Instructor Policies

  • On Assignment Submission- All assignments must be submitted electronically through Canvas. Hard copy assignment submissions will not be accepted. Emailed assignment submissions will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances.

  • On Late Assignment Submission- Because the nature of my courses requires all students to be prepared to discuss materials on the day they are assigned, no late assignment submissions will be accepted. The only exception to this is when a student has obtained the instructor’s permission for an extension. Such permission must be obtained at least 24 hours prior to the original due date and time. Additionally, after a graded assignment has been returned to a student, the student should not submit a new version of the assignment with the expectation that it will be regraded.

  • On Redistribution of Course Content- Recording, photographing, or forwarding/disseminating lectures, conversations, presentations, or notes requires prior consent from the instructor.

  • On Academic Honesty- As should be expected, academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. As outlined in the University catalog, if a situation of plagiarism or cheating arises, any students involved may receive a 0 on the assignment or, in serious cases, may fail the course.

  • On Mandated Reporting- As should Per UWW policy, if a faculty member becomes aware of certain types of information about sex discrimination, violence, abuse, or neglect (past or present), they are required to report this information to campus leadership. The goal of this requirement is to prevent further harm to you and others. Because our course involves discussion of personal experiences and backgrounds, it is possible that you may want to share something that falls within one of these categories. This is completely acceptable, but please be aware that sharing such information will mean that the instructor will have to file a report. If this occurs, the instructor will use discretion, reason, and sensitivity to abide by UWW policies while also respecting your privacy. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible. More information about these policies is available here:

  • On Accommodations- If any assignments (because of their format or their content) are inaccessible or otherwise pose undue difficulty for a student, that student should speak with the instructor as soon as possible to make other arrangements.

  • On Inclusivity- Educational spaces need to allow students to engage with new ideas; therefore, diverse perspectives, worldviews, and opinions are welcome and encouraged in this class. As members of a learning community, however, instructors and students should be thoughtful about minimizing hurtful speech and behaviors, including (but not limited to) racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, agist, and heteronormative comments and microaggressions. Student who do not speak and behave in kind and respectful ways will be asked to leave the class.

  • On Student Opinions- While kindness and respect are required, students are not expected to agree with the instructor or one another about all matters discussed in class. Importantly, grades will never be based on whether a student agrees with the instructor or anyone else; instead, grades will be based on the student's level of participation, demonstration of engagement with and understanding of course materials, and quality of critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation.

  • On Course Related Announcements & Communications- The instructor may make announcements through the Canvas "Announcements” feature or via university email. Students are responsible for checking their university email regularly and for reading any "Announcements" items in Canvas. The “Announcements” feature is found by clicking “Home” on the left sidebar inside our Canvas classroom space. Note that students are responsible for checking their university email for at least a week after the end of each semester, in case there are problems with final assignments (wrong paper submitted, etc.) or grades.

  • On Grading: The grading scale is as follows...

  • above 94% = A

  • 90-93.9% = A-


  • 87-89.9%=B+

  • 84-86.9%=B

  • 80-83.9%=B-

  • 77-79.9%=C+

  • 74-76.9%=C

  • 70-73.9%=C-

  • 67-69.9%=D+

  • 64-66.9%=D

  • 60-63.9%=D-

  • below 60% = F

Required Equipment

For face-to-face sessions/sections:

Each student will need to have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet connection. When possible, students are encouraged to bring one of these devices to class. If a student does not own a device of this nature, on-campus computer labs may be used. In such cases, students are responsible for planning ahead with regard to open lab hours, etc. Lack of planning on the student’s part may result in a lowered grade. Except in extreme circumstances, lack of internet access is not a reasonable excuse for missed assignments.


For online sessions/sections:

Each student is responsible for ensuring that they have daily access to a computer or tablet with a reliable internet connection that is fast enough to play videos through Canvas or YouTube. Students without such access at home may need to plan daily visits a library, computer lab, coffee shop, etc. Lack of planning on the student’s part may result in a lowered grade. Except in extreme circumstances, lack of internet access is not a reasonable excuse for missed assignments.

Each student will also be required to post videos, and therefore needs access to a webcam and recording software. Most newish laptops come with these items included. Headphones with a microphone are also recommended and can be purchased at nearly any convenient store (Target, Walgreens, etc.) for around $10. Students without access to video recording equipment and software may need to plan trips to the campus library where these items can be borrowed.

Information for Students Who Enroll After the Semester Begins

  • It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any work missed.

  • The student will have 1 week from the date they enroll in the course to submit all missed work. This will likely include discussion leadership sign up, any missed quizzes, and any essays necessary to make up for missed class sessions. If missed assignments are submitted within 1 week of enrolling, the student may earn full points. If missed assignments are not submitted within 1 week of enrolling, all missed assignments will receive 0 points.

  • Extra Credit Opportunity #1 may not be submitted late, regardless of enrollment date.

Tips for Students Who Work Full-Time

  • It is the responsibility of the student to plan time wisely. During a normal 16 week semester, a 3-unit course should require 3 hours of in-class time plus 9 hours of homework time per week. Remember that 3-week terms require the same amount of work within a much shorter time frame.

  • Students who find their time limited during the week will need to plan ahead, perhaps completing readings and quizzes on the weekend before they are due.

  • Online students may record some of their videos ahead of time. This applies to discussion leadership posts and “Contributing to Classmates” discussion posts.

Resources for Students Facing Personal Difficulties

  • Any student who is facing challenges securing food or housing is urged to contact the CARE team in the Dean of Students Office for support. Resources are available to provide UWW students with free on-campus meals and other types of assistance. If you are comfortable in doing so, please also know that the professor is open to talking about these issues and will be happy to supply additional resources that she may be able to access.

  • Any student who is facing health challenges (mental or physical) is urged to contact University Health and Counseling Services for support. If you are comfortable in doing so, please also know that the professor is open to talking about these issues and will be happy to supply additional resources that she may be able to access.

  • Any student who feels that their personal safety (including issues related to harassment or sexual assault) has been compromised is encouraged to report such concerns or incidents. If you are comfortable in doing so, please also know that the professor is open to talking about these issues and will be happy to supply additional resources that she may be able to access.

Tips for Successful Writing

When writing a formal academic essay, please keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Muddled writing is frequently caused by muddled thinking. This means that your #1 priority for successful writing is taking an adequate amount of time to think through what you are trying to say and how you are going to say it. This likely means that you will need to talk through your ideas with a classmate, friend, or family member prior to beginning the writing process.

  2. A thesis statement must be a claim and a road map for how you will argue/support that claim. A thesis statement is not a general observation; it must be a claim that someone can disagree with. In fact, you might benefit from assuming that your reader disagrees with your claim from the beginning; therefore, your job throughout the body of your essay is to convince your reader to change their mind so that they agree with you.

  3. Transition sentences (at the end or beginning of each paragraph) show how one idea connects to the next. Excellent transition sentences demonstrate a clear understanding of how each point of evidence (paragraph) relates to each other, to the thesis statement, and to the essay as a whole; therefore, please pay extra attention to this element of your writing.

  4. Editing is an essential part of writing. Furthermore, editing includes two separate tasks-- content editing and copy editing-- and these tasks must be done separately. This means that after you've written your essay to the best of your ability, you will still need to read through it at least two more times.

    1. During the first read, you should consider only the content. You should look for and correct mistakes in logic, missing information, leaps in thinking that are not supported by evidence, poor linkages between topics, too much summary, etc.

    2. During the second read, you should consider only the text (the copy). This requires slow reading, and I find it very helpful to have your computer read your text back to you (Google how to get your computer to do text-to-speech) because this slows you down enough that you will be able to find your mistakes. As you listen to or slowly read your text, you should look for and correct run-on sentences, sentence fragments, missing commas, grammar errors, typos, missing capitalization, etc.

Updated 9/4/2018