Classroom Etiquette & Faculty Expectations Adapted from a presentation by Dr. Elaine Lacey, USCA Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy Presented by Tim Bond, Academic Advisor USC Aiken Academic Success Center September 2007
What are YOUR expectations?
What did you expect college faculty to be like?
How are university classes different from high school?
What has surprised you?
How have your professors met and/or exceeded the expectations you brought to USC Aiken?
This is your college career, so you are expected to be professional .
Be present & punctual.
Come prepared to work and to learn.
Participate in class.
Treat your faculty and peers with respect.
Be Professional: Be present & punctual.
Professionals show up when expected, arriving on time.
If you miss work or are late, your pay is reduced. You may even be written up or fired if it continues.
When you are absent from class, you miss what is taught that day and the chance to take part in the discussion.
If you must be absent, let your instructors know in advance.
Check your syllabus in each course for attendance policy. Absences and tardiness might affect your grade.
If you are late for class, you miss information, interrupt the professor and disrupt learning for other students.
Be Professional: Come prepared everyday.
Faculty expect you to spend at least 2-3 hours outside of class preparing for every hour that you spend in class.
Read assigned materials, taking notes and preparing questions for class discussions.
Be Professional: Complete assignments on time.
Complete work on time.
If you have a project at your job, deadlines must be kept.
Finish class assignments on time and don’t expect an assigned due date to be extended.
Faculty do not have to accept late assignments.
Be Professional: Participate and contribute.
Participate in class.
Your instructors expect you to take part in discussions.
Make appropriate remarks and ask thoughtful questions that add to the conversation.
Debate is important in learning. Arguments, however, have no place in the classroom.
Be Professional: Show respect for others.
Treat your professors and your classmates with respect.
Consider how you would like to be treated and act accordingly toward others in your learning community.
Respect and learn from people with opinions that differ from your own.
In the classroom:
Be a part of class!
Listen and let others speak.
Take notes when needed.
Stay awake and pay attention.
surf the web
Interact with your professors
Get to know your Faculty.
Read your syllabus and ask for clarification if you have questions.
Stop by during office hours for quick questions. Make an appointment for more involved conversations.
Use e-mail appropriately.
When you have challenges, let your instructors know.
Talk to your professor first.
No results? Talk to department chair (or Vice Chancellor Ozment).
Clearly articulate difficulties on the end of term course evaluation.
Would you like to add anything?
Be sure your name is on the attendance log.
Please complete an evaluation for today’s workshop and place it in the envelope.