Faculty Resources for Teaching and Advising

Frostburg State University is a student-centered teaching and learning institution featuring experiential opportunities. The University offers students a distinctive and distinguished baccalaureate education along with a select set of applied master’s and doctoral programs. Frostburg serves regional and statewide economic and workforce development; promotes cultural enrichment, civic responsibility, and sustainability; and prepares future leaders to meet the challenges of a complex and changing global society. (FSU Mission Statement)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to promoting and supporting activities of educational distinction. Two-thirds of FSU students are enrolled in a CLAS major, and two-thirds of FSU faculty reside in CLAS. In 2018, nearly 75% of undergraduate degrees awarded at FSU were in a CLAS major. CLAS faculty teach in multiple modalities using current best practices in their respective fields, and frequently employ active and experiential learning strategies and cutting-edge technology. Many faculty are involved in several programs at FSU to promote professional development in teaching.

This page serves as a quick start guide for teaching in CLAS. Faculty should refer to the Faculty Handbook and their department chair for more details.

Syllabus Requirements

A syllabus is required for every course. A paper or electronic copy of the syllabus must be distributed to each student in the class by the second class period. In addition, two copies (either paper or electronic) must be given to the department’s administrative assistant (one copy to be retained by the department and available for review by prospective students, and one copy for University files).

A syllabus template can be found on the College Forms page. All University syllabus requirements can be found in the Faculty Handbook.

Center for Teaching Excellence

Many CLAS faculty participate in events sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence at FSU and serve on its advisory board. CTE provides a Canvas site with resources for all university faculty.

Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional Design and Technology offers support for instructors at FSU teaching online or in person, including tech support for a variety of instructional software, instructional support especially for online learning, course review, and memberships to Maryland Distance Learning Association and Quality Matters.

Academic Affairs: Online Learning at FSU

CLAS offers many courses online, including the entirely online undergraduate and graduate Nursing programs. The Provost's Office provides an extensive resource for online learning, including online policies and guidelines.

Reporting an Incident

Incidents of student misconduct (e.g. academic dishonesty, disorderly conduct) can be reported to the Office of Student Affairs using one of several forms linked above. 

Helping Students

Office of Student Affairs offers the following resources for faculty to help students in distress: 


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Information regarding FERPA compliance can be found in the following places:

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services offers a range of services for students with disabilities to provide equal access to educational opportunity. Students in need of a disability accommodation should be referred to DSS. 

Mandatory Reporting

Frostburg State University Faculty have obligations to report sexual misconduct, child abuse, and neglect. For details on specific reporting obligations, reporting procedures, and helping students in distress, refer to the Faculty Handbook, the Office of Gender Equity, and the University Police (for reporting child abuse and neglect).