Contact Information and FAQs
Each semester the English Department creates a contact information sheet for the entire
department. Contact information for instructors, including GTAs, can be found here.
What do I do when students email me before the semester, asking to get into my class?
The English department does not issue closed class permits for general education classes.
If you want to respond, advise the student to keep checking Pipeline for open seats.
Seats open up after the purge and during the drop/add period when students are switching
sections. You can also simply forward those emails to Karen
. The GEE office wants you to be able to focus on preparing your courses.
What do I do when students who are not registered for my class show up on the first
Send them directly to the General Education English Office: PH 324. Do not let them
attend class. University policy states that students cannot attend a class for which
they are not registered.
Should I sign a drop/add form if I really don’t mind taking on another student?
No. Send the student directly to the General Education English office. Caps are raised
throughout the registration period to give every student an opportunity to build a
workable schedule. If a student does not have a seat when classes begin, then a problem—most
times with the student, occasionally with financial aid—has occurred. We will investigate,
and if the student has a legitimate claim, find him/her a seat. Often, we encourage
the student to take English the next semester. It is in the best interest of the student
to begin class on day one; it is in the best interest of the student and the teacher
to keep class sizes low.
What do I do if a student is registered for my class, attends on the first day, and
then is purged?
Tell the student to keep attending class. In the meantime, send Karen an email verifying
that this student has, in fact, been attending your class. (Students who are purged
before classes begin must rebuild their schedules.)
Will any new students appear on my roster after the drop/add period?
Probably not. Purged students will reappear on your list after they straighten out
their finances. If a new student appears, it means that the GEE Office determined
that a late registrant had a legitimate claim and a good chance of succeeding in your
class despite the fact that it is already underway. In this case, we will either call
or send you email.
What is the deadline for withdrawal? What if a student misses the deadline and wants
to avoid an F?
The deadline for the last day to withdraw varies from semester to semester, but you
can find a current schedule of each semester's withdrawal dates here
. Other important dates for the semester are located on the MTSU Academic Calendar.
Please make sure your students know the W deadline. After the deadline (which has
been extended to accommodate students on financial aid), students with legitimate
extenuating circumstances should request a late administrative withdrawal through
the General Education English office.
Syllabi and Curriculum
Does the GEE office have copies of sample syllabi and appropriate assignments for
the general education courses?
Yes. Sample syllabi, assignments, and other very useful information can be found on
the ”Syllabus Development Resources"
page. Also, you will find information about our curriculum and policies in the front
matter of The Bedford Book of Genres, our preferred textbook for ENGL 1010 and 1020.
Is there a standard curriculum for the composition courses?
There are course outcomes, key concepts, and suggested writing projects. For more
detailed information about the overlaps and differences between ENGL 1010 and ENGL
1020, please visit the "First-Year Writing at MTSU"
What is the purpose of English 2030?
To foster a love of reading beyond the classroom by helping students develop an awareness
of what characterizes their own appreciation for literature. Of course, English 2030
instructors continue the important work of supporting students’ ongoing development
as careful readers and writers.
2030 teachers choose from an approved list of anthologies. Is there a set amount of
reading students should be doing?
The General Education English Committee has been reluctant to specify an amount or
even a range of page numbers. The amount of reading across sections of 2030 therefore
varies considerably. Typically, the course focuses on each genre for the same amount
of time, although some instructors organize their readings according to theme, not
Are the requirements for students in 2030 standardized?
Students in all sections of 2020/2030 write two exams and three papers. The exams
are typically a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay. The papers
are 3-5 pages. Teachers can, however, deviate from this 2 exam /3 paper requirement
as long as they can successfully argue that what they require is the equivalent or
“in the spirit” of the standard requirements. For example, some instructors give a
mid-term exam and assign a collaborative final project; some have students write frequent
short response papers in lieu of the 3 formal papers. Unfortunately, plagiarism is
a common form of academic misconduct in 2030. Designing creative paper assignments
helps to curb the plagiarism impulse.
What if I have other questions about the curriculum or my teaching?
If you don’t find answers to your questions on this website, don’t hesitate to send
either Karen Hillman
or the co-Directors of General Education English, Drs. Julie Barger and Kate Pantelides
an email. We are here to help.
Where can I find office supplies?
A limited number of office supplies are available in the supply closet in PH 303.
You can also find more office supplies and gradebooks by contacting Nicole
in the Upper Division English Office.
Where can I make copies?
PH 303 contains both the faculty mailboxes and the copier. Departmental secretaries
and student aides have access to the copier, and you may drop off materials you would
like to be copied and/or scanned. More detailed instructions for this procedure are
posted in PH 303. Please submit copy orders 24-48 hours before you plan on using them
Is there a way to visit my classroom(s) before the first day of classes?
The fastest way to get information on your classrooms is through using MTSU’s Webviewer
. Select the building your course meets in from the right-hand menu, and then click
directly on your room number to the left. This will give you information about the
technologies in the room, the seating capacity, and will also provide pictures from
inside the space.
Where can I get keys to my classroom(s)?
If your class meets in Peck Hall, you should visit Cindy Maguffee
in PH 323. She will be able to provide keys for your room or inform you if your room
uses your MTSU ID card to access the room instead. Classroom keys should be returned
to Cindy at the end of the semester.
What’s the procedure for canceling classes?
Email Cindy Maguffee
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and at least one other secretary (Karen Hillman
, Nicole Leonce
, Regina Nelson
, and Debbie Flanigan
). If you want them to post a notice on your classroom door with special instructions
for your students, please include a draft of that message along with your classroom
number and time. Canceled classes should be avoided whenever possible, but if you
must cancel, try to give your students an assignment that can be completed outside
of class or can be posted on D2L.
How many office hours should I hold?
Departmental policy is that instructors should hold two hours per class weekly. The
exception to this rule is for Lecturers, who should hold one hour per class weekly.
Where is the GTA Office?
The GTA Office is located in Peck Hall 105, which is behind the Provisions On Demand
(POD) convenience store. It is directly across from the red stairwell, and you can
get a key for the GTA Office from Cindy Maguffee in Peck Hall 323.