Summary of Services
Campus Advisory Group
Policies and Procedures
Campus and Academic Leaders Forum
Resources for Teaching
Course Design Institute
Part-time Faculty Guide
Ten Steps to Success
Certificate in University Teaching
Graduate Student Conference
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DIY with a Guide
Blended Learning Circle
Online Course Timeline
Student Support Programs
Campus Rules and Regs (PALS)
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Focus on Teaching and Technology
Graduate Student Conference
Contact the CTL
Student Technology Guide
Faculty Technology Guide
Events and Workshops
Summary and Rationale
LMS Decision Overview
Being your best often requires dedication and continued learning. UMSL offers many professional development events for part-time faculty through the Center for Teaching and Learning and other departments on campus. In addition to being an opportunity to grow your abilities, these professional development sessions are a great way to get rooted to the campus and make beneficial life-long connections.
The CTL is considering a mentoring program where part-time faculty could be paired with a full-time UMSL faculty to form mentoring partnership. This would a good way to get individual guidance on your teaching as well as have a sounding board for questions and concerns as you progress through the semester. If you are interested in being a part of this program, please complete this form and more information will be sent to you when the program is ready for launch.
Evaluation of Teaching
Many part-time faculty rarely receive feedback on their teaching and that is unfortunate. Finding out from the end-of-course student evaluations that your course wasn't going as well as you'd thought can be a scary outcome. At UMSL, though, we want to ensure you are hearing from students along the way. We have a few different methods for achieving this:
- Mid-semester feedback: Mid-semester feedback is an opt-in survey that will be sent to your students at the midway point of the semester. The survey focuses on the content of the course and how the course can be improved in the latter half of the term. You can opt-in to the survey at any point through about two months into the term.
- Mid-semester design survey: Our mid-semester design survey (different from above) is for online instructors. It focuses on the design and deployment of the online course rather than the content to seek ways to improve the online course experience. You may opt-in to both the mid-semester design survey and mid-semester feedback if you'd like.
- Open dialog: Some faculty want continuous feedback. For those who do, we offer a open comment box in the online environment of your course. Students can leave comments at any point in the semester and those comments will be forwarded to your email.
- In-class evaluation: An instructional designer can also sit-in on your in-person class to reflect on the class interactions and dynamic, giving you confidential feedback on your teaching after the class has concluded.
Instructional Strategy Consultations
The Center for Teaching and Learning has instructional designers on staff willing to consult with you about your course, students, or other academic questions. Instructional strategies recommended by the CTL are always based on best practices, research, and experience. To set up a meeting with an instructional designer, use the contact form linked at the top of this page.
A teaching portfolio can be an important aspect of your career path. They can be used in promotion opportunities and interviews to show proof of your teaching experience. UMSL encourages all faculty to keep record of their teaching, research, and work experiences using the MyVita portfolio system. MyVita will allow you to enter your accomplishments, service work, volunteering, and much more. The CTL offers training on the MyVita system biannually through our Faculty Colloquia series.
Workshops and events provided by the UMSL Center for Teaching and Learning can be found on the CTL homepage. Events are regularly updated so be sure to check back often. As a member of the faculty, you should also automatically receive the monthly CTL Newsletter where events are also highlighted. If you want to discuss matters not covered by any of our programs or simply want to meet with an instructional designer about the course you're teaching, don't hesitate to contact us.