Preparations for courses begin several months in advance of the start of term. In May (for fall term courses) and October (for spring term courses), the Gen Ed Office contacts each course head with information about preliminary staffing allocations and a request for information including:
- classroom preferences and media needs
- course materials, including books and coursepacks (if any)
- list of the teaching staff, including the Head TF when applicable
Each course is supported by a Course Coordinator, who serves as the primary contact for Gen Ed instructors. The specific contact depends on the category of the course.
Please be sure to submit a budget request form to request funds for course development (e.g., research assistants, equipment, etc.) and/or course expenses (e.g., field trips, guest speakers, materials and supplies, etc.). Please be sure to ask for approval before incurring any expenses, as it may not be possible to receive reimbursement after the expense has been incurred without prior approval. The Gen Ed Office is not able to provide reimbursement for photocopies, office supplies, or refreshments. Teaching staff are welcome to use the photocopiers in the Gen Ed Office to make lecture & section handouts.
As you begin preparing for the term, you may find it helpful to review the Term Timeline, which has a list of tasks to complete before the start of term.