Faculty Expectations

Classroom instructors want their students to learn essential information from their area of expertise, develop some of the skills they have mastered and acquire informed perspectives. Using various teaching techniques, professors seek to promote students’ learning and success. They seek to guide and motivate students and outline the body of knowledge to be learned. The college professor teaches, but only students can learn. Knowing what faculty members expect of students may help to maximize learning opportunities.

Instructors expect students to:

  • Be informed about course policies provided in the syllabus and the policies of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Attend all classes, except when emergencies arise, since they will be present and on time for every scheduled class meeting, if health and weather allow.
  • Be an active participant, take notes and ask appropriate questions. Students’ involvement in class will benefit them and other students.
  • Treat them and fellow students with courtesy, tolerance and respect and refrain from behaviors that may distract others. All students deserve a positive learning environment.
  • Cultivate effective study strategies and use study time wisely.
  • Seek help from them when needed and use the resources provided by the university.
  • Study course material routinely after each meeting.
  • Stick to a regular study schedule and avoid cramming.
  • Submit finished assignments on time and avoid postponing work on assignments.
  • Accept the challenge of collegiate studying, thinking and learning.
  • Anticipate that the level and quantity of work in some courses will exceed their
    prior experience.
  • Set realistic academic goals and schedules for themselves, particularly if they have other responsibilities such as work and family.
  • Select an academic load whose demands do not exceed their available time and energy.
  • Let no temptation cause them to surrender their integrity.