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Continuing Education Instructor Handbook LibGuide

McMaster University Continuing Education

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McMaster University Continuing Education would not have been successful without the dedication, motivation and quality of its instructors. Whether you are interested in teaching for McMaster Continuing Education, coming on board as anew instructor or are a current instructor, we hope that you find this handbook useful and resourceful.

Welcome from Lorraine Carter, Executive Director

About Continuing Education

As you embark on this journey to become part of the Continuing Education family, it is important for you to be aware of our values, vision and mission to ensure that we all work in collaboration together towards the same goal.


The starting point for any organization is clear articulation of what it stands for - its values. The values that McMaster University Continuing Education has identified for the next five years include the following:

  • Respect: We are empathetic in our relationships including our relationships with students and partners. We hear everyone's view and recognize that people have different needs and come from different perspectives.
  • Integrity/Fairness/Consistency: We do what we say and say what we mean. We are accountable for our actions.
  • Inclusiveness: We are sensitive and aware of others. We consult appropriately before making decisions. We look for opportunities for collaboration.
  • Caring and Helpful Attitude: We support each other and are proactive in seeking ways to help our students, instructors and clients.
  • Professionalism: We act ethically and exceed expectations and standards.


To be a leader in continuing education through accessible programs and superior learning experiences for professionals, individuals and communities.


We serve diverse learners by providing relevant academic and professional programs rooted in the principles of excellence in adult education. We do this by:

  • Enabling engagement and fostering strong relationships.
  • Providing a superior student experience
  • Offering programming, teaching and learning including technology supported learning characterized by high quality and innovation
  • Establishing sustainable and clear policies, processes and roles.
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