Excellence in teaching is an important factor in promotion and tenure at the University of Oregon. Fortunately, the university offers many resources and support services for faculty teaching courses. The list of resources below is a good starting point for faculty wanting to improve their teaching.
UO’s Teaching Engagement Program (TEP), which supports teachers across rank and discipline, building an imaginative, resourceful, and connected campus-wide teaching culture. Faculty engage in workshops, seminars, and individual consultations on a wide range of topics, such as innovative assignments, student evaluations, learning objectives, classroom dynamics, mentoring students, and technology in the classroom.
The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) provides programs, services and resources to improve and support the teaching endeavors of UO faculty and enhance the educational experience of students. The Center provides tutors, workshops, and classes that help students improve their research, writing and presentational skills as well as their approaches to effective study.
The UO Libraries offer a variety of support services to faculty, students, and staff. Listed below are a few of the services provided.
Canvas (learning management system)
Canvas is the enterprise learning management system for the UO campus. Provided centrally by the UO Libraries, Canvas is an easy-to-use web-based tool for hosting syllabi, assignments, grades, discussion tools, web conferences, quizzes, exams, and more. Your UO e-mail username and password is required for access.
Rooms and Study Spaces
The Knight Library and branch libraries provide the UO community with a variety of environments for individual and collaborative research, study, and instruction. Faculty may access reservable classrooms, presentation rooms, wired classrooms and labs, active learning classrooms and meeting spaces.
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for academic and classroom scheduling, student registration, enrollment verification, grading and academic records maintenance, transfer credit articulation, degree audits, monitoring undergraduate general education requirements, degree awarding, and course evaluations, among other things. Guidance on many academic matters can be found on their website. In particular, Faculty & Staff and the A-Z Index are very useful resources.
Following are a few select topics (found in A-Z Index) relevant for faculty teaching UO courses:
- Academic & Classroom Scheduling
- Course Evaluations
- Course Syllabus, Recommended Format
- Deadlines, Academic
- Final Exam Schedule
- Grading System
- Inventory of Student Engagement
The AEC is dedicated to facilitating and supporting accessible education through active collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Accessible Education Center is dedicated to facilitating access and full inclusion of students with disabilities into the university environment. This is accomplished through effective collaborations/consultations with faculty/staff, proactive advising, and the fostering of systemic campus change. The AEC works to create and sustain physical, curricular, and informational environments that are informed by and responsive to the diverse characteristics and experiences of students with disabilities and variations of ability.
Faculty are encouraged to include a statement on their syllabi encouraging students with disabilities to make their needs known to the instructor early in the term. AEC has provided a sample statement.
The Center for Teaching Writing is committed to enhancing undergraduate education at the University of Oregon. By training undergraduate and graduate students and professors to be better teachers of writing, to use writing technologies effectively, and to incorporate writing as a way of learning, the Center aims to improve both the quality of writing instruction and the quality of student writing at the university. Linking research and pedagogy, the Center also supports the examination of writing pedagogy, both on campus and in dialogue with the greater community.
The Office of Information Technology offers many resources for faculty and researchers. Learn how to incorporate technology into your teaching, research, and collaboration by visiting their Services Directory.
The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards educates the University community about the community standards necessary to maintain and protect an environment conducive to learning. Their core purpose is to develop students' academic and social responsibility. Faculty will want to be familiar with student conduct standards in general, and, with regard to teaching, academic misconduct standards and policies.
The UO Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC) builds the capacity of individuals and units across campus to advance the university’s goals of equity and inclusion. A unit of the Division of Equity and Inclusion, CoDaC sponsors a range of programs for individual faculty, graduate students, alumni and staff as well as capacity building initiatives with departments, colleges, schools and research units across campus. Faculty will want to explore their many faculty development initiatives.
The Yamada Language Center is the University of Oregon's resource center for language teaching and learning. UO offers regular (BA-satisfying) courses in 19 modern and classical languages, and additional instruction in 8 others. The Yamada Language Center (YLC) supports faculty and students in Romance Languages, East Asian Languages, German and Scandinavian, Linguistics, REEES, Arabic Studies, and the American English Institute.