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The Center for Teaching Excellence offers a variety of services designed to assist faculty in their development as teachers.
The most foundational service is the consultation, which is a conversation among peers. Any faculty member may request a meeting with a consultant in order to review and discuss teaching strategies, or perhaps to find solutions to specific classroom challenges. Faculty may choose to have a consultant visit a class, and/or request videotaping of his or her teaching.
If a class visit is requested, the consultant will first meet with the faculty member in order to review the syllabus and goals for that class time, and then will meet again after the visit.
As with all the services of the CTE, all consultations are maintained with the utmost confidentiality.
Departments or units may also choose to request a consultation if there is an interest or an issue that is relevant to that body of faculty. In this case, a consultant will make presentations and facilitate discussions among the faculty.
A faculty member may request a class visit during which the teaching consultant will direct small group discussions among the students as an alternative to written feedback on the instructor's teaching. This approach to evaluating the learning process can yield far more thoughtful and measured feedback, and it has the added benefit of increasing student appreciation of and respect for the instructor's efforts.
The Center schedules opportunities for faculty to gather to discuss problem-solving techniques, and in conjunction with the IT coordinator, developments in and application of instructional technologies.
The Center provides organization, recruitment, and facilitation of faculty learning communities designed for specific cohorts, such as a new faculty, adjuncts, online instructors, or those others who have a common pedagogical interest. These FLCs meet twice a month for one semester.
The Center maintains resource banks on myriad topics related to teaching, including course design, student assessment, course assessment, best practices, and classroom climate. The Center also makes available to faculty various tools to assist them in developing their teaching skills, such as the course portfolio and instructional technology information.
For more information about the Center for Teaching Excellence, please contact:
Becky Kasper, Ph.D., Director
301 Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3043
Fax: (518) 564-5100