Assignments to Teach Online and Hybrid Classes

Policies Regarding Assignment to Teach Online and Hybrid ASU Writing Programs Classes

Policies related to attending departmental workshops for Fall 2015:
  1. If you would like to become certified to teach a hybrid or online courses, Ellen Johnson and Bruce Matsunaga are offering workshops over the 2015-2016 school year to prepare you for instruction in these environments.
  2. To qualify for Fall 2016 hybrid/online instruction, you must attend a minimum of 8 workshops over this year's Fall and/or Spring semesters offered by Bruce and Ellen.
  3. At least two of the workshops attended must be those led by Ellen.
  4. A minimum of 4 workshops must be completed before February 1.
  5. This is to ensure commitment to teaching hybrid/online and to avoid scheduling problems after the Fall 2016 teaching assignments have been scheduled.
  6. Please contact Ellen or Bruce if you have any questions about their respective workshops.
Policies related to all Writing Program Faculty:
1.     All WP faculty must complete a series of departmental workshops on teaching online courses at ASU prior to being assigned to an online or hybrid class. The workshops are scheduled throughout the year previous to the fall in which the teacher wants to begin online or hybrid teaching. All WP faculty are eligible for these workshops, whether or not they anticipate assignment to online or hybrid classes.
2.     WP faculty teaching online and hybrid classes are responsible for ensuring they have access to computing support and Internet connection sufficient for timely review of students’ coursework and correspondence with students.
3.     All ASU Writing Programs faculty will be observed in their first semester of teaching an online or hybrid class.
4.     WP faculty who have an all-online teaching assignment are expected to attend official events scheduled for all Writing Programs faculty, such as the Fall Convocation, and must meet in-person with the Writing Programs Director or the Online Coordinator at least once in each semester of all-online teaching.
5.     Writing Programs will attempt to accommodate all qualified faculty who wish to teach online by assigning them to at least one online class.
Policies related to TA Assignments:
1.     TAs are expected to be resident while receiving assistantship support for their graduate studies and will not receive all-online assignments.
2.     “The Department understands that some doctoral students need to leave Arizona for personal reasons while they continue to work on finishing their degrees. However, TAs who have moved or are contemplating moving must understand that the Department cannot guarantee online teaching for all out-of-state TAs; in fact, students cannot expect to have more than one online class assigned in any given semester. Furthermore, TAs with online courses should be available for face-to-face meetings with students and should be available to switch to onsite teaching if low enrollments necessitate cancellation of online courses. If online teaching is not available to you and you cannot commit to teaching in person, you will need to decide if you will relinquish your teaching assistantship. If you have any questions about your teaching assistantship, please contact Ron Broglio or Sheila Luna.”
Policies related to Instructor Assignments:
1.     Instructors may receive all-online assignments to classes on a semester-by-semester basis only. Typically, an instructor cannot expect an all-online schedule for two consecutive semesters.
2.     Instructors teaching an all-online schedule are expected to complete Writing Programs and/or departmental service assignments.
3.     Instructors should be available for onsite teaching if low enrollments necessitate cancellation of online courses. If classes are cancelled, WP will make every effort to reassign teachers to other courses/sections. However, we cannot guarantee reassignment to online sections. Therefore, teachers should always be available for onsite teaching.
Policies related to Faculty Associate Assignments
1.     Faculty Associates may receive all-online assignments to classes. These assignments are based on departmental need and section availability.
10/28/2009 Policy developed by Shirley Rose, Director of ASU Writing Programs; Jacqueline Wheeler, Associate Director of ASU Writing Programs; Teryl Sands, Online Coordinator for ASU Writing Programs, and Demetria Baker, Program Manager for ASU Writing Programs