Mission College

Teaching Academy

Spring 2002


The Teaching Academy started in the fall 2001 semester as an experiment to assist new full-time faculty. In its second semester, the Academy is opening its doors to adjunct and full-time faculty, old and new.

The purpose of the Academy is not to teach, but to help.

The life of a teacher is not easy one, just ask any teacher! The pressures of starting a new teaching job are by no means trivial. The Academy can help by providing useful, timely, and accurate information and support.

External pressures, political as well as public, and ever-changing pedagogical theories, exasperate many teachers. The Academy provides an open forum to discuss, analyze, support and, especially, criticize, any issue related to the teaching profession.

Description: The Academy is scheduled to meet seven times during the semester. The first three meetings will cover the following topics:

    1. Our community
    1. population demographics
    2. student demographics
    3. student profile
    4. student services
    1. financial aid
    2. scholarships
    3. nursery
    4. clubs
    5. health clinic
    6. library
    7. computer lab
    8. tutoring
    1. College governance
    1. administration
    2. departments
    3. committees
    1. Practical matters:
    1. parking permit, campus police
    2. keys
    3. voice mail
    4. e-mail
    5. mail box
    6. reprographics
    7. audio visual
    8. field trips
    1. Admissions and Registration:
    1. current deadlines for submitting forms
    2. relevant forms
    1. Academic Affairs:
    1. schedule
    2. catalog
    3. faculty handbook
    4. reporting absences
    1. AFT (American Federation of Teachers):
    1. salary
    2. payroll
    3. load banking
    4. teacher evaluation
    5. flex obligation: guidelines and forms
    1. Computers:
    1. getting your computer
    2. DEC
    3. Helpstar
    4. creating your own web page
    5. ftp
    6. online courses
    7. www.lamission.org

The remaining meetings will be open discussions on issues relating to the profession of teaching:

I. Practical Issues

1. Syllabi

a) objectives

b) course description

c) specific required content

2. Environment

a) class size

b) student/teacher interaction

c) disabled students

d) adult students

e) our demographics

f) money issues

g) students with children

i) diversity

3. Issues

a) plagiarism

b) prerequisites

c) student motivation

d) problem students

e) student retention

f) student Responsibility

g) teaching responsibility

II. Theory

1. Mike Rose: Why students fail

2. The Mission of a College

a) why go to college

b) education or job skills

3. Effecting Learning

a) clear objectives

b) teaching environment

c) measurable outcomes

d) grading

i) need for

ii) fairness

iii) inflation

iv) assessment methods

e) techniques

i) lecture

ii) group


iv) field trips

v) audio visual

vi) computers

vii) discussion

viii) homework

ix) problem-based learning

x) humor

xi) writing

4. Critique of Pedagogy Theories


Objectives: Participant will acquire valuable insights pertaining to our student population, college administration, and the community at large. Participants will also receive the opportunity to explain, comment, discuss support and criticize what often passes as advancements in educational theory.