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 their teaching and student 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 if there is a question about the quality of the learning environment as indicated by the Student Opinion Survey or other credible feedback. 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 the Student Opinion Survey 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.”
Updated September 2015