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Teaching Guidelines

Important to Know and Do

Follow the Law: HB 2504

All faculty members must comply with House Bill 2504 to make public vita and syllabi, among other requirements, including ordering books by specific dates. HB 2504 Website provides more specific details and requirements.

Follow Policy and Procedures

The Policy and Procedure Statements (PPSs) in section four focus on teaching. Most immediately relevant to you is PPS 4.01, which identifies policies about the conduct and planning of courses, including course policies, grades, syllabi, and examinations. If you read through the document, you will see that syllabi should contain learning outcomes, final exam dates, a schedule, other policies, and more. Learn more details about course policies and procedures in the Faculty Handbook. Your academic unit may have additional policies and procedures.

Report Students in Need: P.A.W.S. Alert

If you have any concerns about a Texas State University student, please take a minute to use the Positive Action With Students system, P.A.W.S. Alert, to let someone know your concern. This early warning initiative identifies concerns about students in need. People in appropriate offices contact the student in effort to make a successful intervention. Referrals often relate to academic deficiencies, career, personal, social, physical, and emotional challenges.

Faculty Development Resources

The Office of Professional Development dedicates itself to helping you further your professional career.

Academic Development and Assessment aims to improve teaching and learning through planning outcomes, monitoring achievements, and developing strategies. In addition to New Tenure-Track Faculty Orientation and the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, they offer faculty workshops, special events, and a small library of related books and journals.

Library Services

Library Services Alkek Library includes services for supporting you with student uses of library resources.

Instructional Technologies Support (ITS), Alkek Library, Room 108
 (512) 245-2319

ITS provides support and resources for teaching with technology. To support the faculty, ITS provides instructional technologies, training courses, tutorials, documentation, and group or 1:1 guidance. ITS has five departments: Administrative Support Classroom Technologies, Educational Technology Center, Instructional Design, and Academic Computing.

Classroom Technologies

Classroom Technologies maintains hardware and software in 1st-call classrooms that have a set of standard software, large teaching theaters, and video conferencing classrooms in San Marcos and Round Rock. For immediate help in 1st-call classrooms call Emergency Classroom Support: 512- 245-4822.

Educational Technology Center

The Educational Technology Center provides instructional technologies, consultations about copyright in a digital realm, and consultations about newer and emerging technologies such as streaming video, social media, and virtual learning.

Course management system: TRACS (Teaching Research and Collaboration System), an open-source system, Sakai, customized for Texas State University

Virtual classroom: Adobe Connect for use in online or hybrid class courses.

Plagiarism checker and online grading tool: Turnitin to check papers for improperly cited materials or potential cases of plagiarism

Instructional Design

Instructional Design helps faculty members effectively integrate instructional technologies and learning goals within face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

Academic Computing

Academic Computing supports student open computer labs as well as limited availability in a Distance Learning Virtual Lab where students in computer-based or correspondence courses can access software that is usually available only on campus.

International Office 

The International Office helps faculty and students comply with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations and assists with employment of non-immigrant faculty members. Students can benefit from educational opportunities to learn about perspectives of colleagues and students. It helps students adjust and provides a good place to meet others. 

FAQs about Teaching

These questions are common among new and some experienced faculty members.

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