Consultations

CEE offers a variety of consultation types to provide you with feedback on your teaching, strategies to achieve your goals, and instructional resources. All consultations are free, confidential, and available to all instructors, including faculty and graduate students. 

Types of Meetings and Consultations

General Consultations

General consultations provide an opportunity for you to discuss questions, issues, or topics related to learning and teaching with an experienced teaching consultant. CEE consultants partner with instructors (faculty and graduate students), departments, and programs to help you achieve your teaching and learning goals. For example, we can help you evaluate a course proposal, lesson plan, or rubric; consider ethical teaching concerns; brainstorm ideas for incorporating technology into courses; create a teaching development plan; or develop projects related to educational research. All consultations are free and confidential. Choose “Meeting to Discuss Teaching and Learning” or “Meeting to Discuss Educational Research” from the consultation request form. A consultant will follow up with you via email to schedule a phone or in-person meeting. Consultations for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are conducted by the TA Consultants, and consultations for faculty are conducted by CEE specialists.

Mid-Quarter Inquiries

Mid-Quarter Inquiries (MQIs) provide you with formative student feedback that you can use to modify a course you are currently teaching. One of CEE’s experienced consultants will gather anonymous feedback from your students during a class session. In a follow up meeting, you and the consultant will review and discuss the student responses to identify teaching practices that help and hinder your students’ learning. Instructors commonly find that MQIs can help enhance teaching methods, promote greater student participation, and improve instructor- student rapport. Learn More

Classroom Observation

Classroom observations help you to see your classroom from a new perspective to give you ideas about how to enhance learning for your students. One of CEE’s experienced specialists will observe your teaching and collect observational data about items that will be most useful in helping you increase your teaching effectiveness. Common items include the use of classroom activities, how you use time and space, and how you facilitate learning for all of your students. In a follow up consultation, you and the specialist  will discuss new techniques and strategies you may want to use in the classroom going forward, framed within the unique context of your teaching. Learn more

Video Recording (Graduate students and postdocs only)

Using a video recording can help you analyze your teaching and reflect on your students’ learning experience. An experienced CEE consultant unobtrusively records part of your class then works with you in a follow-up session to analyze your teaching practices. For example, analysis of a video recording can provide insights into how you communicate with students, use space on the board and in the classroom, help students engage with material, and explain course content. The consultant will help you deconstruct the video as data into effective teaching, rather than viewing it as a performance, making the video recording process much less intimidating, and more useful, for instructors. Learn more 

Teaching Philosophy (Graduate students and postdocs only)

Articulating your teaching philosophy is useful to guide your teaching practice, to communicate about how you teach, and to prepare for the academic job market. Graduate students and postdocs can work with a teaching assistant consultant to develop or refine a written statement of your philosophy regarding teaching and learning. Learn more

Presentation Skills (Graduate students and postdocs only)

Presentation skills consultations provide you with tools and feedback to improve the organization and delivery of your presentations. A TA Consultant will observe you presenting in class or in a practice session and then meet to discuss the presentation. This can ensure clarity and organization of ideas, enhance audience understanding, reduce anxiety about giving presentations, and promote student participation. Presentation skills consultations can help you enhance your in-class presentations, conference presentations, job talks, or other presentations. Learn more