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The Center for Faculty Development offers confidential, one-on-one consultations on instructional strategies and course design. These can range from short inquiries related to a specific aspect of a colleague's class to a full review of a course—structure, delivery, assignments, and grading.
As well as consultants working directly in the Center, we have seven trained Peer Consultants from around the university, all highly respected teachers in their fields and ready to help you think about your own courses.
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Consultations are typically most effective face-to-face, though we can also do them over the phone or by e-mail. Our aim is to help faculty find solutions or alternatives with which they are comfortable, since the same approach will not work for all faculty, nor for all groups of students.
The more information you're able to provide us about your course, your students, and your own personal style, the easier it should be to help work out strategies that are most likely to lead to satisfaction in your teaching and in the students' learning.
Below are examples of the kinds of consultation inquiries we receive:
The Center for Faculty Development's work with faculty is:
Formative: The Center takes a collaborative approach to consultations, supporting you in thinking about your teaching and your students’ learning based on the goals you have set for yourself. We offer suggestions and ideas. The Center is completely separate from any summative (judgment-based) evaluation, and is never involved in Rank and Tenure (R&T) or hiring/re-hiring decisions. We do not write letters of recommendation for R&T files or for Chairs.
Confidential: Our conversations – and even the fact that we have met – remain confidential within the Center. Occasionally Center staff discuss these consultations among themselves to be able to track trends in teaching-related issues or to brainstorm good advice or resources to offer you. One exception to our policy: By law, we are required to report any sexual harassment or threat of physical harm to oneself or others.
Voluntary: Faculty come to the Center because they want to, not because they are under duress. If a colleague “strongly suggests” that you consult with the Center for Faculty Development, you are under no obligation to do so. As all our consultations are confidential, colleagues will not be able to find out from us whether you have talked with us.
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