Teaching, Course Development and Pedagogy
ToggleCourse Development and Assessment
- Assessment of Student Learning (login req.)
Aids in the understanding of teaching, learning and students' academic and cocurricular experiences.
- Academic Calendar
Important dates throughout the academic year.
- Best Practices and Tips for Preparing and Supporting Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
- Brandeis Core
Forms and resources to assist in teaching Brandeis' general education requirements.
- Class Absences / Makeup Quizzes and Exams
Instructors are strongly encouraged to include their individual policies for attendance, quizzes and exams in their syllabi and to discuss them during the first day of class.
- Office of the University Registrar
Clearinghouse for information about enrollment, academic and financial records, class schedules and more.
- Proposing a New Course (pdf)
Proposals for new courses must be approved by a faculty member's department, program or division council, and then by the dean of arts and sciences office.
- Religious Observances
In accordance with university policy, Brandeis instructors should excuse student absences for religious observances.
- Syllabus Checklist
Step-by-step instructions for creating a course syllabus.
- Technology Resources
Information about computers and software; academic and research technologies; media and classrooms; and more.
ToggleFunds to Support Teaching, Course Development and Cocurricular Activities
- Affordable and Open Educational Resources Grants
Supports faculty who are interested in incorporating open educational resources into their courses. Also allows faculty to engage with librarians, instructional designers and faculty fellows from the Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Freishtat Accessible Course Excellence in Teaching Grants
Provides support for faculty to develop expertise in creating course materials that are accessible to students with disabilities.
- Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects
These competitive awards of up to $3,500 per year may be used to support course development.
- Provost's Teaching Innovation Grants
Promotes excellence in teaching through the development of innovative instructional methods, new methods of assessing learning or the redesign of courses using technology.
- School of Arts and Sciences Cocurricular Fund
Available to faculty members, program directors and department chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences to support student-centered programs inside and outside the classroom that enhance and expand educational activities for undergraduate students and/or offer opportunities for meaningful faculty-student interactions.
ToggleResources to Support Faculty Teaching and Learning
- Center for Teaching and Learning
Provides programs and services to support faculty teaching, including workshops and individual consultations.
- Student Accessibility Support
Faculty resources for helping students with disabilities who require accommodations.
- "Support at Brandeis" Website
A central repository of support services and resources for the Brandeis community.
- University Library
Information about course reserves, assistance identifying materials, helping students (and faculty) develop skills in digital literacy and more.
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- Dean of Arts and Sciences Award for Mentoring
Honors a member of the faculty involved in the supervision of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated “outstanding ability as a mentor.”
- Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Honors an individual for his or her outstanding teaching.
- Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and MentoringHonors an individual who is involved in the cocurricular and extracurricular life of the campus and has had a significant impact on students lives as an exceptional teacher, mentor, adviser and friend.
- Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for TeachingHonors a tenure-track faculty member who combines superlative scholarship with inspired teaching.
ToggleTeaching-Related Policies and Forms
- Academic Guidelines on Student Athletes
Guidelines for student-athletes who may need to miss class and ways in which they can work with instructors.
- Course Banking
Upon approval from the dean, faculty members may be eligible to "bank" teaching credits by teaching more in a given semester with a corresponding reduction in time for scholarship/creation, in return for an additional equivalent block of time for a future semester.
- Faculty Absences
Faculty members are expected to be on campus to teach their scheduled classes, except in cases of personal or family crises, family bereavement issues, short term medical issues, and professional meetings or other scholarly obligations the timing of which is outside the faculty member's control.