Summer Teaching Policy
The summer schedule of classes and teaching assignments are based solely upon meeting student needs and demand; therefore, class offerings will be determined by the ROMS Executive Committee, which is composed of the Chair of the Department, the Associate Chair, the Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, and the Language Advisors. It must be understood that the Department’s Executive Committee determines all class assignments, and that summer teaching is not guaranteed. The Department will strive to meet student curricular needs while maintaining the quality of instruction within the constraints of the available funds. Faculty are encouraged to seek summer research funding through grants since summer instructional needs are much less than during the academic year.
All full-time faculty are eligible to apply to teach during the summer, but preference will be given to teaching faculty and graduate teaching fellows. Tenure-track faculty (TTF) will be assigned to teach upper-level courses on a rotating basis (courses above 204). If TTF are unable to teach upper-level courses, the courses will be assigned to eligible teaching faculty and graduate teaching fellows.
Summer teaching assignments will depend on the courses offered and the number of sections available. Preference will be given to:
- Instructors who have experience teaching the course to be offered.
- Instructors with course evaluations at or above the Department mean.
- Faculty who have not taught in the previous summer.
- Instructors who have proposed a new course for the Summer School, including a FYS and online courses. Note: This preference will only be given for the first summer in which the new course is taught. In subsequent summers, the course will be available to all eligible instructors. In addition, the Summer School gives preference to course proposals that highlight Experiential Education (EE) or service learning components, those that fulfill other General Education (GE) requirements, or that satisfy requirements for majors and minors. Instructors are encouraged to consider and try to incorporate these components in their courses.
Please note that faculty may only teach one course during the summer. Study Abroad courses are counted as part of summer teaching. Faculty who receive funding for summer projects, or who are scheduled to teach a course with Study Abroad programs, the Friday Center, or MURAP are not eligible to teach courses offered by the Summer School.
The Summer School expects a minimum enrollment of 12 students. If the minimum enrollment is not met, the course may be subject to cancellation, in which case the offer of summer teaching is voided. The Summer School requests that you actively promote your summer course well in advance to avoid cancellation.