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Observation and Evaluation
For the Certificate in College Teaching, TAs and GPTIs must undergo one faculty
classroom observation and one faculty evaluation. It is up to the individual to
decide if these are two separate operations or not. One is sufficient for the purposes
of the Graduate Teacher Program.
Acceptance for the Certificate in College Teaching rests on a departmental faculty
member’s evaluation of the graduate student’s classroom teaching. The graduate
student must be teaching a lab, recitation, or course for which they have
responsibility over the course of a full semester.
The graduate student may choose the faculty member who will provide the evaluation or simply ask the faculty
member who is in charge of TAs and GPTIs in the department. The faculty member
has the right and responsibility either to recommend or not to recommend the
graduate teacher for certification based on departmental standards for excellence in
teaching. If the faculty member does not recommend the student based on
classroom performance, the student may reapply and be re‐evaluated the following
Submit the Observation and Evaluation
The faculty member who is evaluating a graduate student for Certificate in College
Teaching may either print the evaluation on departmental letterhead and submit it:
A copy should also be kept in the graduate teacher’s departmental file.
The evaluation should include the date, time, course title, and name of the graduate
teacher observed and/or evaluated. Faculty may observe and evaluate graduate
teachers in their discipline according to any format and any standards they choose.
Faculty may use the department’s own departmental evaluation form, write an
original evaluation, or use the questions below.
Guide for Faculty Observation and Evaluation
( The following questions are provided simply as guides; faculty may write additional comments.)
1. According to the standards of your department and your discipline, does this
graduate teacher (TA or GPTI) rate highly on excellence in teaching (i.e., would you
recommend this graduate teacher for an academic position in your discipline)?
2. How does this graduate teacher demonstrate excellence in teaching in your
3. How does the graduate teacher compare to other graduate teachers'
performances in similar classes in your department?
4. What did you like best about the graduate teacher's instruction in your discipline?
5. What did you like least about the graduate teacher's instruction in your
6. How would you recommend that the graduate teacher improve his/her
instruction in your discipline?
7. Do you or do you not recommend this graduate teacher for certification? Why or
If you do not recommend the teacher for certification at this time, please
encourage the person to continue to work on his/her teaching through
departmental activities, Graduate Teacher Program workshops, faculty assistance,
and videotape consultation. The student may reapply during the next academic year.