Educating For Life
The mission of the General Education Program at the University of the District of Columbia is to provide all students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will serve them in their efforts to become lifelong learners, community leaders, and fruitfully engaged professionals in rewarding and evolving careers and endeavors.
Teaching in GE
Teaching in the General Education Program is a fantastic opportunity for faculty members. You have the chance to design innovative, interdisciplinary courses that will challenge your students and help you grow as a scholar and a teacher. To learn more, download the Faculty Handbook here.
There are many benefits to teaching GE courses:
- Teach more students: Because General Education is required for all students who enter UDC after Summer 2010, GE courses are well‐enrolled and not in danger of cancellation.
- Attract students to your field: Most GE courses are taken early in astudent’s career,so you will often teach students before they have made up their minds about their majors. This gives you the chance to shape their perceptions of your field and possibly encourage them to pursue a major in your field.
- Collaborate with colleagues: GE encourages faculty members to work together tocreate unique courses that will attract students. You may seek out particular colleagues with whom you want to work and then design courses with them.
- Hone your skills: The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of GE courses demands a high level of planning and implementation. The process of developing a strong GE course, along with the GE workshops and faculty development, will help all of us hone our teaching and planning skills.
The process by which a course gets approved for the GEP is relatively straightforward. If you are interested in developing a course for GE, you should follow these steps:
- Attend a faculty training session: Conducted by Dr. Matthew Petti in the Department of English, these training sessions will orient you to the goals of General Education and help you design your class with those goals in mind.
- Develop your syllabus: The syllabus will reflect not only the content and skills of your particular course but also the overarching goals of GE and the particular curriculum strand that your course will address.
- Submit your syllabus to the GE Review Committee: The Review Committee consists of faculty members from across the campus who review all proposed syllabi and make recommendations – either accept, accept conditionally, or reject.
- Make revisions and resubmit: Most syllabi that are accepted will be accepted conditionally.The Review Committee will make recommendations about how to improve the syllabus to meet GE standards. You may then make the revisions and resubmit it to the Director of GE.
- Teach! If your syllabus is approved by the Director, you may teach your course in an upcoming semester.