Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Families: The start of the spring semester is quickly approaching, and many in our community are working diligently to prepare for the return of our students and to safely resume in-person teaching and learning. We…
Deadline Extended to Select Teaching Modality for Spring 2021
Dear Faculty, Chairs and Deans:
While the overall intent and goals of the guidelines provided on Sept. 29 are sound, I am learning that in response to that communication, faculty have concerns about a potential need to disclose personal details when discussing their proposed teaching modality with their chairs and deans. Here, I am writing to affirm that we will follow the process established in the fall semester: the decision regarding teaching modality rests with the individual faculty member. Whether faculty have a health concern themselves or for a family member, we defer to faculty to use their best judgment and make the right call for them.
There is nonetheless a widely shared desire for more in-person classroom experiences next semester among our students and their parents. I urge all faculty to take this into serious consideration when making modality choices, and I appreciate any efforts to enhance the student experience, especially in areas where the volume of in-classroom experiences has been low.
Faculty, we ask that you communicate with your department chair about your spring teaching plans by Oct. 22 (this reflects a one-week extension), so that students are able to rely on the information in the course catalog regarding the format of the courses they choose during registration.
I appreciate your hard work in providing the best education for our students. Our team is here to support you in these unprecedented times.
Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost