Teaching Organizational Behavior at Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental AffairsRead Now
Over the past three years, I have been teaching a core undergraduate course on Organizational Behavior at Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (previously SPEA). The teaching was part of my PhD funding package, and unlike other PhD. funding packages at most U.S. universities, I didn't serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA), but was the instructor of record for the class. So, while this was a whole lot more work and responsibility for a PhD student to endure, it was also good experience as most PhD job market candidates have little or no experience in teaching, which makes their first year as a faculty member that much worse.
The enrollments for this class ranged from 25-60 students, and over the years, I tweaked the syllabus to reflect my own evolution as an instructor, student expectations, and feedback from other instructors and the undergraduate program. Some of these were major, such as removing groups assignments (the disadvantages of which outweighed the benefits--at least within the context of the class content, learning objectives, and student profiles), and changing the course text, while others were minor changes. Towards the end of my time teaching at Indiana University, I took to using Top Hat, which is a student response system (think clicker). Using this did help students break out of their bubbles and participate more effectively, but like any new instructional technology, there are tradeoffs and steep learning curves for the instructor and students alike.
Regardless, I am attaching the most recent syllabus here for anyone that is interested, or instructors that are planning to teach such a course. Feel free to borrow materials as you see fit.