Some faculty members hesitate to include their e-mail addresses on the syllabus because they feel that too ready an access may lead to abuse. One solution, provided by a faculty member at the workshop on email, is to establish email guidelines for students. Specify under what circumstances/for what reasons email contact should be made, how often you will check your mail, how long a response time students might expect, etc. While such guidelines may not prevent abuse, they will certainly suggest to students that there are limitations as to what email access to the professor will provide.
Gestures in email are combinations of characters that display a particular emotion or response, as a wink ; )
a frown : ( or surprise : - . Because the person reading the message cannot see the sender's expression or hear a voice inflection, s/he may not realize that the writer is being facetious, ironic, etc; gestures help clarify the intent. But temper the use of such devices as they can be overdone and/or inappropriate for a particular audience.
Last Updated: 09/20/07