Faculty Handbook


Faculty Handbook

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This handbook contains information and forms that faculty commonly use for designing and managing their classes and conducting San José State University School of Information administrative business. It is comprised of 7 sections: Administration, Course Management, Student Advising, Instructional Tools, King Library, SJSU, and Forms. Within each section are links to useful resources pertaining to personnel, teaching, students, and instructional software. The sections also contain information about iSchool and SJSU policies and procedures as well as the names of people to contact with questions or concerns. The goal of the handbook is to provide faculty members with quick access to standard forms and procedures. For semester-specific information, consult the faculty site on Canvas. An index of terms will direct you to the information included in the Handbook.

School Philosophy

Practice + Theory = Praxis

All reflective professions require theory. Professionals require theory to build and lead institutions. Theory also differentiates professional education from paraprofessional or vocational training. The iSchool faculty are committed to cultivating a culture of reflective practice. Thus theory, and its necessary relationship to practice, help practitioners determine what is enduring or fleeting, and highlights the difference between glad tidings and testimonials versus verifiable best practice. Praxis represents the intersection of theory, education, and practice. The pedagogical goal of praxis is to understand and explicitly teach the relationship between professional activity and theory so that curricula do not function as mere sequences of isolated elements, procedures, methods, or techniques. Praxis provides an opportunity to apply conceptual frameworks. Our courses should seek and exhibit a dynamic balance between theory and practice.

School Overview

About iSchool
Mission and Goals
Strategic Plan
Accreditation and School Ranking
MLIS Program Assessments

School Contact Information

Technology Support

School Calendars

iSchool Events
SJSU Academic Calendar



iSchool Expectations of Full Time and Tenure-Track Faculty

Advising Expectations

  • be knowledgeable about specific degree requirements and resources as found on the iSchool website
  • be knowledgeable about general SJSU graduate degree requirements as found on the SJSU website (Graduate Studies & Research) and in the current SJSU catalogue
  • respond promptly, fully, and accurately to questions from students and/or refer them to where the information may be found
  • complete the evaluation of e-Portfolios within the deadlines established

Meeting/Service Expectations


    Course Proposal Process

    A course proposal is not a complete course syllabus with a week-by-week outline of topics, assignments, readings, grading standards, etc. Rather it is a proposal – an idea for a course that is fleshed out enough for reviewers to ask questions and make informed decisions about whether or not the proposal should become a fully developed course. The person submitting the course proposal may or may not be the person who ends up teaching it. A course proposal should stand on its own merits, so the name of the proposer is not revealed to the reviewers.

    Here is the process:


    Course Evalutions – SOTE

    The university places a high degree of emphasis on its faculty’s teaching effectiveness. Evaluation of classroom performance is a critical issue for full and part-time faculty. The school uses two measures of teaching effectiveness. The first is a faculty evaluation performed by one of the full-time faculty.

    The second evaluation technique is the student evaluation. These are often referred to as “SOTEs” (Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness). SOTEs are generally done close to the end of the semester.