TEACHING

Courses Taught

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FSEM 100D7: Cities of Nightmare
HISP 101: The American Heritage
HISP 209: Planning History & Practice
HISP 360: International Preservation
HISP 405: Survey & Preservation Planning
HISP 469: Laboratory in Preservation Planning
HISP 470: Preservation Abroad – Paris
HISP 471VV: Urban Design

Office Hours

Monday 2-4
Tuesday/Thursday 10-11
Wednesday 2-3
Also available by appointment

Contact

Combs Hall, Office 134
alsmith@umw.edu
(540) 654-1316
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Instructor Policies

Honor Code: All graded work is bound by the provisions of the Honor Code and must be pledged, signed, and dated. You can find out more about the Honor Code here.

Written Assignments: In an effort to safeguard the environment, all written homework assignments (except where noted) are to be submitted in PDF format. Instructions to PDF a document are available here. Assignments are due (via email) by the beginning of class unless otherwise specified. Late submissions will be marked down ten points per day. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors will reduce the overall grade on assignments, so students are strongly encouraged to proofread carefully and not rely solely on computer spelling/grammar checkers! Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Writing Center’s assistance prior to submitting assignments.

Preparation & Participation: Keeping up with readings and assignments, participating in class, and interacting with classmates/teammates in a respectful manner will enrich the learning experience for everyone. Participation will count toward a substantial portion of final grades in all courses, as noted in the grade distribution on the course-specific page.

Attendance & Behavior: Attendance is vital both for learning and for lively class discussion. Attendance for all in-class exercises and presentations is required; these cannot be made up at a later date. Students are expected to display civil and respectful behavior during class. Cell phones must be silenced in class sessions, and laptops may only be used if used in a non-disrupting manner (no instant messaging, games, or sound). Violators will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Grading Scale


Letter Grade GPA Percentile
A 4 93-100%
A- 3.7 90-92%
B+ 3.3 87-89%
B 3 83-86%
B- 2.7 80-82%
C+ 2.3 77-79%
C 2 73-76%
C- 1.7 70-72%
D+ 1.3 67-69%
D 1 60-66%
F 0 <60%

A mid-semester report of unsatisfactory (U) will be reported if a student has a C- or below in the course at the time reports are submitted.

Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services has been designated by the University as the primary office to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. If you receive services through that office and require accommodations for this class, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss your approved accommodation needs and bring your accommodation letter with you to the appointment. I will hold any information you share with me in strictest confidence unless you give me permission to do otherwise. If you have not made contact with the Office of Disability Services and have accommodation needs, (note taking assistance, extended time for tests, etc.), please contact them at (540) 654-1266.