(The topics listed below reflect a broad concept of teaching. Others might be added.)
1. Percentage of appointment devoted to teaching, if stipulated
2. Courses recently and currently taught, with credit hours and enrollments
When instructional duties for a course are shared, those of the faculty member should be described or at least represented by a percentage. Attachment of typical syllabi as exhibits may be appropriate.
3. Work with individual students
Examples: Guidance of independent study or undergraduate or graduate research; direction of theses; supervision of postdocs.
Examples: Advising for the Student Advising and Learning Center (SALC), advising of student majors, advising students competing for prestigious scholarships, or advising students for admission to graduate or professional programs. Approximate numbers of students advised, etc. should be included. (Advising students in one’s own classes specifically about those classes does not belong here).
5. Instructional innovations
Innovation is not essential to good teaching, but credit should be taken for major efforts to improve teaching.
Examples: Novel use of instructional technology; development of collaborative arrangements outside the unit and/or university; adoption of such methods as collaborative learning, use of case studies, etc.
6. Extraordinary efforts with special groups of students
Examples: Exceptionally able students; members of underrepresented groups or groups facing special challenges (women in mathematics, men in nursing, returning students, physically impaired students).
7. Use of disciplinary research in teaching
Examples: Modification of syllabi, laboratory experiments, reading lists, etc., in light of one’s own research; involvement of students in one’s own research; special activities for helping students to develop creative and critical thinking skills for use in their research; ways in which teaching helps research.
8. Out-of-class evaluation activities
Examples: Participation in assessment of educational outcomes, such as end-of-program assessment; participation in conducting examinations for advanced degrees; screening students for scholarships and other distinctions.
9. Service on WSU or other committees concerned mainly with instruction
Examples: Service on the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee; college and department committees of the same general kind.
10. Learning more about teaching
Examples: Programs of systematic reading in the literature on teaching; attending short courses and professional conferences concerned with teaching; leading or participating in faculty seminars concerned with teaching issues.
11. Projects and potential projects requiring non-state funding
Teaching-centered grants received and grant proposals under consideration. When other faculty members are involved, the role of the faculty member who is reporting should be made clear