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The Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IETL) offers faculty:

  • Support and assistance in identifying and developing innovative models of excellent instruction.
  • Opportunities to dialogue among faculty members regarding the art and science of teaching.
  • IETL Faculty Ambassador program, with representatives from the academic units coordinating discipline-specific teaching supports and professional growth.
  • Faculty development workshops offered across Chapman University.
  • IETL Canvas Organization (see “Teaching Resources from the IETL” on your Canvas landing page beginning July 1, 2020), with pedagogical resources as you navigate teaching in a HyFlex environment, and as you work to maintain engagement and inclusion in the classroom.
  • Instructional Video Studio in which faculty can easily produce their own instructional video content using the One Button Studio platform, including chroma key (green screen) and LearningGlass technologies (closed until further notice due to our concerns for the health and protection of Chapman employees and their families).
  • Assistance in integrating effective, relevant, and innovative technologies into instruction.
  • One-on-one consultations to develop effective teaching skills and/or to address specific teaching challenges.
  • Assistance in developing teaching portfolios for the purposes of Tenure and Promotion Review. 
  • Opportunities for acculturation to Chapman University.

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Faculty Course Evaluations (ClassClimate)

How are course evaluations conducted and the results shared with faculty members at Chapman University?

Students at Chapman University evaluate faculty members using an online platform called ClassClimate at the end of every term. Results of those evaluations for each class and instructor are emailed as a PDF attachment to every faculty member once the reports become available. Results of these paperless evaluations are generally sent to faculty members within two weeks after the date grades for the term were due. Paper-based course evaluation results (such as in Fowler School of Law) take significantly longer due to the time it takes to scan all paper evaluations for the term.

Faculty members should save the PDFs with their course evaluation results for use in their annual reviews and e-portfolios for critical, tenure, and promotion review.

I can't find my prior course evaluation results that I saved after receiving them via email. What can I do?

Faculty members are able to access the ClassClimate website only when there is no active data collection or open grading period. Because Chapman University has multiple academic calendars in operation simultaneously, we strongly suggest all faculty members review and store the PDF copies of their evaluation results that they receive via email, instead of relying on 'on-demand' access to the ClassClimate website. There are very few times during the year when the ClassClimate website is open to faculty members for direct downloads.

If we are in a period when no active data collection is in process, the results for the past six academic years can be downloaded directly through ClassClimate (link below). 

Evaluations older than six years must be requested by emailing survey@chapman.edu.

How are results viewed directly in ClassClimate?

If you are a faculty member accessing your own evaluation results, please login using your Chapman username and password.

If you are a Dean or Chair accessing evaluation results for faculty in your area, please login using the special role-based username and password that was given to you. If you do not have this information, please email survey@chapman.edu.

Below are some documents with instructions on how to access ClassClimate. The documents located in "MyWindow" will require your Chapman login.

I tried to log into ClassClimate to view my evaluation results and it says my account has been deactivated. Why?

This means we are currently collecting evaluation data or there is an open grading period. You will need to rely on the emailed PDFs you previously received or, if you need immediate access, you may ask your dean/chair who reviews your course evaluations to download your past results and send them to you. 

I no longer work for Chapman University. How can I get a copy of my course evaluations?

If you are no longer employed at Chapman University and need access to your course evaluations, please email survey@chapman.edu. with your name and the course numbers and sections, terms taught, along with the academic years, and we will assist you.

For any questions related to ClassClimate, please email survey@chapman.edu.

How do I request a redaction of a qualitative student comment I believe is discriminatory?

Please read the Course Evaluation Redaction Policy.

Statement of Ethical Guidelines

The IETL is affiliated with the Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) in Higher Education. It recognizes and abides by the standards for ethical practice collaboratively developed and endorsed by the organization.

  • Participation in all activities sponsored by the IETL, including individual consultations and public events, is voluntary on the part of the faculty member.
  • Attendance at workshops and other public events is a matter of public record.
  • All individual consultations with the IETL are private. We do not disclose any information from our consultations to anyone, including department chairs, deans, and other university administrators, unless the faculty member requests that we do so and authorizes the release of the information in writing. This includes the identities of those with whom we work, the information they share with us, and data we gather on their behalf through classroom observations, interactions with students, and other work.
  • If IETL staff members learn of activity that is illegal or inconsistent with university policies, or if we have good reason to believe the safety of others is at risk, we are obligated to report such information to the appropriate University office.
  • All materials that are generated in the course of observations, consultations, and related work are the property of the faculty member. We do not share materials generated in consultations, observations, focus groups, or other services without permission. Faculty members are free to share these materials as they deem appropriate.
  • IETL activities and staff are completely separate from all personnel processes: we do not provide evaluative or summative reports for reappointment, tenure, or promotion, nor do we make recommendations for awards or grants.

Have a question or need assistance?

You can

  • contact us at IETL@chapman.edu 
  • visit us in Beckman Hall 108 on the main campus (until further notice, please note that staff members are currently working remotely)
  • or call us at (714) 628-2720 (extension 2720) from any campus telephone.

Until further notice, office hours will be by appointment only. Please contact Jana Remy or Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith to make an appointment.