Creating a Syllabus: Step #1- Learn About the Curriculum Holistically

All courses need to “fit in” to the curriculum of the department in which they are taught.

Prior to building your syllabus, talk to the appropriate members of the department in order to find out how your course(s) fit into their curriculum. What will students have already learned or experienced prior to coming into your class? How should the course prepare students for the courses they will take after yours?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be much better prepared to create a syllabus that provides experiences for students in your class that will be in keeping with the rest of their education within the department.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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