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 and neither summative nor evaluative. CeTEAL services are consultative in nature and act as feedback to instructors so that they can improve. Our services are not meant to be used for yearly evaluations, in the hiring process, or in the promotion and tenure process, unless the instructor chooses to do so.
- Classroom Observations with or without 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. Faculty members may choose to use this information as part of their annual reports or the promotion and tenure process.
- 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 sessions. We collect this data for two reasons: 1) we use the numbers of faculty that we helped for our year-end reports and assessments, and 2) we use the records to provide individual faculty members with training transcripts for their annual report (see CeTEAL website under MyCeTEAL). If a faculty member does not wish for their 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. Teaching Associate (Adjunct) Orientation is also reported to chairs, deans, and provosts upon request.
- Associate Faculty Orientation
Attending this orientation is optional, attendance is reported upon request to department chairs and college deans.
- Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation
Attendance is required and reported to the Associate Provost of Graduate Studies and direct supervisors upon request.
- 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 sessions and other sessions taken for professional development stipends as part of the grant.
- Letters of Support or Recommendation for Faculty
If a faculty member requests a letter of support or recommendation from a CeTEAL staff member, we may use specific information about the faculty member and our services that are relevant to request. Faculty making the request understand that they are allowing CeTEAL to disclose relevant confidential information.