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A General Philospohy
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consultations at a glance

 

General philosophy

Several principles guide my approach to consultations, including:

  • reassure the instructor that our interactions are completely voluntary, our conversations are confidential and that the consultation process is not evaluative in nature
  • understand the specific needs and concerns of the instructor by listening intently and asking clarifying questions
  • collect the most meaningful and accurate information possible
  • shift the instructor’s perspective and open up new possibilities by asking provocative, powerful questions
  • provide up-to-date resources which are relevant and useful
  • trust the instructor both to recognize and shape his or her own teaching improvement efforts

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Consultation types provided

One-on-One Consultation: One-on-one consultations are generally informal conversations which may be on a wide range of topics, from general teaching issue to specific classroom challenges.

Teaching Analysis Poll: The Faculty Consultant polls an instructor’s students mid-semester about their perceptions of the course.  The brief face-to-face consultation with the instructor centers on the students’ feedback and how to respond to it.

Videotape Analysis:  The Faculty Consultant discusses with an instructor a videotape one of his/her classes. The discussion focuses on what works well and what could be improved.

In-Class Observation:  The Faculty Consultant consults with an instructor about one of his/her classes, which is observed by the consultant.

Large-Group Information/Consultation Session: These are often resource information sessions but also include small or large group meeting facilitations.

Overview

Consultations conducted per type (total=169):      

Large-Group Information/Consultation Sessions: I’ve conducted 15 sessions to over 300 faculty and graduate assistants.

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Sample comments (unsolicited)

Thank you very much for all the thoughtful suggestions and the GREAT questions that stimulated my thinking about my courses.  It was worth a cold walk across grounds!

Thank you very much for the feedback.  You really have a way of helping me honor and value my discipline as a resource and inspiration for my teaching.

Thanks again for your thoughtful debriefing – I left my seminar for the first time in a few weeks feeling invigorated rather than depressed.