Teaching Observations

Teaching observations, performed by center staff, are available for faculty to receive feedback on classroom management, communication effectiveness, students' engagement, or other teaching and learning practices.

We offer two options for teaching observations. You may choose to participate in one or both options. Options are described as follows:

  • Traditional: a CETL staff member will observe one of your class sessions and the result will yield a qualitative discussion of your teaching and general classroom culture. You can request specific points of focus for the observation or just a general observation of your teaching. This option can also be used for departmental review requirements. Specifics will be discussed during the first point of contact between you and the CETL observer.

  • COPUS - Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM: a CETL staff member will follow the observation protocol to observe and record specific teaching practices and student interactions. This method yields both quantitative and qualitative data used toward characterizing instructional practices and how students are spending their time in class. For more information about this process, please visit www.copusprofiles.org

Observations and recommendations are confidential and will not be shared with outside entities (e.g., Department Heads, Tenure and Promotion Committees). However, the individual faculty member is free to share the written report of the results.

Schedule a teaching observation.