Montana State University

Faculty Development Center


Marilyn Lockhart

Interim Director of Faculty Development
318 Montana Hall
(406) 994-4555
lockhart@montana.edu

Anne Angermeyr

Program Coordinator
212 Montana Hall
(406) 994-7136
annea@montana.edu

Self Evaluation

Teaching Goals Inventory Online Taking this inventory engages you in your own teaching values system. It forces you to clarify and prioritize. It is also an excellent preparation exercise for writing a statement of teaching philosophy. Its purpose is threefold: (1) to help college teachers become more aware of what they want to accomplish in individual courses; (2) to help faculty locate Classroom Assessment Techniques they can adapt and use to assess how well they are achieving their teaching and learning goals; and (3) to provide a starting point for discussion of teaching and learning goals among colleagues.

Flashlight Program Online Evaluations From the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group, this site contains a database of 500 indexed questions and evaluation building software. There is a yearly site license depending on the size of your institution.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) From the private sector, this site is based on standards of excellence that are applicable to the educational realm; comprehensive and complete.

Inviting Criticism of Your Own Ideas A Berkeley Compendium, this is an honest and open analysis for self evaluation and open discussion of educational alternatives.

Student Surveys of Teaching and Courses The Institutional Research and Evaluation Service (IRES) at Murdoch University in Western Australia has developed anassortment of student surveys to help the faculty collect feedback from students on their teaching or course.

The Teaching Portfolio at Washington State University According to the authors at Washington State University, a teaching portfolio is a compilation of information about a faculty member's teaching, made by that faculty member, often for use in consideration for tenure or promotion. It is not, in itself, an instrument for teaching evaluation, but a vehicle for presenting information which may include results of evaluations and which may itself contribute to evaluation.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) A division of the American Library Association, ACRL is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research, and accordingly, professional self-develpment and improvement.

EDUCAUSE An international nonprofit association dedicated to transforming higher education through information technologies. In July, 1998, EDUCAUSE was formed by joining together CAUSE and Educom. EDUCAUSE focuses on the management and use of computational, network, and information resources in support of higher education's missions of scholarship, instruction, service, and administration. While many of its services are aimed at the IT professional, their conferences and web site are useful for any educator seeking a better understanding of technology, with an emphasis on professional development.

POD The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education provides support and services to those interested in faculty development through conferences, newsletters, publications, and consulting.

PEER OBSERVATIONS A very good way to learn about your teaching is to engage the help of a peer in observing and reporting on your teaching. This is also a common requirement in departmental Promotion and Tenure processes. The Center for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Texas at Austin, has prepared a useful guide to this process.