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Teaching is an area where faculty contribute to the mission of the University of Utah. Professors are often the only contact a student has with the University and there are obligations teaching faculty have. Please see the teaching resources listed below.

University Mission and Values on Teaching:

The University of Utah fosters student success by preparing students from diverse backgrounds for lives of impact as leaders and citizens. We generate and share new knowledge, discoveries, and innovations, and we engage local and global communities to promote education, health, and quality of life. These contributions, in addition to responsible stewardship of our intellectual, physical, and financial resources, ensure the long‐term success and viability of the institution.

Core Values on Teaching:

  1. Student Success and Engagement: The U is committed to providing the financial assistance, personalized support, and engaged learning experiences that increase access to the university and facilitate persistence through degree completion.
  2. Research and Teaching Excellence: The U engages in cutting-edge teaching and research that foster inter- and trans-disciplinary innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and knowledge and technology transfer.

Teaching Awards:

Teaching Responsibilities

University teaching should reflect consideration for the dignity of students and their rights as persons. Students as well as faculty are entitled to academic freedom and autonomy in their intellectual pursuits and development. Teachers must therefore treat students with courtesy and respect. They must not require students to accept their personal beliefs or opinions and must strive in the classroom to maintain a climate conducive to thinking and learning. They must not misuse their position, authority, or relationship with students. (Policy 6-316)

Duties include:

  1. Meet regularly scheduled classes. Provide prior notice of class cancellation or rescheduling unless circumstances beyond faculty members control are present.
  2. Prepare for class.
  3. Maintain regular office hours.
  4. Provide reasonable notice to students of general course content.
  5. Do not misuse classroom time for presenting own views instead of course content.
  6. Do not use faculty position to gain uncompensated labor from students.
  7. Do not plagiarize student’s work.
  8. Keep appropriate information confidential.
  9. Duties to students extend to clinical, research, and other non-traditional settings.
  10. Choose course material without personal financial gain.

Teaching Resources:

Teaching or Student Resource Offices

University Teaching Policies

Resources for Students