Instructor’s Handbook

Department of American Studies
University of Maryland College Park

Section 1: University of Maryland Teaching Policies & General Procedures

1-1 — Teaching Policies & Guidelines for Faculty Affairs: https://www.faculty.umd.edu/teach/index.html

1-2 — Graduate School Policies for Graduate Assistantships: http://apps.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/assistantship_policies.htm

1-3 — Statement on Classroom Climate:  http://www.faculty.umd.edu/teach/classclimate.html

1-4 — Student Honor Council statement for syllabi (academic integrity): http://amst.umd.edu/Student_Honor_Council_Statement.pdf

1-5 — Course evaluations (online)

Information about: https://www.irpa.umd.edu/Assessment/CourseEval/CourseEval.html

Instructor Access to Course Evaluations: https://www.courseevalum.umd.edu

1-6 — Sexual Misconduct, Title IX Office: http://www.umd.edu/Sexual_Misconduct/sexual-misconduct/

UM Policy: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi120a.html

Worksheets: http://amst.umd.edu/Sexual_Harassment_Worksheets.pdf

1-7 — Monitoring academic progress of athletes request: http://amst.umd.edu/Academic_Progress_of_Athletes.pdf

 

Section 2 — Grading & Attendance Policies

2-1 — University attendance and assessment policy from Testudo: http://www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm/show/content.section/c/27/ss/1584/s/1540

2-2 — Faculty Handbook of Policies & Resources Attendance Policies: http://www.faculty.umd.edu/teach/attendance.html

2-3 — CTE (Now TLTF) Intro to Attendance Policies & Resources for Students: http://www.faculty.umd.edu/TeachUM/ThirdTeachingUM.doc

2-4 — Grading and Exam Policies, Incomplete “I” Grades (Faculty Handbook): http://www.faculty.umd.edu/teach/grading.htm

2-5 — Grading system: http://www.faculty.umd.edu/teach/grades.html

2-6 — CTE Teaching @ UM #5: Intro to Grading Policies and Resources: http://www.faculty.umd.edu/TeachUM/FifthTeachingUM.doc

2-7 — Faculty Affairs Preparing for the Semester’s End: https://www.faculty.umd.edu/teach/TeachUM_8.html

 

Section 3 — Sample Grading Criteria & Rubrics

3-1 — Effective Structures for Assessment: http://amst.umd.edu/Effective_Structures_for_Assessment.pdf

3-2 — Policies and Standards/ Grading Criteria: UMD Department of English (ENGL 101): http://amst.umd.edu/Grading_Criteria_UMD_Engl_Dept.pdf

3-3 — “Philosophy of Grading”: Hood College, English department: http://amst.umd.edu/Hood_College_Engl_Dept_Philosophy_of_Grading.pdf

3-4 — Resources on Developing Rubrics

“Using Rubrics to Grade Student Performance,” by Dawn M. Zimmaro: http://www.learningace.com/doc/504042/404164941e7b06d9fda890a126a2e305/using-rubrics-to-grade-student-performance-10-15-07

UT-Austin Center for Teaching and Learning: http://www.ctl.utexas.edu/node/475

UT-Austin School of Undergraduate Studies: http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/teaching/writing/grading/rubrics

“Developling and Using Rubrics for Assessing, Grading, and Improving Student Learning” by Mary J. Allen, SACS-COC Summer Institute: http://assessment.aas.duke.edu/documents/DevelopingandUsingRubrics.pdf

3-5 — Sample rubrics: http://amst.umd.edu/Sample_Rubrics.pdf

 

Section 4 Teaching Resources and Online Assistance

4-1 — Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC, formerly CTE) Resources

Teaching Resource Guide (updated at the start of the academic year): http://tltc.umd.edu/resources/docs/TRG.pdf

Teaching and Learning Program: http://www.cte.umd.edu/UTLP/index.html

CTE Newsletter Archive: http://www.cte.umd.edu/teaching/newsletter/index.html

Faculty Programs: http://www.cte.umd.edu/programs/faculty/index.html

Graduate Student Programs: http://www.cte.umd.edu/programs/graduate/index.html

4-2 — “A Brief Summary of the Best Practices in College Teaching,” by Tom Drummond: http://teaching.uncc.edu/articles-books/best-practice-articles/course-development/best-practices

4-3 — Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia: http://www.ctl.uga.edu

Strategies for the First Weeks of Class: http://www.ctl.uga.edu/sites/default/files/FirsWeeksTAOrientation2010.pdf

4-4 — Suggestions for Leading Discussion Sections (Page 4), UMD Dept. of Philosophy: http://www.philosophy.umd.edu/sites/philosophy.umd.edu/files/ta_handbook.pdf

4-5 — Online Teaching Considerations: http://amst.umd.edu/Online_Teaching_Considerations.pdf

4-6 — Building a Class Website: http://catalyst.washington.edu/help/planning/class_web.html

4-7 — Goals for the Electronic Discussion, from Ohio State University, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching: http://amst.umd.edu/Goals_for_Electronic_Discussion_OSU_Center_for_Advancement_of_Teaching.pdf

4-8 — 7 Things You Should Know About Wikis: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7004.pdf

4-9 — Activities for Online Forums, from Centre for Enhancing Learning and Teaching at Charles Sturt University: http://amst.umd.edu/Activities_for_Online_Forums_Charles_Sturt_Univ.pdf

4-10 — Library Course Reserves Information: http://www.lib.umd.edu/PUBSERV/RESERVE/student.html

4-11 — The Library’s American Studies area specialist: Eric Lindquist, 301-314-7266, ericl@umd.edu

4-12 — University Counseling Center & Disability Services: http://www.counseling.umd.edu/ http://www.counseling.umd.edu/DSS/

4-13 — Instructions for Computer/Projector Setup (Room 2113, formerly 1108 HZF): http://amst.umd.edu/Computer_Laptop_Instructions.pdf

4-14 — OIT Academic Technologies: http://it.umd.edu/academic_technology

Overview: http://amst.umd.edu/OIT_Learning_Technologies.pdf

ELMS login page: https://elms.umd.edu/

CANVAS Instructor Support: http://elms.umd.edu/page/instructor-support

4-15 — ARHU Online Teaching Tips: http://amst.umd.edu/ARHU-Online-Teaching-Tips.pdf