Promoting Civility and Professionalism in the Classroom

Tina Katsanos, Vaughn Schmutz, Kendra Jason, Michelle Pass, Honoré Missihoun


At UNC Charlotte, civility in the classroom, mutual respect, and student professionalism are expected goals. Faculty and students should work together to foster the best learning experience.  Establishing classroom rules and expectations early in the course promotes civility and helps students develop professional skills. In this chapter we examine ways to encourage civility and promote professionalism in the classroom.  We begin by clearly defining classroom civility and introduce faculty to the philosophy of civility. We then offer management strategies for faculty to build into their curriculum and encourage in everyday classroom practices.  Campus resources are also offered to assist faculty who need to be aware of the potential, and management of, threatening behaviors. Promoting professional behavior is also discussed.

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