SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF
Faculty Senate Resolution #91-29
1. Good Organization of Subject Matter and Course: Reflected in the objectives, course
materials, assignments, examinations, instructor preparation for class, and effective use of
2. Effective Communication: Reflected in lecturing ability including use of motivational
techniques such as audiovisual aids, clarity of presentation, verbal fluency, interpretation of
abstract ideas, good speaking ability, good listening skills, and the ability to communicate
the organization and sequence of a course.
3. Knowledge of and Enthusiasm for the Subject Matter and Teaching: Reflected in the choice
of textbook, readings and reference lists, lecture content, course syllabus, and personal
interest displayed in the subject and in teaching.
4. Positive Attitudes Toward Students: Reflected by helping students master subject matter,
encouraging students to ask questions and express opinions, being accessible to students
outside the classroom, and expressing a general concern for student learning.
5. Fairness in Examinations and Grading: Reflected in clarity of student assessment
procedures including papers, assignments, exams, classroom discussion, and other
activities, including relative weight toward grade, consistency among objectives, course
content, and assessment procedures, and timely, useful feedback on student progress.
6. Flexibility in Approaches to Teaching: Reflected in the use of alternative teaching strategies
such as small group discussion, simulations, use of audiovisual materials, and varying the
approach and pace of instruction to meet different learning styles among students.
7. Appropriate Student Learning Outcomes: Reflected in student performance on various
assessment measures and positive changes in student attitudes and values.