Faculty and Staff

Services/Resources for Teachers

Teaching Tips
Each Friday throughout the fall and spring semesters, GV instructors receive an electronic Teaching Tip timed with the rhythm of the academic term. Suggestions related to pedagogy, student learning, classroom management, and technology issues are routinely included, as well as announcements about upcoming events. Instructors receive the Teaching Tip via their e-mail address. Previous Teaching Tips are archived on myView: HERE (login required).

CETL provides a wide range of confidential consultation services to individuals for developmental and formative purposes. We welcome the opportunity to work with instructors on any teaching topic of interest that will help them realize their goals. Topics of consultations often include interpreting IDEA student evaluation data. To help faculty understand and interpret their IDEA Diagnostic Forms, an Excel template is available to help instructors use their IDEA data as a tool for teaching improvement.  Click HERE to see the template. Other services include assisting with teaching philosophy statements, syllabus and course design, classroom management, or technology issues. CETL also offers teaching observations, midterm course reviews, and small group/class analysis services.

Peer Teaching Program
Teaching is often an isolating profession. Many times the only other observation faculty members have of a classroom comes from past experiences as a student their own undergraduate and graduate courses. The Peer Teaching Program at GV is intended to reverse this isolation and is open to faculty from all disciplines at the University. Participants of this voluntary program include newer faculty as well as those with many years of experience. The motivation of faculty to participate is a desire to improve student learning through more effective teaching in a collaborative and cooperative process. Teachers will learn from the strengths of their peer.

Participants may:

  • share syllabi, course objectives, and assessment documents with the partner;
  • visit a partner’s classroom as many times as possible; and
  • meet with each other to process feedback.

Participants benefit in many ways, including timely feedback to make changes in the current semester, knowledge and ability to reflect about good teaching practices in different disciplines, a trusted colleague with whom to share teaching successes and failures, and a sense of collegiality with peers who also participate in the program.

The CETL Library
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has a growing library related to teaching and learning. These resources are particularly rich in areas of active and collaborative learning, course design, student engagement, assessment, and teaching with technology. Located in 208 Rasmussen, the CETL Library Holdings are listed in the Grand View online library catalog.


Contact Kevin Gannon at 515-263-6102 ( for more information on any of these services.