Individual Consultations and Classroom Observation
The Director of the Faculty Development Center consults with faculty on any teaching issues, from designing courses to active learning methods to assessment of students. The Center works with faculty across disciplines and has resources available on effective teaching approaches, evaluation and improvement strategies and methods of working productively with students. You may also request that the Center director observe your class and offer feedback.
Help in Gathering Student Feedback
Gathering feedback from students during the course is an excellent way to establish rapport with a class and address any issues students have before they become on the end-of-semester evaluations. Consider asking the FDC to help you with this process by conducting a mid-semester student small group evaluation. The evaluation takes approximately twenty minutes at the beginning of a class period of your choosing. The FDC director will visit your class and, after you leave, divide your students into small groups. Each group will discuss what is working well in the course, what needs improvement, and what suggestions they have for carrying out the improvements. The director records the responses from each group, particularly those on which all students agree, and presents the results to you later in a private consultation.
Faculty Development Center Library
The FDC circulating library is located in the Center's offices (Engineering 101) and contains a growing collection of books, journals, and reference works on teaching and learning. You are welcome to come by and browse or request a specific book.