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Faculty Consultations

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) believes that one of the best ways to grow as an instructor is to talk about your experiences in the classroom. To that end, we will offer private faculty consultations on a first-come first-served basis each semester.

There are many different ways to focus on yourself as an educator through FCTL Faculty Consultations. Learn more below and pick the method that sounds best to you.

There are three ways to become a part of the FCTL Faculty Consultation Program. You can request a classroom observation, a SGID (small group instructional diagnosis), or an individual consultation. Whichever you choose, these options are completely confidential. No one will ever receive any information about your consultation unless you choose to share it.

FCTL Faculty Consultations are FORMATIVE and OPTIONAL. They are not part of your evaluation process at ACC, nor are they required in any way.

Classroom Observations

A classroom observation allows a faculty member to get an impartial visitor to their classroom. You can request observation for one whole class meeting or just for a part of a class meeting. The FCTL will provide an observer, observe your class, and then have a face-to-face or online meeting with you to discuss the results of the observation.

Observations are a great way to learn about all the things you are doing well and to get some ideas for things you might consider. They are informal, will be conducted by a member of the FCTL, and will give you personalized feedback on your teaching.

Observations can be scheduled at any point during the semester. You can pick the class meeting you’d like to have observed.

Process:

  1. Complete the application on this page.
  2. Work with the FCTL to pick two dates: one for the observation and one for the post-observation discussion.
  3. Complete the observation session.
  4. Complete the post-observation discussion.
  5. Give feedback to the FCTL about your experience.
SGIDs

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

A SGID is like a focus group for your students. In 20-25 minutes, your class will be broken into small groups and asked questions about their experience of your teaching. SGIDs are well-known as a great way to get deep insight into the student perspective of your class (do a google search for small group instructional diagnosis!). After the classroom component of your SGID is completed, you’ll get a written summary of student comments and meet (face to face or online) with an FCTL member who will discuss the results with you.

Having a SGID is a lot like a mid-semester student evaluation that is not tied to the official ACC evaluation process. You’ll learn a lot about how your teaching methods are working for your students.

Observations can be scheduled at any point during the semester, but best practices suggest that around mid-term is the optimal time. SGIDs do not require that you allow anyone to observe your teaching. You’ll be asked to step out of your classroom while the SGID takes place.

Process:

  1. Complete the application on this page.
  2. Work with the FCTL to pick two dates: one for the SGID (20-25 minutes of class time) and one for the post-SGID discussion.
  3. Complete the SGID.
  4. Complete the post-SGID discussion.
  5. Give feedback to the FCTL about your experience.
Individual Consultations

An individual consultation is simply a chance to meet with a fellow faculty member to discuss your teaching. You’ll meet with an FCTL member who will listen to your concerns and strengths and discuss ideas for growth as a teacher. These one-time (or repeated) visits will give you the chance to talk about teaching in an informal, one-on-one setting.

Since consultations are accomplished without a class visit, you’ll take the lead in the discussion. You’ll highlight what you wish to focus on, so these sessions are all about your needs.

Consultations can be scheduled at any point during the semester. You should expect 30 minutes to one hour of informal conversation aimed at teaching growth.

Process:

  1. Complete the application on this page.
  2. Work with the FCTL to pick the date of your consultation.
  3. Complete the consultation session.
  4. Give feedback to the FCTL about your experience.

FCTL Consultation Application

Apply here

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