The course syllabus is required to state each major course requirement, including each major
assignment and examination, the measurable learning outcomes for the course, a general description of the subject matter of each lecture or discussion, and lists of any required or recommended readings. A “major assignment” would be anything that would typically count for at least ten percent of a final course grade. The required readings need only be the major readings that occupy more than one class period: the title of a textbook is sufficient, not the individual page numbers that are assigned. Single articles or short excerpts from longer works are not necessary to list.
There has been some concern over the requirement to give a description of every lecture or discussion. We are aware that individual class content cannot always be predicted in advance, especially if the course depends upon unfolding current events or adjusts to the interests/abilities of the students. Faculty are free to update their course information as time and technology permits, but information should be refreshed at least once per semester. The amount of information in the descriptions should be guided by what is most useful to students and what is accurate enough to predict in advance. For some courses, detailed assignments may be available with little chance of change; for other courses all that may be accurate to post would be something like “Discussion of current events related to the national economy.”
For the curriculum vitae, here is what must be included:
• All institutions of higher education attended, with the degree(s) earned.
• All previous higher education teaching positions, including the names of the institutions, the position, and the beginning and ending dates.
• A list of significant professional publications relevant to the academic positions held, including full citation data for each entry. A complete list of publications is not required.
• The curriculum vitae may include the instructor’s professional contact information, such as office telephone number, work address, and institutional email address. Vitae are not required to include personal information about the instructor, such as the home address or personal telephone number.