UMSL has a strong tradition of teaching excellence. Together with the other institutions in the University of Missouri System, UMSL continues on a path to create a comprehensive method for measuring teaching effectiveness to align with a meaningful recognition and reward structure for distinction in teaching.

UMSL faculty deserve a comprehensive, clear and meaningful process for evaluating their teaching as it pertains to their own professional development goals and prospects for tenure, promotion or merit recognition. Enhancing teaching effectiveness provides many benefits in the classroom and helps students achieve learning outcomes. Measuring teaching effectiveness relies on feedback and assessment, which improves communication between students and faculty, increases student motivation, advances student learning, and assists instructors in tailoring the course to the needs of students. Teaching that excels in achieving effective student learning must be assessed and rewarded in ways reflecting its high priority to the university, its teachers and, most importantly, its students.

Here, you can find resources for various tools to improve teaching effectiveness, along with information on the ways in which the university is dedicated to improving student learning through feedback and assessment.


Student Feedback


Peer Observation


Self-Reflection and Professional Development on Teaching

  • Teaching Log
  • Sample Self-Reflection Guiding Questions
  • Programs for Strengthening Your Teaching 

Teaching Effectiveness Taskforce