About Teaching at CWU
As a public regional comprehensive university, CWU strives to create an engaging learning environment and therefore places its highest priority on teaching, learning, and student success. As a faculty member it is your responsibility to understand and apply CWU’s policies related to teaching and learning and to continuously improve the learning experience for your students and the teaching experience for you.
These pages provide a one-stop shop for teaching resources at Central Washington University. Teaching Resources provides policy and professional development resources. Teaching Support Systems gives information on the management systems and software used at CWU to support teaching. Teaching Forms has links to forms related to teaching including forms to schedule a course already in the catalog. Creating a new course requires submission through Curriculog (see Teaching Support Systems).
Teaching Workload: A typical faculty workload will have around 80% teaching including individual studies, cooperative education, and supervision. Appendix A of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the United Faculty of Central and CWU outlines the types of courses offered and how workload is assigned.
FERPA: Faculty are expected to understand and follow the regulations set out in CWU’s policy on Student Records (CWUP 2-20-070) based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA training is required of faculty annually.
Please contact the Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Faculty Affairs if something you need is missing so it can be added.
Understanding the CWU Student: Each CWU student brings unique and valued contributions to the CWU community. Planning for fully engaging each student in a supportive learning environment that encourages, intellectual inquiry, exploration, and application requires knowledge of our student body. Here are some student demographics to get you started.
Curriculum Development: Curriculum is under the purview of the faculty at CWU. Faculty in academic departments have the responsibility to develop specific courses and programs and to initiate course/program changes. The Board of Trustees ultimately approves all new program proposals.
There are a number of Curriculum Polices that govern curriculum at CWU. All curriculum proposals including new courses or programs, changes to existing courses or programs, and deletion of courses or programs are submitted through Curriculog (see Teaching Support Systems).
Syllabus Development: A course syllabus provide structure for you and your students. CWU Policy 5-90-040(37) gives a list of mandatory components to the syllabus. Here are some syllabus templates created by different entities across CWU:
- Online Course Syllabus Template
- College of Business Model Syllabus
- College in the High School syllabus template
Prior to creation of your syllabus, you should understand the CWU policies on:
- Submit grades
- Change a student’s grade
- Write and Assess Student Learning Outcomes
- Report Behaviors of Concern (button on upper right)
- Close out a Canvas course
Evaluation of Teaching:
The Faculty Senate Evaluation and Assessment Committee has prepared Guidelines for the Evaluation of Teaching and a Report on Peer Review of Teaching. Information on Student Evaluation of Instructions can be found at the Academic Assessment website.
Other Teaching Opportunities at CWU: All faculty teach courses within their discipline at a variety of levels (e.g. non-major, lower division, upper division, graduate). Many faculty choose to share their expertise in other ways. Consider the following options:
- Honors Program
- Transfer Onboarding Courses (coming Fall 2020)
- First Year Seminar (XXXX 184)
- Interdisciplinary Programs (website under construction)
- International Programs
Selected Resources on Effective Teaching: There are many great teaching resources available to faculty on the internet. Here are a few to get you started:
- Seven Principles for Good Practice: Enhancing Student Learning
- Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
- It’s a Start: Tips for the First Few Days of a Course
- Reaching the Second Tier: Learning and Teaching Styles in College Education
- All in a Day’s Work: Managing Disruptive Behavior
Useful Teaching Links:
- General Education
- Academic Service Learning
- Distinguished Professor of Teaching
- Report Behaviors of Concern (button on upper right)
Teaching Support System Information
Class and Student Information: MyCWU is Central’s information portal. It is an important resource for managing all your work at CWU. To access the portal, find the link at the top of the CWU homepage and login with your CWU username and password. From MyCWU you can support your teaching by accessing your course schedule, class rosters, advisees, academic early alert, grades roster, and much more. These are all found under the Faculty Tab. Information and instructions can be found on the HR website.Course Management: Canvas is Central’s learning management system. The link to Canvas is in your MyCWU Faculty Dashboard in the Applications box. Get online assistance with Canvas and sign up for workshops through the Office of Multimodal Learning.Documentation of Teaching: Faculty 180 is the software used to enter and approve faculty workload plans and to document faculty work. The link to Faculty 180 is in your MyCWU Faculty Dashboard in the Applications box. See Faculty 180 Guidelines to determine the documentation required to demonstrate your teaching success.Textbook Orders: Verba Collect is the web-based service for ordering course textbooks. Check Frequently Asked Questions for information about textbook ordering, custom publishing, and coursepacks.Curriculum Proposals: Curriculog is Central’s electronic curriculum management system. Access Curriculog from the Applications box in MyCWU. Once in Curriculog, be sure to login. The Curriculog User’s Guide provides instructions and information.Academic Programs and Course Descriptions: The Academic Catalog provides information on CWU courses and academic programs.
- Teaching Forms