Teaching

Teaching includes instruction at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in philosophy, and all other viable forms of instruction. The following are some examples of evidence of successful teaching, not an exhaustive list. All candidates for reappointment, tenure, and promotion are required to provide the items marked with an asterisk in their file for each class taught.

  1. Instruction and Delivery

    1. Representative syllabi from each course (e.g. PHIL 11001), indicating scope of class, class requirements, exam and paper schedule, grading procedure, reading assignments. *
    2. Copies of examinations given in each course, requirements for papers, and any course handouts. * 
    3. Student evaluations, including all numeric data and student comments contained in the SSI Report to the department, from each class the candidate has taught. *
    4. Peer review and evaluation of teaching, including visitation of the instructor’s classes during the time he or she is a candidate for tenure.
    5. Evidence of outstanding achievement, such as teaching awards. The value or weight of any one award will depend upon the review process, and the level of competition (college, university, state, region, or national award).
    6. Honors course contact-hours and additional requirements added to non-honors courses. 
    7. Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) contact-hours and additional requirements added to non-ELR courses.  

    Teaching Excellence Committee Reports will be included in each candidate’s file by the Chair.

  2. Curriculum Design and Review

    1. Demonstrated significant involvement in curricular development and/or review beyond participation in routine Curriculum Committee or other Departmental service activities.
  3. Advising, Mentoring and Supervision

    1. Participation on Honors and M.A. thesis committees within the Department, as well as Honors, MA, and Doctoral theses outside the Department. 
    2. Other significant student research and career advising.
  4. Professional Development

    1. Publication of instructional software, computer-based instructional materials, or instructor's manuals for software or textbooks.
    2. Organizing and conducting workshops and/or seminars on pedagogy.
    3. Participation in faculty development programs for teaching.
    4. Manuscript reviewing/refereeing for pedagogy journals and/or publishers.
    5. Grant proposal reviewing/refereeing for external granting agencies and foundations focusing on pedagogy.
    6. Seeking professionally reviewed pedagogy research and/or instructional grants.  Extra weight is placed on successfully receipt of grants.