Teaching Support

Teaching Excellence

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning offers programs on teaching, consulting services to improve your teaching, fellowships for teaching excellence, and resources to support your work in the classroom.

Every year, Brown recognizes four outstanding members of the faculty for sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Information on how to nominate a member of the faculty for a teaching excellence award can be found here

Resources for Helping Students

The website of the Dean of the College has a number of resources for helping students with academic, personal, and institutional difficulties.  For help with students' psychological or academic issues, Campus Life maintains a helpful list of contacts.

Teaching Relief

Faculty may receive teaching relief when they assume significant administrative duties, when they buy out one or more courses with outside funds, or when they are the primary caregiver of a child, in accordance with the policy on parental teaching relief.

Brown's policy on administrative teaching relief is spelled out in further detail here, but in general:

  • Faculty must teach at least one course per semester that they are in residence, so course releases are not available to faculty who normally teach fewer than three courses per year
  • The number of available administrative course releases is determined by the size of the department
  • All teaching relief is contingent upon the approval of the department chair and the relevant Dean