Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Faculty and Staff Resources

Teaching Support

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Megan Redfearn
Director, Faculty Services and Doctoral Student Affairs  
ph 847/467-6519

Getting Teaching Support

In SESP, support for instruction is provided at the program level. If you have questions about your teaching, contact the administrator responsible for instructional support in the program offering the course. This will be the Office of Student Affairs for undergraduate teaching and the program coordinators for Human Development and Social Policy and Learning Sciences for graduate courses. The master's programs also have an identified person in each program to support teaching. If you have any questions about whom to contact, Megan Redfearn can direct you.

Course Reserves in Canvas: Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Streaming Audio, Streaming Video 

Northwestern Library staff will procure items and obtain copyright clearance for journal articles, book chapters, and streaming audio and video that is requested through the Course Reserves tool available in each Canvas site.

Links to library materials should not be used in online classes. Additional information is available at the Course Reserves site and the Main Library Reserve Team is available for assistance at or 847-491-7681.If you are teaching a course you didn’t design, please use the following process:

Text Books

The program assistant can also help faculty purchase individual books for research using the expense portal. Faculty can order books for research and courses using the NU bookstore.   Faculty can request course materials for student purchase at the bookstore through the steps below. 

Creating and Scheduling Courses

Courses are typically planned by April preceding the start of an academic year.  The undergraduate programs committee and respective graduate committees meet to discuss required and elective courses to be offered. Shortly after these meetings (usually every April), the dean, departmental program assistants and directors meet to solidify the course plan for the upcoming year. Program assistants then contact individual faculty members to confirm dates and times of classes. For questions about course load and scheduling contact: Megan Redfearn

TA Assignments

Courses that reach a minimum enrollment of 35 students are allowed the assistance of one teaching assistant, courses with an enrollment of 55 students are allowed two TAs. Doctoral students whose funding is distributed through Graduate School TAships are assigned the first TA slots. Once this pool of students is exhausted, available slots are offered to doctoral students for compensation. All requests for TAs must go through Megan Redfearn in the Dean’s Office.

Grading and Change of Grades

Instructors log in to CAESAR to post grades. The Office of the Registrar offers grading information for faculty.

Instructors may grant proxy access to online grading. Granting proxies allow the instructor to designate another person (such as a TA) to enter grades for a particular class selection. A grading proxy must have a NetID and be a faculty, staff or graduate student member of the NU community. The Office of the Registrar offers tips for granting proxy access to online grading.

As of Fall 2011, the change of grade process is completely online. The instructor/grading proxy opens the grade roster in CAESAR and clicks on the “request grade change” arrow corresponding to the student in need of a grade change. The instructor must choose a “reason for the request” from the drop-down menu, and will be able to add a free-text “comment.” Once the request is submitted, workflow will send it to the appropriate dean. The dean can approve or deny, and make a “comment” if desired. If approved, the grade will immediately be changed on the student’s official record. Whether the dean approves or denies, an e-mail will be sent to the instructor and the student informing them of the dean’s decision. The Office of the Registrar provides further explanation of the online change of grade process.

Deadlines/Academic Calendar


It is extremely helpful to students if you provide a detailed syllabus. Please send an electronic copy of the syllabus to Jasmine Tucker or Megan Redfearn prior to the start of each quarter.  If you would like to see how other course syllabi are constructed, visit our web site at: Click on course syllabi in the left column and then select the area you wish to view in the purple tool on the left hand side of the page.

Please see Classroom and Syllabus Guidance for Instructors Related to COVID-19.

Please include the following statements about accommodations and academic integrity in every syllabus:

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Any student requesting accommodations related to a disability or other condition is required to register with AccessibleNU (; 847-467-5530) and provide professors with an accommodation notification from AccessibleNU, preferably within the first two weeks of class.  All information will remain confidential.

Academic Integrity

Students in this course are required to comply with the policies found in the booklet, "Academic Integrity at Northwestern University: A Basic guide".  All papers submitted for credit in this course must be submitted electronically unless otherwise instructed by the professor.  Your written work may be tested for plagiarized content.  For details regarding academic integrity at Northwestern or to download the guide, visit: 

Teaching Resources

The Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning offers a variety of services to Northwestern Faculty and Graduate students and Post Docs on such topics as workshops for new facultyInclusive Learning Environments, and the Teaching Fellows program for early career faculty

The Graduate School at Northwestern has also curated this page of inclusive teaching resources for faculty and teaching assistants.