Resources for Teaching

  1. Writing Center. It's impossible to have set foot in Helen C. White without knowing about our world-famous Writing Center, so I feel a little silly listing it. But I couldn't create a list of helpful resources for instructors without mentioning their superb workshops and individual writing instruction sessions first. For more, see http://writing.wisc.edu/index.html
  2. Book Orders. If you post your book orders on Faculty Center, they will be automatically forwarded to the University Bookstore (which is an independent bookstore). If you would like your students to buy their books at another bookstore--such as Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative (http://rainbowbookstore.coop/faculty-book-orders) or A Room of One's Own (http://www.roomofonesown.com/)--please do place orders and encourage your students to buy their books there.
  3. Attracting New Majors. One of our most important collective tasks right now is to build the English major. As you put together your syllabi, please consider inviting either of our two amazing Karens--undergraduate advisor Karen Redfield (redfield@wisc.edu) or career advisor Karen Knipschild (kknipsch@wisc.edu)--to give a short presentation to your classes about why it's a fabulous idea to choose and declare an English Major.
  4. Software Training for Students. If you have been thinking of assigning a digital project to your students, but can't or don't want to teach tech skills, you don't have to worry. You can ask STS to offer free custom training sessions for your class on the software of your choice (WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop, iMovie--you name it). They will work with your class schedule. I had a great experience with them this past spring. See http://sts.doit.wisc.edu/sr_information.aspx.
  5. Design Lab. Like a writing center for new media projects, Design Lab, located in College Library, can help your students to design knowledge with digital images, text, sound, and data to present ideas in new forms and reach diverse audiences. Consultants there offer workshops and make individual appointments with students. They will also meet with faculty to help you to design and assess assignments: http://designlab.wisc.edu
  6. UW Teaching Academy. Offering workshops and online resources and discussions, the Teaching Academy organizes initiatives such as the Go Big Read project (the book for 2013-14 is Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being): https://tle.wisc.edu/teaching-academy
  7. Plagiarism Policy. Some students have apparently avoided penalties for academic misconduct by pleading ignorance when accused of plagiarism. It's a good idea to make a formal statement about plagiarism on every assignment as well as on your syllabus. If you do find evidence of plagiarism, it's not hard to report it--contrary to popular belief. The Dean of Students Office has outlined a pretty clear process, which I myself have unfortunately used several times. See http://www.students.wisc.edu/doso/academic-integrity/
  8. Shared Writing Criteria. A few years ago, several of us noted a common misconception on the part of undergraduates. They would tell us that every professor wants something different in written papers. And so they go from class to class trying to please the instructor, rather than seeing themselves as developing great writing skills for use throughout their lives. David Zimmerman and I collected faculty assignments, and drew up a list of "shared goals for paper-writing" for students, which can be found here.
  9. Course Packets. As many of you already know, you can now put together course packets entirely paper-free. You can scan books and articles using the 7th-floor copiers, or scanners in College or Memorial Library (there's a really snazzy scanner on the second floor of Memorial). Then you can just send the PDFs to Student Print, the non-profit student run print shop on East Campus Mall. See http://studentprint.rso.wisc.edu/?page_id=36. Student Print follows these copyright rules:
  • Published materials before 1923 are considered public domain and can be printed
  • Materials that are no longer in print and not readily available can be printed in their entirety
  • If you are creating a course packet for a course you've taught before, Student Print requires that the copyrighted material change by 30%
  • Student Print will not print 2/3 of any book (except for material no longer readily available), Harvard Journal, or Princeton Review
  • For questions, call 608.262.6216 or email stuprint@rso.wisc.edu

Travel and E-reimbursement 

  1. Department Guidelines on Travel and E-reimbursement are available here.