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The Center for Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning (CeTEAL) is a resource for faculty who wish to improve their teaching and their students’ learning. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of our Center and is important to build trust with the faculty we serve. The teaching assessment services that we provide are formative in nature, neither summative nor evaluative. In other words, our services act as feedback to the instructor so that he/she can improve; they are not meant to be used for any final yearly evaluation or in the promotion and tenure process, unless the instructor chooses to do so.

Classroom Observations, Student Feedback Sessions, and Other Consultations
CeTEAL respects the confidentiality of any individual consultation that occurs between a faculty member and the CeTEAL staff. When a faculty member requests an individual consultation, a classroom observation, or a mid-semester student feedback session, these encounters are considered private. The CeTEAL staff will not share any information about the consultation with any third party, except at the request of that faculty member. 

General Faculty Teaching and Technology Seminars
CeTEAL keeps a record of the names of faculty members who attend our regularly scheduled teaching and technology training seminars. This is done for two reasons:  1) we need the numbers of faculty that we helped for our year-end reports and assessments, and 2) we need the records in order to provide individual faculty members with training transcripts for his/her annual report (these are found by faculty member on our website). If a faculty member does not wish that his/her name be recorded, we will honor that request and record an anonymous attendee. These records are not public and the data is used by CeTEAL only in aggregate form.

 The following programs are exceptions to the Confidentiality Policy

New Faculty Programs
The University requires all new slotted faculty members to attend the New Faculty Orientation and New Faculty Seminar Series during their first year. CeTEAL reports faculty attendance at these events to the chairs, deans, and provost. 

Quality Enhancement Program: Experiential Learning (QEP/EL)
The University also requires that any faculty or instructor that teaches a QEP/EL course will attend QEP/EL training Orientation and seminars. Faculty attendance at these events is reported to the director of the QEP.

 Distance Learning Institute

Certain sessions are reported for faculty who receive COOL Grants from the Coastal Office of Online Learning. Reporting is limited to the required session and other sessions taken for professional development stipends as part of the grant.