Faculty Teaching Support Services

Suzanne Staggs, Henry DeWolf Smyth Professor of Physics, teaching a precept McDonnell Hall

Our work with faculty is guided by the belief that teaching, like scholarship, benefits from careful reflection, active collaboration, purposeful innovation, and thoughtful assessment. We support faculty teaching in the following ways: 

Course-Specific Consultations

We provide group workshops and individual consultations with faculty throughout the year on any aspect of teaching, including course and syllabus development, assessment design and classroom student engagement activities. Contact Shirley Wang, Senior Associate Director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty, for more information or to schedule an individual consultation.

All instructors also are assigned a McGraw instructional designer to guide them with the use of the University’s learning management system, Canvas. You can also find Canvas-specific training sessions listed. Contact Mona Fixdal, Associate Director for Online Education, if you have questions about contacting your instructional designer.

Teaching Assessments

We also work with individual faculty or departments that would like to discuss and evaluate their teaching quality and improve teaching effectiveness by: 

  • Designing supplemental teaching evaluations to the standard University evaluation
  • Conducting live classroom observation
  • Holding focus groups with students regarding their learning experiences 

All collaborations are tailored to the needs of the individual faculty member or department. Contact Shirley Wang, Senior Associate Director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty, if you would like to discuss such a teaching assessment collaboration.

Please note that faculty consultations and teaching observations are confidential and non-evaluative. We do not share information on any individual consultation with departments or administrative offices. At times, we may anonymize consultation data and report group-level data in the aggregate for the purposes of better understanding the needs of our faculty.

Evaluation of Teaching Initiatives

In addition, we provide guidance and can run evaluations of teaching initiatives in the classroom and proposed new programs as part of grant proposals. Please reach out to us to schedule a consultation.