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PROBLEMS IN THE CLASSROOM…. …and RESOURCES TO HELP!. Dr. Julie Newell , Department Chair Social and International Studies Phyllis N. Weatherly , Director Career and Counseling Center. It’s not just you . . . Most University faculty have never been taught to teach!.

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Problems in the classroom




Dr. Julie Newell, Department Chair

Social and International Studies

Phyllis N. Weatherly, Director

Career and Counseling Center

It’s not just you . . .

Most University faculty have never been taught to teach!

Center for Teaching Excellence

Resources (including books and periodicals)




  • Dr. Bob Harbort, Director

  • H-202

  • 678-915-3981


    Teaching Partners Program:

  • Minimal commitment

    • One semester at a time

    • Approx. four hours over the term

    • Partners determine their own schedules

  • Formative not summative

  • Monthly brown-bag lunch open to everyone

Help yourself and your students with your syllabus
Help Yourself and Your Students with Your Syllabus!

Spell Out Clear Expectations

  • Academic standards

  • Behavioral standards

  • Procedures and penalties if standards are violated


  • Students will have better success (and you’ll have fewer problems) when the expectations are explicit.

  • When problems do arise, you have explicit policies and procedures--and evidence that students knew them in advance.

Technical problems
Technical Problems?

  • The equipment “system”:

    • Most classrooms are equipped and used primarily (but not exclusively) by one department.

    • Find out who has primary responsibility for “your” room and ask about how they do things (rules, overhead bulbs, etc.)

  • “High-Tech” Help

    • IT provides support for computer systems and connectivity in classrooms.

    • CIT provides training and support for using technology in your teaching--and doing it well!

Student support services offered on campus
Student Support ServicesOffered on Campus


    Academic, Testing, Tutoring, and International Center; Disabilities and Multicultural Affairs

    • Bldg. J, Room 253

    • Phone 678-915-7903

  • Tutoring services

    • English 1101, 1102

    • Math 1111, 1113, 2253, 2254

    • Physics 1111, 1112, 2211, 2212

    • Other subjects are handled by the individual dept.

    • Regents’ Test Prep

Math help


    • Homework help for lower division math courses

    • Room D-125

    • Sponsored by Mathematics Department, the ATTIC and Georgia Highlands College

Services offered on campus cont d
Services offered on campus - cont’d

  • Lawrence Johnson Library

    • Building C

    • Phone 678-915-7276

    • Rooms on 2nd floor for study use

      • First come, First Served

    • Cubicles on all floors for study use


Career and Counseling Center

Personal Counseling

Career Counseling

Academic Counseling

Job Search

Student Center -- Room A-243


Free services for SPSU students – Limited Services for Alumni

Consultation for Faculty/Staff – “Don’t Cancel That Class”

Distressed students why should faculty intervene
DISTRESSED STUDENTS!Why Should Faculty Intervene?

  • You may be the only person to notice that a student is struggling who does something about it

  • The student’s inability to cope may be acted out in your classroom

  • A student’s inability to cope poses a serious threat to their ability to learn

  • Your failure to intervene may lead to more serious consequences for the student

Questions you might still have

  • Do I have the right to kick a student out of class for calling me a jerk or something more profane?

  • What should I do if a student expresses suicidal or violent thoughts in their class work?

  • What is the best way to deal with a student who is clearly drunk or on drugs?

  • What if I have a disruptive student? Should I talk to others instructors teaching this student? Can I warn the instructors for next semester?