John Jay College Teaching eHandbook—Revised, Updated Edition


This unofficial guide is designed to be a “how-to” reference for faculty providing quick-tips on “best practices” in teaching, basic pedagogy, emerging teaching techniques, and teaching techniques to specifically address the needs of our student population.

You will also find practical advice on planning your courses, and on various aspects of the “nuts and bolts” of our school—everything from where our printshop is located, to the correct person to consult about plagiarism, to how to design your course, to designing virtual office hours.


The first edition of this handbook debuted six years ago and was updated in the Spring 2013 semester. We are deeply indebted to Professor Betsy Gitter, Provost Bowers, interim Director Kovler and to all those who have contributed to previous iterations of this manual 

We are in the process of updating this manual and welcome your feedback in terms of coverage and content.  Please feel free to email CAT’s director, Charles R. Davidson, at or CAT’s assistant, Samuel Lesane, at  with thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.

 John Jay College Teaching eHandbook-Revised,Updated Edition