Teaching Excellence


The Faculty Senate, in partnership with the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, seeks to improve DU’s methods of course evaluation and teaching review for the purpose of annual reviews, promotion, and reappointment. This initiative will involve a multi-year and multi-committee process to have a robust, rigorous, and evidence-based set of methods to assess teaching performance holistically, and that allows units flexibility of practice in a way that best aligns with their faculty and academic programs.

Senate Motion Establishing the Task Force (pdf)

Governance and Structural Change: Teaching Excellence Task Force

This Task Force is the faculty-driven and also includes staff with subject matter expertise and administrators with oversight or job responsibilities in these areas. This group is responsible for overseeing policy changes and making recommendations to Senate for iterative motions over the life of this initiative. The charge of the Task Force is:

  1. Survey local and national models
  2. Identify additional metrics for demonstrating teaching success
  3. Review/revise existing metrics like student evaluations of teaching
  4. Document findings and create recommendations
  5. Develop iterative changes and Senate motions


  • Paula Adamo, Spanish Language, Literary, and Cultural Studies (starting 2021)
  • Mohammed Albow, Computer Science (20-21)
  • Leslie Alvarez, OTL (co-chair, 21-22)
  • Jeff Bowen, Daniels (20-21)
  • Jillian Blueford, MCE
  • Richard Colby,  Writing Program (starting 2021)
  • Michelle Kruse-Crocker, University College
  • Claude d’Estree, Korbel
  • Jared Del Rosso, Sociology and Criminology (co-chair, 21-22)
  • Barbekka Hurtt, Biological Sciences
  • Christina Paguyo, OTL (20-21)
  • Sarah Pessin, Senate President (co-chair, 20-21)
  • Kate Willink, VPFA (co-chair, 20-21)
Department- and Unit-level Change: Department Action Teams (DATs)

To begin engaging in department-level teaching evaluation change, a multi-year cohort program begins in 2022. This project supports the work of the Teaching Excellence Task Force and guides departments through a change process known as “Department Action Teams” (DATs). Participating departments/programs will determine ways to apply the Teaching Quality Framework and ensure three voices (self, student, peer) are reflected in teaching evaluation for annual and consequential review.

DATs at DU: Click here for more details and to participate

Faculty Fellows of Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Fellows of Teaching and Learning are key partners with the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Collaborating primarily with the Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Fellows are engaging in activities to support change processes, build community, and lead efforts that advance DU’s university-wide initiative to move the institution beyond the use of student evaluations as a primary mode of evaluating teaching performance for merit, promotion, and reappointment. These fellows serve on the Teaching Excellence Task Force and as DAT facilitators.

Dr. Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Barbekka Hurtt, Associate Teaching Professor Biological Sciences

Dr. Barbekka Hurtt, Associate Teaching Professor Biological Sciences

June 2022Teaching Excellence
May 2022Teaching Excellence

Provost’s Spring Conference Events

Teaching Excellence Task Force meets

DAT session

April 2022Teaching Excellence

Provost’s Spring Conference Events

Teaching Excellence Task Force meets

DATs kick-off

March 2022Teaching Excellence
February 2022Teaching Excellence
January 2022Teaching Excellence
December 2021Teaching Excellence
Sept 2021Teaching Excellence
November 2021Teaching Excellence
Oct 2021Teaching Excellence

Faculty Fellows of Teaching and Learning announced

Teaching Excellence Task Force Chairs present to Deans’ Council

Teaching Excellence Task Force host roundtables during Provost’s Reception: Advancing Equity in Faculty Workload and Rewards

August 2021
August 2021Teaching Excellence

Reflections on Teaching Statement Guidance developed

Chairs and Directors huddle on preparing for annual reviews in light of Reflections on Teaching and COVID Impact Statements

July 2021Teaching Excellence
May 2021Teaching Excellence

Spring Provost Conference: Advancing Excellence: A Conversation about Recognizing, Evaluating and Rewarding Teaching across Rank and Series”

Deans’ Council meeting

TETF working meeting with speakers from TEval

April 2021Teaching Excellence

Community Conversations: Think & Drinks on Teaching Evaluation Practices

Faculty Affairs Associate Deans (FAAD) huddle on Teaching

November 2020 Teaching Excellence
Fall 2020Teaching Excellence