Here are a couple of things to remember as we approach the end of the semester:


Commencement is back. After being changed to a drive-through event in 2020, then a walk-through event in 2021, then an optional event in 2022, commencement is once again a required event for full-faculty. This year we can choose which of the three ceremonies we want to attend on May 6. You should make your choice soon. Stephen Sciciliano sent an email on April 5 with a link to the sign-up form. i


The Peer Feedback requirement is changed. In the old contract, full-time faculty were required to undergo some sort of teaching observation AND get feedback on some element of instruction. Now, under the collective bargaining agreement ratified last summer, faculty can choose two types of feedback from a menu of options. The new contract says that we should get our choices approved by our supervisors and discuss the reviews in our annual reports. Note that provisional faculty have different requirements. Here are the choices: 


  • A classroom observation by your supervisor or a designated faculty member.
  • An observation of an online course by another faculty member added as a guest in your Moodle shell.
  • A faculty review of a particular assignment or other instructional artifact, such as an assessment, outcomes, class policies, or instructional videos. Reviews may be conducted by faculty in different departments.
  • Participation in a departmental assessment or curriculum review, such as the Capstone review in Communications.
  • Participation in the Online Course Review Cohort; the online peer review evaluation; ELI Fellows; or the Teaching Fellows program.
  • A small Group Individual Diagnosis (SGID) conducted by the Center for Instructional Excellence in consultation with the faculty supervisor. These are typically conducted mid-semester.


Depending on your situation, you may not need to solicit any sort of review or just one type. Check with your chair and/or a Faculty Association representative if you have questions about what you should do.