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Faculty Resources

General Information
Mail/Email

Be sure to check your LACC Math Department mailbox frequently and return requested materials ASAP. In addition, some of departmental information will be communicated via email.  All faculty are expected to check email(s) on a regular basis and respond email(s) in a timely manner.  If you are not receiving email messages from the department, please contact our department assistant, Ms. Sofya Mednik, to ensure that we have your correct LACC email address.

Messages

Please ask your students to send all communications to you either through your Math Department mail box, LACC email, Canvas inbox, or other communication tools. They should not call the Department assistant except in an emergency.  (An absence is not an emergency!)  It is the college policy that all faculty on their syllabus information about how to contact you, both voicemail and email.

Deadlines

Please observe all deadlines. All important dates and deadlines for the semester are posted on LACC Class Schedules.

Instructor Absences and/or Class Cancellations

Report all instructor absences and/or class cancellations to the Math Department secretary, Ms. Sofya Mednik at (323)953-4000 (x-2810) and/or email at medniks@laccd.edu as soon as possible. She will post a Class Cancelled sign, along with any messages (i.e. assignments, rescheduled tests, etc.) at your classroom for classes starting between 8:00am and 7:00pm. Also, faculty must report on the day of absence each absence to Academic Affairs via the 24-hour faculty absence phone line at (323)953-4000 ext. 2070. Absence reporting includes: (1) name and employee number; (2) Date(s) you will be absent; (3) Class/Subject name and section number of each class you will miss; (4) Room number and time each class meets; (5) Reason for absence.

Substitutes

All teacher substitution assignments must be formally arranged with the Department Chair through the Department assistant. When you need a sub, be sure to provide written information (email is fine) giving detailed information about what the sub is supposed to cover. You should also know that the first two class meetings of any extended absences will not get substitute instructors (District rule) till the third class meeting.

Adjunct Faculty Assistance

If you have any questions about LACC procedures, the Department policy or curriculum, please contact the department chair via email or at ext-2811.

Math Tutoring Lab (Pi-Shop)

Please publicize the Pi-Shop Tutoring Centerlocated in FH-104. Please contact Professor Robert Mardirosian at mardirir@laccd.edu, Professor Phuong Duong at duongph@laccd.edu, or Professor Kee Lam at lamkt@laccd.edu for the hours of operations of Pi-Shop. There are also computer programs that provide tutorial assistance in the Pi shop.   All LACC math students are welcome to take advantage of these services. If instructors would like to recommend any students, who completed Math 227, 245, 236, and/or 260, to become one of the tutors, please ask your students to email their resume, including which Math courses they are specialized in tutoring, to Professor Robert Mardirosian, Professor Phuong Duong, and Professor Kee Lam.

Student Responsibilities

Remind students to read the general information and policies outlined in the schedule of classes and emphasize that it is the student's responsibility to follow through on them.

Meetings

Please attend any required meetings.

Professional Development

Faculty are expected to fulfills professional development responsibilities. For full-time faculty, the professional development obligation is 33.5 hours of professional development activity per academic year. For all classroom faculty with adjunct teaching assignments (temporary adjuncts and full-time faculty with additional assignments), the adjunct teaching professional development obligation for an academic year equals half the sum of the standard-hours value of the fall assignment and the standard-hours value of the spring assignment. The professional development schedule will run from July 1 to June 30 each year. For more information, please contact professional development coordinator.

Course Organization and Material
Course Content

Teachers are required to cover all of the material in the Course Outline of Record. Additional topics may be covered if there is extra time. A student's ability to transfer/continue may be jeopardized if portions of the course material are not covered.  See Current Course Outlines in Canvas.

Syllabus

Make sure that a dated copy of your current semester’s syllabus is on file to the academic affair office website at SharePoint Site before end of the first week of classes. Your syllabus should contain:

  • Instructor's name
  • Instructor's email address (has to be @lacitycollege.edu as well as instructions for communicating through campus mail and the location of your mail box.)
  • Office hour
  • Course description/objectives
  • Prerequisites, if any
  • Student Learning Outcome (SLO) for the course(s)
  • Required and recommended textbooks
  • Guidelines for homework and other assignments
  • A tentative schedule of topics to be addressed in the class
  • Tentative dates of tests, midterms, papers, other course assignments
  • Final exam date/time assigned by the college
  • Description of the grading system, including the percentage of the grade allotted to tests, exams, reports, papers, attendance, etc.
  • Instructor’s policy on late assignments and make up tests
  • Instructor’s policy on attendance and tardiness. (Title 5 regulations specify that students will attend class regularly, and that instructors will have a method of monitoring attendance on a regular basis to determine whether a student is still actively pursuing the completion of the course.)
  • Accommodations
  • An statement on academic integrity and your policy on cheaters
  • Lab hours and policies, if applicable
  • Course Addendum
Textbooks

Please follow the department textbook adoptions for degree of rigor.

Office of Special Services

The Office of Special Services’ (OSS) mission is to facilitate equal access for enrolled students with disabilities, allowing full participation in educational programs, services, and campus activities through appropriate and reasonable academic adjustments. Academic advisement, counseling, assistive technology, adaptive equipment, exam accommodations, sign language interpreters, Braille transcription, learning disabilities assessment as well as other auxiliary aids and services are provided for eligible students. If you have students who need the service, please advise them to apply at OSS and meet with a qualified OSS professional to schedule and arrange these services. 

Class Meeting Times

Faculty members are expected to be on time to class and meet classes for the stated length of time. This is a legal responsibility.  Class beginning and ending times may not be changed without the approval of the Department Chair and the appropriate administrator.

Breaks

If a class has break-time allowed, college policy states that the break may not be given either entirely at the beginning or entirely at the end of class. The break times provided in college policy are:

Class meeting time of 2 hrs 5 min - 2hrs 30 min:

  • Allowed break: 10 minutes

Class meeting time of 3 hrs 5 min - 3 hrs 20 min:

  • Allowed break: 20 minutes
Office Hour

Instructors are expected to be regularly available to students. Math Department suggests that the office hours to be scheduled mostly on the class schedule day.
Assignment, Full-Time: 5 hours 35 minutes
Assignment, Adjunct: 

  • 1 standard teaching hour: 10 minutes
  • 2 standard teaching hours: 20 minutes
  • 3 standard teaching hours: 35 minutes
  • 4 standard teaching hours: 45 minutes
  • 5 standard teaching hours: 55 minutes
  • 6 standard teaching hours: 65 minutes
  • 7 standard teaching hours: 80 minutes
  • 8 standard teaching hours: 90 minutes
  • 9 standard teaching hours: 100 minutes
  • 10 standard teaching hours: 110 minutes
Student Attendance

Students who are registered and miss the first time the class meets may lose their right to a place in the class. Whenever students are absent more than 10% of the total meeting days of the class, the instructor may exclude them from class. If the instructor determines that there are no mitigating circumstances that may justify the absences, the instructor may exclude a student from the class. Students are responsible for officially dropping a class that they stop attending.

Record Keeping
  1. Instructors should keep attendance rosters, finals and all tests that are not returned to the students for at least one year after the end of the semester in case of grade challenges and late add requests.
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Final Exams

The Final Exam Schedule is available in the Schedule of Classes at LACC website. Final examination is scheduled for two hours. Faculty members are expected to administer their finals during the scheduled period

Facilities/Resources
Classroom Location

Classroom assignments are carefully mapped out, with consideration given to many factors. We are legally required to know where a class meets. All classroom changes must be approved in advance by the dept. chair and the dean of the academic affair (Dr. Thelma Day).  Requests for changes should be discussed with the Department Chair.  No informal, unapproved relocation is allowed.

Desks/Chairs

Desks and chairs are distributed as deemed appropriate by the Administration. Do not move them in or out of your classroom.

Food

Remind students that there is no food or drink, other than water, allowed in our classrooms. Our goal is to keep our teaching areas clean.  We all need to assume this responsibility if we want to keep the building in decent shape.

Math Computer Classrooms, FHB04, FHB06, FH106, FH119, FH201, FH202, FH206, FH208, FH301 & FH302.

Our open computer rooms require additional bit of care. It is especially important to remind students that food and drink are not allowed in these open labs, because the “debris” can be harmful to the computers.  Instructors teaching in these computer labs are asked to lock the rooms when they finish class to minimize unsupervised room use.

Door Lock

Please be sure to lock the classrooms and computer labs before leaving the room.

Hallway Noise

Due to the staggered scheduling of classrooms, please remind students to be quiet in the hallways, corridors and balconies as they gather before and after class.

Chalk/White Board Supplies

Chalks and white board markers are available in the Department Office. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU CLEAN THE BOARD FULLY BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE CLASSROOMPlease cap the markers when not in use to prolong their usefulness.

Maintenance

If you encounter a facility problem (too few chairs, missing podium, air conditioning issues, missing lamps, etc.) please bring it to my attention so we can have it addressed.