Preparing Your Syllabus & Associated Materials
- Use a TCU Syllabus Template to check that you have all of the required elements and to copy and paste mandatory disability and academic integrity content.
- Compare your syllabus against the TCU Syllabus Rubric to find areas of improvement or addition.
- Check your course schedule with the Academic Calendar for holidays and special days when your class might be cancelled, such as convocation.
- Find your Final Exam dates and times to put on your syllabus and course schedule.
- Don’t cancel class if you have to be away for business. Check out TCU’s Don’t Cancel that Class initiative, which allows you schedule a workshop for a class period you are gone. They have a variety of topics, such as stress-resiliency skills, time management, StrengthsQuest training, financial literacy, suicide prevention, community civility, and more. Visit their website for workshop descriptions and to request a workshop for your class.
- Submit your textbook request(s) to the TCU Campus Store through the Follett Discover link in TCU Online. New faculty wishing to place textbook orders who do not have TCU Online access yet can submit requests to the TCU Campus Store at email@example.com.
- See if your course has a Core or WEM designation. Use the resources below to align your course with Core or WEM objectives and requirements.
- Complete your Chair Conversation Checklist to align your course policies to the department’s norms and expectations.
- Prepare your course’s TCU Online shell. Though not mandatory, many faculty across the university use TCU Online, our learning management system, to post content for classes, maintain their gradebook,and accept student homework submissions or quizzes. Log in to TCU Online with your TCU username. (Users will be able to login to TCU Online if they have Set up their TCU username and 24 hours has passed since their class assignment and user account creation.) If you haven’t been officially assigned to your course in Class Search by the Registrar, please contact the Koehler Center to explain your situation. Learn more about TCU Online or sign up for training. Contact the Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence at 817-257-7434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn how to see your class roster, submit grades, and advise students in My.TCU.Edu.
Policies & Documentation You Should Know
- Read through the Registrar’s information on FERPA and best practices.
- Learn more about Campus Life, which is prepared to deal with critical incidents, crisis management, and also oversees University student discipline cases. For additional information, visit the Campus Life website, call 817-257-7926, or email email@example.com.
- Review the Faculty/Staff Handbook or Part-Time (Adjunct) Faculty Resource Manual for questions about policies. Below are some of the recommended policies to familiarize yourself with. (Policies are listed in the order in which they appear in the Faculty/Staff Handbook.)
- Emergency Actions for Severe Weather
- Notice of Non-Discrimination & Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator
- Campus Life & Absences
- Statement on Professional Ethics
- Academic Responsibilities and Procedures
- Attendance Expectations and Official Absence Policy
- Final Evaluative Exercise Policy
- End of Semester Study Period
- Exception to Final Examination and Study Day Policies for Graduating Students
- Sexual Assault Reporting
- Procedures for Students with Disabilities