Consult the Director of Writing Programs if any concerns arise concerning student placement;
- Assign the online library tutorials to sections of ENG 100, ENG 100A/B, and ENG 200H;
- Schedule a library instruction session for sections of ENG 200 and ENG 200H through Heidi Gauder (937-229-4259).
Throughout the Term
- 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;
- Prepare and execute daily lesson plans that are designed to enable students to achieve the student learning outcomes of the course;
- Design all writing assignments in order to enable students to achieve the student learning outcomes of the course;
- Grade all writing assignments and return them to students within two weeks of collecting them;
- 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);
- Address students' concerns in class and during office hours;
- Resolve problems as they arise;
- Facilitate observations of teaching when requested by the Department chair;
- 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;
- 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;
- Attend professional Development workshops within the Department.
At the End of the Term
- Calculate and submit final course grades in accordance with the procedure and by the deadline set by the registrar;
- Respond appropriately and in a timely way to any student concerns or queries about final grades in the course;
- Submit two student portfolios per section of composition taught each term as requested by Director of Writing Programs;
- 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.