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​Individual Consultations

One-on-one meetings where faculty meet with staff from the office to develop productive solutions to teaching issues/problems and/or to plan and carry out new teaching methods. Consultations are confidential and non-evaluative to provide a safe space for faculty to work on their teaching. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Course and syllabus development/review.
  • Developing learning objectives and creating course elements/assessments that align with the stated objectives.
  • Developing rubrics to assess student learning.
  • Designing new online courses and/or translating existing on-campus courses for the online environment.
  • Teaching online with Blackboard. (Instructional design support).
  • Teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students.
  • Teaching problems encountered in online/face-to-face classes (e.g., assessing group work online, addressing plagiarism, etc.).
  • Developing mid-term course evaluations (student surveys)
  • Selecting objectives for student ratings of instruction (IDEA​) and identifying teaching strategies aligned with those objectives. 
  • Interpreting data from student ratings of instruction (IDEA) to identify instructional/curricular strengths and needs and develop strategies for making the needed changes.

To schedule a consultation, email Sedef Smith at ​

Classroom Observations

Conducted at the request of a faculty member (voluntary and confidential). The goal is to provide faculty with opportunities to receive constructive, non-evaluative feedback from an outside perspective (staff from the office) on aspects of their teaching. Generally an individual consultation precedes and follows the observation.

Teaching Tips Videos

Short videos providing ideas or a toolbox of strategies that faculty can use in their teaching.

Faculty Development Workshops

Interactive, online and/or face-to-face workshops designed to offer faculty information on various teaching topics. Faculty needs and interests influence the direction of these workshops.

Teaching Circles

Gathers small groups of faculty around common topics of interest regarding teaching and learning. Participants may discuss the teaching problems they encounter or read a book/article together and discuss its implications for teaching.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

Brings together small groups of faculty who are interested in collaborating with each other to conduct research on teaching and learning. The goal of FLCs is two-fold: 1) to provide a venue for faculty to engage in systematic inquiry to improve their teaching; and 2) to support faculty in their research and publishing efforts.​

Last updated 11/16/2016 8:55 AM