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Expectations

For Adjunct Faculty

Eastern’s adjunct instructors are qualified, experienced professionals who love God and who desire to serve our students.

 

In addition to bringing their expertise to the classroom,

  • Faculty are expected to integrate Christian faith in their teaching. We believe that Faith, Reason, and Justice are all important elements in our academic environment and greater world.

  • Faculty are expected to be actively engaged with students. This includes:

Providing prompt and substantive feedback to improve student learning

Interacting regularly in the discussion forums (if teaching online)

Posting their feedback policy in the syllabus as well as in Brightspace

Responding to email within two business days

Posting grades in Brightspace

Monitoring student progress

Notifying student advisors of at risk students

Submitting final grades within two weeks after the course end date

Developing and maintaining the technological skills necessary and appropriate for the course(s) they are teaching

For Technology

 

Today’s students view faculty competence in using current technology almost as important as faculty expertise and experience.

 

All faculty, whether teaching primarily on-ground or online, should be adept at the following:

Computer Requirements

Faculty will need to own or have regular access to current computer, software, wifi, and high-speed Internet.  Eastern’s Technology Services webpage provides minimum standards for both PCs and Macs.

Note: Chromebooks and tablets (i.e., iPads, Android, and Windows tablets) are not sufficient for teaching due to their limitations.

Using email

All faculty will be provided with an Eastern email account.  Faculty are expected to use their Eastern account for all correspondence with students to preserve official communications and keep them separate from personal email.  If you prefer to forward your email to another account for ease of access, please follow these instructions.

Using basic word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs (e.g., Microsoft Office, the Google Suite, or Apple products).

Once you have your Eastern email address, you are entitled to a free Office 365 account. This allows faculty to install full Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, on up to five devices (PCs, Macs, tablets, smart phones) for free.

You will also have access to all Google tools with your Eastern email address.

Accessing Eastern’s library resources including online databases

A later phase of this orientation includes an overview of and links to Warner Library’s main resources and services for faculty.

Using appropriate Internet resources and tools to supplement teaching

Using Brightspace, Eastern’s web-based Learning Management Software (LMS) system

Using Zoom, a platform for live or recorded class sessions

 

For Brightspace

Brightspace is Eastern’s Learning Management Software (LMS) system, a web-based, integrated learning platform. 

 

All university courses (on-ground, blended, or online) have a Brightspace site created for them, and basic Brightspace training is included in the orientation process.

 

If you have any questions about Brightspace, please contact brightspace@eastern.edu.

At minimum, faculty are expected to upload the course syllabus, create the gradebook, record grades, and be able to communicate with students through Brightspace’s email system.

In the event of inclement weather or other emergency cancellation, faculty are expected to move the session online (via Zoom recorded lessons, live sessions, or other resources).

On-Ground Courses

In addition to the above, blended and online courses are required to meet Quality Matters™ Standards for the delivery of high quality courses. Faculty training in QM is provided.

Blended and Online Courses