Faculty Resources

Faculty Handbook

As a faculty member, this handbook will provide you with information about the services available on campus, as well as information about disabilities in general, the laws involved and teaching strategies that may be of help to you in the classroom.

Curriculum/Accommodation Questions

If you have a question about improving instruction or providing students with appropriate accommodations call our office (615) 230-3472, or email the Director of Disability Services.

Disability Services' Sample Syllabus Statement:

The course syllabus is a written course description that provides the objectives, assignments, and schedule. The syllabus is a mediator between the faculty member and the student. It outlines expectations and requirements for successful completion of the course. Included in the syllabus is a disability statement.

For students with disabilities:

It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services to receive accommodations and services in accordance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA/AA).  Only those students with appropriate documentation and who are registered with the Office of Disability Services will receive accommodations.  For further information, contact the Office of Disability Services at (615) 230-3472, online by visiting http://www.volstate.edu/disability, or visit the office which is located in Room 108, Wood Campus Center.

Universal Design Principals

Universal design is an approach to designing course instruction, materials, and content to benefit people of all learning styles without adaptation or retrofitting. This method of teaching provides equal access to learning, not simply equal access to information, and Universal Design also allows the student to control the method of accessing information while the teacher monitors the learning process and initiate any beneficial methods.

Who will Benefit?

While this design enables the student to be self-sufficient, the teacher is responsible for imparting knowledge and facilitating the learning process. It should be noted that Universal Design does not remove academic challenges; it removes barriers to access. Simply state, Universal Design is just good teaching

  • Students who speak English as a second language
  • International students
  • Older students
  • Students with disabilities
  • A teacher whose teaching style is inconsistent with the student's preferred learning style
  • All students

Principles of Universal Design

(compiled from The Ohio State University Partnership Grant)

  • Identify the essential course content
  • Clearly express the essential content and any feedback given to the student
  • Integrate natural supports for learning (i.e. using resources already found in the environment such as a study partner.)
  • Use a variety of instructional methods when presenting material
  • Allow for multiple methods of demonstrating understanding of essential course content
  • Use technology to increase accessibility
  • Invite students to meet/contact the course instructor with any questions or concerns