Classroom Observation Guidelines
A classroom observation, either in class or online should be a positive and supportive experience for faculty. The purpose of the classroom observation is to observe instruction, provide suggestions to improve instructional strategies and/or professional interaction, and share the observation with faculty to enhance teaching and learning.
- Observations of NEW part-time and full-time faculty must be completed within the first terms of their employment.
- Full-time faculty members on extendible contracts should be observed during the same academic year as their scheduled Performance Assessment & Professional Development Plan. However, Division Directors may elect to observe faculty on a more frequent basis. Faculty members may also request to be observed more frequently.
- Full-time faculty members on conditional contracts should be observed every year.
- Part-time faculty members should be observed yearly for their first three years of employment. After three years, part-time faculty members should be observed every other year unless the results of Course Evaluations or other credible information indicates less than expected performance.
- Division directors may ask others to serve as observers (such as Program/Discipline Chairs); however, observers should be experienced faculty on continuing contracts.
- Observations should be at least fifty minutes.
- The observer should be familiar with the descriptors of the classroom observation form and use factual and descriptive observation notes, avoiding vague terms like “good job” or “nice.”