Teaching Guidelines + Resources

Teaching Load Guidelines

Faculty who are fully engaged in research, as measured by scholarly output, are expected to teach two courses per academic year at either the graduate or undergraduate level. A department chair may, in consultation with the Dean, reduce the teaching load for an individual but only under unusual circumstances and for a limited time period.

The teaching load may also be reduced for faculty with heavy administrative responsibilities, e.g., deans, department chairs, etc.

Conversely, those faculty with limited research involvement, as defined above, are expected to teach as many as four courses per academic year and/or to assume other duties in the department or school.

Resources for Teaching Support

Course Setup Resources

For assistance with: Visit:
Choosing Textbooks Faculty Center Network – It is intended to serve faculty by providing robust information on textbooks to help faculty make informed adoption decisions.
Ordering books; getting a sample copy Your Department Administrator; Penn Bookstore
Assessing pedagogical approaches for the course Center for Teaching and Learning; Learning Resources Center
Developing your syllabus Center for Teaching and Learning
Incorporating information literacy/lifelong learning competencies Engineering Library
Setting up your course web site Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS)
Creating a web-based course guide for assignments and research Engineering Library
Scanning course material, readings, or old exams for course web site Engineering Library
Putting books and materials on reserve at the Library Engineering Library
Printing course handouts SEAS Copy Center: 215-898-8115; Your Department Administrator
Arranging student access to labs Computing and Educational Technology Services; Your Department Administrator
Managing your teaching assistant or grader Contact the Office of Research and Academic Services (RAS)
Enhancing your teaching skills Center for Teaching and Learning
Checking your previous course evaluations My Course Evaluations

Current Course Resources

For assistance with: Visit:
Seeing your class list(s) with pictures of the students Courses InTouch
Accommodating students with disabilities Learning Resources Center
Using classroom technology Computing and Educational Technology Services
Sending emails to the class Class Mailing List FAQ
Posting midterm grades online privately Computing and Educational Technology Services
Getting library books delivered to your departmental office Faculty Document Delivery Service
Getting articles and papers delivered via email Faculty Document Delivery Service
Improve classroom dynamics Center for Teaching and Learning
Enable students to hear you better Computing and Educational Technology Services
Make more effective use of your teaching assistant Center for Teaching and Learning
Discourage and Detect plagiarism Engineering Library
Advising Support Contact the Office of Research and Academic Services (RAS)

Current Student Resources

To help a student: Visit:
Improve technical communication skills EAS 510 Course
Work effectively in groups Learning Resources Center
Find peer-reviewed research results Engineering Library
Evaluate material they find on the web Engineering Library
Manage time and projects effectively Learning Resources Center
Improve their writing Learning Resources Center
Improve their oral presentations Communication Within the Curriculum
Develop additional reading strategies Learning Resources Center
Read, write and study in their second language Learning Resources Center
Find a tutor Tutoring Center
Improve study skills Learning Resources Center
Improve math skills Tutoring Center
Find a mentor
Get support during a serious problem Contact the Office of Research and Academic Services (RAS); Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); Wellness Information