Faculty Observation Program
In order to improve the quality of teaching at AAU and provide the best educational experience for our students, we are continuing our Faculty Observation Program this semester. This program provides instructors with teaching strategies that can result in better support for students, an improved quality of student work, improved retention and a more engaging class environment.
Classroom observations are a direct way to provide instructors with feedback about teaching approaches and activities, as well as clarify expectations held by AAU. They provide an opportunity to showcase your strengths, identify areas for improvement, and serve as a training tool by increasing your awareness of teaching practices to model.
The Faculty Observation Program is a formal assessment practice, similar to observations conducted at many colleges and universities.
With this in mind, please use the teaching criteria (view below) as a reference guide to help you with classroom teaching, management, and for meeting AAU expectations. The criteria will be used for assessment during the observations, however please also refer to it when teaching your classes every week. Use it as a training tool to help you focus on specifics that can make you a more effective instructor.
Please note that instructors teaching for the first time at AAU receive classroom visits from teaching coaches. During that time, they are provided with feedback for training purposes. That process is not part of the Faculty Observation Program.
Our strength as a university is due to the professional artists that choose to come and work with our students. Thank you being part of their experience and for the positive impact you have had. It is our hope that through the Faculty Observation process, we foster communication with our instructors that enables them to implement more effective teaching practices, and create more productive classroom experiences for our students.
Faculty Evaluation and Coaching