Interested in working on your teaching this year?
A teaching consultation is a focused session, or sessions between a faculty member and a CFDE staff member and/or with another faculty member. A consultation can be a one off meeting but is often undertaken over the course of a semester or a year, and it is geared to help a faculty member improve one or more aspects of his or her teaching.
The aim of the teaching consultation is to help a faculty member to develop a clear set of goals for improving their teaching, and to realize at least one of their goals by the end of the semester. We provide guidance to help you reach those goals.
We are committed to a flexible but structured consultation model. Thus, we focus on what each individual faculty member might need.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars are award-winning teachers from across the university who assist Associate Director Donna Troka with teaching consultations. >>SoTL Scholars Roster
Participation in this program is entirely voluntary and confidential.
We offer many different options and tailor our program to best serve your concerns. Here is a list of some possibilities that you might work on:
- lecturing skills and techniques
- course design
- creating assignments, paper topics, and exams
- course management
- discussion skills and techniques
- interpretation of mid-course and final evaluations
- grading and giving feedback to student work
- grading equity over a large course
- management of large classes
- problem solving specific issues in a course or section
- videotaping and class observations
- low evaluations
- using interactive teaching strategies
- using technology effectively in class
- syllabus construction
- directed reading in specific area (i.e. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, i.e. SoTL)
If you are interested in participating, please go to: http://goo.gl/forms/DxKAnu6uvH and fill out the form.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions About CFDE Teaching Consultations
- How many times will I meet with my consultant?
You can meet with your consultant(s) as many times as you agree upon. Most people meet once or twice a semester. Please remember that faculty and staff consultants are doing this on a voluntary basis, and like you, their time is limited.
- Is there a limit to how many times I use the Teaching Consultation program?
A faculty member can utilize the program as many times as he or she sees fit. However, the Teaching Consultation program’s time and resources are best used when you bring clear, definable goals to the process.
- What if the relationship between me and my Teaching Consultant is not working?
We can begin by working with the two of you to address the concerns. If it seems appropriate, CFDE staff can help with finding another consultant.
- Is this program part of the tenure and promotion process?
The CFDE Teaching Consultant program is NOT part of the tenure process. You are allowed (and encouraged) to include any reports you receive from your consultation in your tenure packet, but our office and this program is not tied to any form of evaluation for promotion.
- What if I need help with something not listed above?
Please let us know and we can work on finding a way to set up a consultation.
- I want to help other teachers with their teaching challenges, how do I become a consultant?
Thanks for your interest! Please contact Donna Troka at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will set up a meeting to discuss the possibilities.
- Is this program open to all units?
Yes, it is, and we welcome all inquiries.
- Can graduate students use the Teaching Consultation program?
Yes, graduate students may use the Teaching Consultation program.
- Can I use this program anonymously?
Absolutely. All discussions and observations will remain confidential.
- Where are CFDE teaching and faculty development resources located?
Our offices are in Suite 216 of the Woodruff Library on the central campus. Hope to see you soon.