Academics

Frequently Asked Questions By Adjuncts

QUESTION:HOW DO I OBTAIN SYLLABI?

ANSWER: Instructors can get a copy for upcoming semesters from the website under the Courses link. There is no need for a hard copy of the course syllabus.

QUESTION: CALCULATOR POLICY - IS IT FOR EXAMS ONLY OR THROUGHOUT THE COURSE?

ANSWER: For most courses, individual instructors can set the policy. Some allow it on everything from the very beginning and others only allow it on certain tests. It is the instructor's call. See your syllabus for more information.

QUESTION: MAY I REMOVE THE ATTENDANCE POLICY?

ANSWER: Instructors should keep the attendance policy in place to encourage the students to come to class.

QUESTION: IS THE "NO MAKE-UP EXAMS" POLICY A DEPARTMENTAL OR INDIVIDUAL POLICY?

ANSWER: It is the instructor's call, but it is recommended that the instructor keep the policy intact to encourage students to attend exams regularly or the instructor may find themselves doing 3-4 make-ups per exam given. The department chair generally follows the policy of no make-ups and then replaces any missed tests with the percentage earned on the final exam.

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE NEXT LAYER OF APPEAL FOR A STUDENT BEYOND THE INSTRUCTOR? THE COURSE COORDINATOR OR THE CHAIR?

ANSWER: The Chair.

QUESTION: WHO ARE THE COURSE COORDINATORS?

ANSWER: They are faculty mentors and they also write the syllabi and final exams for MAT 0018, MAT 0028, MAT 1033 and MAC 1105. See list.

QUESTION: IF A STUDENT REQUIRES CONSULTATION WITH FACULTY AND THE INSTRUCTOR IS NOT AVAILABLE, WHOM SHOULD THEY SEE?

ANSWER: The Math Lab/Academic Resource Center is the best place to send them. They can always get tutoring and extra help there. They have many, many resources in addition to tutoring. It is recommended that new adjuncts make it a point to stop by the lab and introduce themselves to the staff there.

QUESTION: CAN STUDENTS RETAKE THE ENTRY EXAM; I.E., NEXT SEMESTER?

ANSWER: It is possible, under extreme circumstances, but they generally do much better if they take the course as they develop study habits and get back into the process of learning math in a structured setting.

QUESTION: DO I DEVELOP MY OWN TESTS AND FINALS?

ANSWER: The instructor writes all tests except for the final exam in MAT 0018, 0028, 1033 and MAC 1105. In other courses, the instructor writes the final exam as well.

QUESTION: WHAT FORMS WILL I USE MOST OFTEN?

ANSWER: Primarily there are two (2): 1) Request for Test at DRC (Disability Resource Center); 2) Duplicating Service Requisition (for copies sent to Processing) (see below).

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MOST COST EFFICIENT WAY OF DUPLICATING MY EXAMS/HANDOUTS?

ANSWER: Very small copying jobs (fewer than 10 copies) can be done on local copy machines. On the Bradenton campus, the mathematics department copier is located in the department suite. Please see the office staff for the code. On the Venice campus, the copier is located in room 622. Please see Lynette O'Neill for the copy key. Larger printing jobs (such as exams & large sets of handouts) must be sent to Central Services (aka "Processing") several days in advance along with a 3-part form indicating the appropriate department account numbers, number of copies, copying instructions, etc. Central Services will pick up your request and return the items to the department so please provide as much lead time as possible. Please see the office staff for additional information. In courses using a departmental final exam, the course coordinator makes all copies of the final exam for you. You should sign up in the math office for the number of copies you need. An e-mail is sent out approximately 5-6 weeks before the end of the semester letting you know when you can begin signing up for your copies.

Instructions to send a copy request electronically.

Important Information:

  • Network connectivity issues may slow your electronic copy request.
  • Your electronic copy request will be copied/printed in the exact format for which it was received. Central Services will not edit your document. The best practice is to send a PDF file.
  • There may be incompatibility issues with certain software packages in which case a hard copy of the original may be required to complete your copy request.
  • The standard one day turn around should still apply in most cases.
  • The copy request will not be completed without an Electronic Copy Request Form [see above] attached to each file requested to be copied/printed.
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