The Center for Teaching Excellence offers a variety of confidential consultations about teaching. A few of these are listed below. Following the links will lead to more detailed information about each consultation technique as well as information about scheduling.

Individual consultations allow you to reflect on your work in the classroom with the support of a trained Teaching Consultant.  Depending on your interest and specific questions, you can meet one-on-one with a Consultant, choose to invite us to observe your class, or conduct a mid-semester student focus group (termed ESP) and discuss ways to improve your course while it is happening. In addition, you can meet with us at any time to talk about a broad variety of teaching issues including designing courses and assignments, difficult classroom situations, teaching with technology, engaging learners, and making sense of end-of-semester evaluations, just to name a few.

Our team of consultants consists of faculty members, graduate students and undergraduate students. All consultants take a coaching approach to consultation, allowing you to drive the conversation according to your specific goals and aspirations. We are particularly excited to offer the services of our Undergraduate Student Teaching Consultants, who are uniquely positioned to help you better understand what motivates and excites your students.

All CTE consultations are formative in nature and completely voluntary and confidential. They can only be requested by instructors themselves for the purpose of developing their teaching skills. We do not evaluate teaching and we do not share any information with third parties.

To request a consultation, please complete all sections of the registration form.  One of our Consultants will get in touch with you soon.  Priority will be given to requests submitted by the third week of the semester.

Engaging Students’ Perspectives (ESP)

To discover students’ mid-semester reactions to a class, a trained CTE staff member can poll your students about their perceptions of the course. Alternatively, you can use eTAP, the CTE’s electronic version of the TAP, to collect student feedback, and then meet with CTE staff to discuss the results. Read More »

In-class Observation

Using a variety of observation techniques, CTE consultants can tailor an in-class observation so that instructors get specific and meaningful feedback about one or more aspects of their teaching. Read More »

One-on-one Consultation

CTE consultants are happy to help you think through ways to improve your students’ learning. Conversations might center around aspects such as course design, student evaluations, discussion-leading, lecturing, etc. Read More »