Teaching Portfolio

This teaching portfolio highlights both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of my teaching effectiveness. Section 1 includes nomination letters and letters of support for teaching awards. Section 2 includes Faculty Course Questionnaire Results for my entire teaching career at UCCS. Overall ratings are presented, as well as all teaching evaluation forms and copies of syllabi.


Section 1: Teaching Award Nominations and Letters of Support


UCCS College of Letters, Arts, and Science Outstanding Teaching Award 2014 (nominated)

*Letter of Nomination

*Faculty Letter of Support

UCCS Faculty Assembly Outstanding Teaching Award 2013 (nominated)

*Letter of Nomination

*Three Student Letters of Support

*Faculty Letter of Support


Section 2: Faculty Course Questionnaire Results for Fall 2010 – Spring 2014

2010-2011

 

Course Number and Semester

Course Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

Instructor Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

 

My Rating

Dept.

College

My Rating

Dept.

College

HIST 1020 (fall 2010) –
The Medieval World

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

4.7

4.8

4.7

5.3

5.1

5.1

HIST 3000 (fall 2010) –
Spain and North Africa

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.6

5.3

5.3

HIST 1030 (spring 2011) –
Early Modern Europe

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.3

4.8

4.8

5.8

5.1

5.1

HIST 3000 (spring 2011) –
Medieval Mediterranean

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.3

5.0

5.0

5.5

5.3

5.3

2011-2012

 

Course Number and Semester

Course Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

Instructor Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

My Rating

Dept.

College

My Rating

Dept.

College

ID 1010 (fall 2011) –
“Driven” – Freshman Seminar – team taught course
.
See Note 1 below.

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

4.0

4.7

4.7

6.0

5.1

5.1

HIST 6110 (fall 2011)
– section 1 –
Graduate –
Medieval European Readings

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.6

5.2

5.2

5.9

5.5

5.5

HIST 6110 (fall 2011)
– section 2 –
Graduate –
Medieval European Readings

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.8

5.2

5.2

6.0

5.5

5.5

HIST 1020 (spring 2012) –
The Medieval World

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.1

4.7

4.7

5.4

5.1

5.1

HIST 9400 (spring 2012) –
an independent study course
with 10 students

-Download evals. (PDF).

-No syllabus.

6.0

5.2

5.2

6.0

5.5

5.5

HIST 7110 (spring 2012)
– section 1–
Graduate –
Medieval European Research

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.5

5.2

5.2

5.9

5.5

5.5

HIST 7110 (spring 2012)
– section 2 –
Graduate –
Medieval European Research

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.9

5.2

5.2

5.9

5.5

5.5

2012-2013

 

Course Number and Semester

Course Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

Instructor Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

My Rating

Dept.

College

My Rating

Dept.

College

HIST 4150 (fall 2012) –
Medieval Science & Technology

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.3

5.1

5.0

5.8

5.4

5.4

HIST 3480 (fall 2012) –
Early Modern Europe

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.2

5.1

5.0

5.4

5.4

5.4

HIST 4160 (spring 2013) –
Spain and North Africa

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.6

5.1

5.1

5.7

5.4

5.4

HIST 4990 (spring 2013) –
Senior Thesis.
See Note 2 below.

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

4.4

5.1

5.1

5.9

5.4

5.4

HIST 9400 (spring 2013) –
an independent study course
with 3 students

-Download evals. (PDF).

-No syllabus.

6.0

5.3

5.3

6.0

5.5

5.5

2013-2014

 

Course Number and Semester

Course Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

Instructor Overall Rating

(out of 6.0)

(Average)

My Rating

Dept.

College

My Rating

Dept.

College

HIST 1020 (fall 2013) –
The Medieval World

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.1

4.7

4.7

5.6

5.1

5.1

HIST 4280 (fall 2013) –
Trans-Atlantic Empires

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.6

5.4

5.4

5.8

5.4

5.4

HIST 6110 (spring 2014) –
Graduate –
Medieval European Readings

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

5.4

5.3

5.3

5.3

5.5

5.6

HUM 3990 (spring 2014) –
Digital Humanity –
Online team taught course.
See Note 3 below.

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

4.1

5.2

5.1

5.3

5.4

5.4

HUM 3990 (spring 2014) –
The Renaissance –

Team taught course. HUM 3990 is a required course for graduation for all university students.

-Download evals. (PDF).

-Download syllabus (PDF).

4.9

5.2

5.1

5.6

5.4

5.4

Note 1:

At the special request of former UCCS Provost Bacon, I co-taught in the Freshman Seminar “Driven” course ID 1010 during Fall 2011, where my students rated the course “overall” a 4.0 out of 6.0 and my instructor “overall” performance a 6.0 out of 6.0. I was professionally disappointed to learn that Freshman Seminar students rated the course so low (4.0), but rated my instructor level so high (6.0). As this four-person co-taught course was experimenting with significant changes to the course work, I believe the course lacked enough coherence. I will need to put greater effort into working with my colleagues on developing more clearly defined course objectives and engaging assignments. As with any co-taught course, I know that through additional collaboration that we can generate a superior course.

Note 2:

During spring 2013, I was very pleased to supervise 25+ students in HIST 4990, the department’s required senior thesis course. Two of the students I supervised presented their senior theses at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, which was held on campus from June 28-30, 2013.  I believe the impressive outcomes for these two senior thesis students helps to mitigate the course’s overall rating of 4.4 on a 6.0 scale. Teaching this required course to undergraduates is especially challenging given it requires students to formulate an original research question and prepare a 20+ page analysis using primary and secondary sources. Furthermore, my overall instructor rating of 5.9 on a 6.0 scale seems to indicate my students approved of my teaching, but were less pleased with the challenges of the course.

Note 3:

At the request of the UCCS Chair of the Department of English and UCCS Chair of the Department of Philosophy, I was asked to co-develop and team teach a new online course exploring “Digital Humanity.” The course’s development is considered critical to the university’s entry into the online environment, especially because HUM 3990 is required for graduation for all university students. I accepted the challenge of not only teaching this course, but as the only assistant professor on the team, I helped to teach my senior colleagues how to teach in an online environment. This was the first offering of this experimental course, which is now being expanded by the UCCS College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.  Currently, we are revising the course to improve it.