Off campus and can’t meet with your class? Invite a guest lecturer.

September 15, 2015

Don’t cancel class when a conference or other off-campus obligation conflicts with your class schedule. Instead, create a meaningful learning activity for students to complete while you are away. Several options are possible:

  • Invite a colleague with research interests that support course topics as a guest speaker.
  • If your department has two or more faculty members who regularly teach a section of your course, ask a colleague to fill in while you are away. Be prepared to return the favor when your colleague has a similar conflict!
  • Invite a representative from student support offices in Student Affairs to make a presentation on a topic that will help students manage decisions about their career options; relationships, life, and health decisions; or academic performance.

Selected Topics for Guest Speakers from Student Affairs

Career Services

  • Writing resumes and cover letters for job searches
  • Interviewing skills
  • Managing social media and online impressions
  • Finding experiential learning opportunities (field studies, co-ops, internships, service learning)

Counseling & Psychological Services

  • Time management
  • Anxiety management
  • QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Wellness Services

  • Stress management
  • Healthy relationships
  • Wellness topics (sleep, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health)

Contact individual departments to learn about additional topics or get information about how to arrange a guest speaker.

Career Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

Wellness Services

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