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Absent Professor Program

What is the Absent Professor Program?

The Absent Professor Program increases student exposure to faculty by utilizing existing instructional resources on campus. When instructors know they will be absent, they can contact the Learning Center at least two weeks prior to the date of their absence to arrange to have workshops delivered in their classes while they are gone. Instructors may select from the menu of options to the right, many of which are outside their direct area of expertise but which complement their course objectives. For example, a biology instructor will attend a conference in two weeks, and she opts to have her students in a two-hour course learn how to write an effective summary (from an English instructor) and how to conduct research online (from a librarian).

When a traditional substitute is not a desired or viable option, consider using the Absent Professor Program. Simply choose among the options from the menu on this page. Each workshop runs 60 minutes. If your class normally meets for two hours, you may elect to have two workshops delivered in your absence, but you can also choose to have only one workshop delivered. Select as many topics as you feel would benefit your students. Then, email Shant Shahoian at, using the template below in your email. I will do my best to find instructors for the topics you choose, but the more options you provide, the more likely I am to staff the workshop(s) you select. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we will be unable to fulfill a request because a qualified instructor could not be found at the time requested. I will confirm each request as soon as I hear from the instructor(s) teaching the workshop(s). As always, your patience is appreciated. 

We are piloting this program this year, so we have a limited number of these sessions available. Your students will be asked to complete an evaluation form for each workshop delivered.

Please use this template when you email Shant Shahoian:

Subject Line of Email: Absent Professor Program Request

Name: Dr. Garth Fader

GCC Email:
Date(s) of absence:11/4/15 (WED)
Class(es): ENG 101
Time of class(es): 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Location(s): CR 225
Length of class(es): 120 minutes
Number of students enrolled (in each class): 30
Number of workshops requested (per class): 2
Workshops requested, in order of preference: Citing Sources, Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets, Intro to the Library, and Effective Resume Writing

Writing Workshops: Each writing workshop lasts 60 minutes. For more information about the contents of each workshop, please consult the outline for each writing workshop here.

Avoiding Vague Language
Commas, Semicolons, & Colons
Inference and Analysis
Introductions and Conclusions
Logical Fallacies
MLA and APA Documentation
Paragraph Development
Parts of Speech
Outlining and Essay Structure
Quotation Integration
Run-on Sentences
Summary vs. Analysis
Thesis Sentences
Timed Writing Assignments

Library Workshops: Each library workshop lasts 60 minutes. You'll find a description of each workshop here.

Intro to the Library
Research Process
Evaluating Sources
Library Databases
Online Catalogs
Citing Sources
Literary Criticism Research

Growth Mindset Workshops: Each workshop lasts 60 minutes. Students explore Carol Dweck's ideas about growth mindset. Although these are numbered, each workshop is taught as an independent unit.  You'll find a description of each workshop here.

Neural Plasticity
Intelligent Practice
Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

Career Center Workshops: Help your students prepare for their careers!

Effective Resume Writing
Networking - LinkedIn and Building Your Brand
Successful Interview Strategies


If you have further questions about the Absent Professor Program, please contact Shant Shahoian at EXT 5341 or by email at