Resources for Part-time or Full-time teachers at the School of Engineering & Technology
Last Modified: Sep 20th 2018
The first task that you have to tackle once you agree to teach a course is to create a Syllabus. A well-organized Syllabus is a great way to start the course. Talk to the instructors who taught this course before to get some insight and request them to add you to their Canvas or whatever means of delivery that they use.
1) Where to find Syllabi
If you are teaching a course that has already been taught before, get a copy of the latest Syllabus from the shared drive at S:\Institute_of_Technology\General\Administrative Coordinator - PNK 305\Course Syllabi Archive cab. If you don’t have access to the Shared drive, please email Zaide at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consistent and timely grading to provide feedback is important to be an effective teacher. List your percentages and grading policies in your Syllabus. If you are teaching a course with 35 or more students or if you have a 3 course load (lecturers), you can request a grader. Set your expectations with the grader and give them a clear rubric on how to grade and when it should be completed. You can have them fill out the rubric and leave comments in there for you. It is important to check the grader’s work and adjust the grades if necessary.
Here are some examples of grading policies:
Final grades at UW are numeric, as described in the UW Scholastic Regulations:
Some of us use the attached grading scale as there is no standard policy for how percentages translate to grade. Feel free to make your own and it is a good idea to have this in the Syllabus.
DO NOT grade on attendance or behavior as it is against UW policy. You can however grade on participation but this needs to be clear in the Syllabus and how the participation grading is done must be explained clearly with a rubric. No more than 15% should be towards participation.
It's a good idea to have some expectations about the use of electronics in the classroom.
3) Group work
Josh Tenenberg has developed a number of policies for structuring student groupwork for balancing the inherent conflict between individual and collective interest inherent with all group efforts, found in his Groupwork Requirements document. Please note this document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which places obligations on anyone wishing to use or adapt these. He has also published a paper entitled “An institutional analysis of software teams” in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies that provides the theoretical foundations (in political science, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, and behavioral economics) on which these groupwork policies are based. Slides
4) Peer Reviews
If you are interested in using peer review as part of grading, Donald Chinn has a process that is documented at Donald's Peer Review Process
5) Boilerplate for Institute support
Institute Support: Please maintain communication with the Institute advisors regarding your studies and notify them of any personal or learning struggles. It’s important to reach out early. http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/academic-advising
Institute Labs: Key cards for access to the INSTTECH general development labs (DOU 110, SCI 106/108) are available at the Campus Safety Office (DOU 180) on the first day of the quarter. If you registered late, it can take two or more business days after you register before your key card is ready. Additional information about the Institute's computer labs can be found at: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/technology-labs
If you are teaching CES or EE courses, you may need to request access to CP206D. Stephen Rondeau would be the contact person.
6) UWT Service statements
Add the following service statements to your Syllabus or link to the url. Read these yourself and let your students know of all the resources that are available to them. http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/faculty-assembly/service-statements
2. Student Support
1) Student Lab mentoring (Only available for CSS)
There are a number of ways students can get help in the Institute programs and on campus. We generally recommend that students see their professor during office hours. However, not all students are comfortable with that, so there are other support systems on campus.
CSS Mentors are undergrads in the labs (DOU 110) that can help students (tutor-style) for most of the intro classes (e.g. 142, 143, 305, 321, 333, 371) and even some of the “middle” classes (e.g. 342). http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/institute-student-mentors-program
2) 390 Workshops
Sections of TCSS 390 are optional problem-solving workshops that meet 4 hours per week. Students sign up for credit (C/NC). In these workshops, students practice working on problems related to the course they are taking. Specific sections of TCSS 390 correspond to different lecture sections. Typically, 390A is for 143, 390B is for 321, 390C is for 342, and 390D is for 343. (Sections E, F, and G are offered if we need extra sections.)
The other programs (IT and CES) also have workshops, but they are organized a little differently than the CSS workshops. Please contact the IT (Bryan Goda), EE (Max Laddomada) and CES chairs (Max Laddomada) about those workshops.
3) One on One Tutoring
The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) on the UW Tacoma campus is a resource for all students on campus. It is organized in two areas: writing and quantitative. Writing tutors can help with writing (TCSS 325 - Computer Ethics), and the quantitative people at the TLC help with all things quantitative (pre-calc, calc, statistics). For our students, the quantitative part of the TLC can be helpful for TCSS 321 (Discrete Math) and other courses that require writing proposals. The TLC website can be found at https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/teaching-learning-center/teaching-learning-center
The advisors are important people in students’ academic planning. In cases when your class if full, please communicate with the advisors if you are planning to overload and that you are okay to enroll a student in your class.
If you are unsure at all about the Institute’s practices regarding overloading courses or any other issue that the advisors are involved in, then you should not commit anything to a student and then consult with the advisors so that we are all consistent and fair with how we deal with such situations. Our undergraduate advisors are Beth Jeffrey, David Ross and Megan Reardon and graduate advisor is Curtis Black. The advising website can be found at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/academic-advising
3. Teacher Support
1) TAs and Graders
TAs: 142 and 142 get a TA for the lab session. There are currently no other courses that have this option.
1) 35 students in one course - 5 hours with a grader
2) 70+ students - 10 hours that can be distributed between two graders or one grader.
It's very important that you make sure that your grader doesn't overcharge and that you keep tabs on their hours.
2) Teaching Support: Who to go to?
Graders and TAs - Zaide
CSS Lab Mentors - Monika Sobolewska
CSS Facilitators - Charles Bryan & Donald Chinn
Servers and Labs - Stephen Rondeau
3) Faculty Peer Mentors
The Dean assigns each faculty member a mentor using the mentoring process.
4) Course Management Software (Canvas or No Canvas)
Lecture Capture software Resources
A Canvas course template that you can use to organize your course at https://itconnect.uw.edu/learn/tools/canvas/canvas-help-for-instructors/getting-started/canvas-course-template/.
2) UW Website Publishing Services
You can create your own customized website with UW’s web publishing at
Some samples at
5) Institute Labs and software/hardware
Institute's lab web page can be reached at http://css.insttech.washington.edu/~lab/
Stephen Rondeau is the main computer and network administrator for all labs and Bob Landowski and Christopher Barrett are the lab support engineers for the CES program and its electronics equipment and parts.
Faculty lab web page is at http://css.insttech.washington.edu/~lab/faculty/index.html
Presentaton from Stephen Rondeau is at http://css.insttech.washington.edu/~lab/faculty/insttech_labs.pdf
4. Directed Readings or Research
Students (undergrad or grad) will approach you to be their faculty sponsor for their self-study (readings) or research or internship. Some students do this to get out of taking a course. Do not agree to this commitment unless if it is your area of interest or know that it is a hard working student and that there isn’t already a course that covers this subject area. Set expectations and deliverables that you mutually agree on and make sure that they are documented in the Syllabus.
The course application forms for 498 (Directed Readings) /499 (Directed Research) /497 (Internships) can be found at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/undergraduate-resources
CSS Faculty only - All 497 students (internships) are sponsored by a single instructor starting Autumn 2017.
5. Student Internships
CSS Faculty only - All 497 students (internships) are sponsored by a single instructor starting Autumn 2017. Please ask the CSS student to approach Monika Sobolewska at email@example.com.
Andrew Fry is the contact for all internships. You can find all the information that you need at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/internships.
6. Collegial Evaluation of Teaching & Annual Reports
The Institute has developed a policy for the collegial evaluation of teaching, undertaken yearly.
Annual reports for each faculty member are due in April for every academic year and can be found at the same website.
7. Wish someone had told me these things before
1) Make up testing
Make up testing is available on request by the faculty. You do have to make arrangements early and fill up some forms. Follow the link to get more details. http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/oue-intranet/makeup-testing-faculty-instructions
2) MyUW Portal
View your class list, look at the mug shots of students, submit grades, access your schedule, order textbooks, submit grades at https://my.uw.edu/
3) Teaching Success Tips
4) Faculty Resources
How to use your phone, how to get desk copies of textbooks, how to get copies done (email firstname.lastname@example.org), etc. http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/set/faculty-resources
One Minute Message Responses from fellow faculty.