Instructional Consultation

To support faculty in improving and enriching their teaching, we are pleased to offer instructional consultation services. Our Faculty Fellow for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Matthew Paolucci Callahan is available to discuss teaching and learning topics with anyone who teaches at Sonoma State. Matthew is an Associate Professor of Psychology and has over ten years of experience in faculty development. Consultations are free, confidential, and non-evaluative. Whether you are new to teaching or have been teaching for decades, consultations provide a supportive space for faculty to learn new ideas, discuss concerns, and reflect on their teaching.

Contact us to schedule your consultation!

Popular Consultation Topics

  • Making grading more efficient
  • Classroom management
  • Planning a new course or modifying an existing course
  • Exams/tests: writing good questions
  • Interpreting student evaluations
  • Reflecting on teaching for RTP or lecturer evaluation
  • Teaching diverse students


Peer Observations of Teaching

This toolkit was designed to give evaluators a step by step guide for conducting peer review in an efficient way.

Teaching Strategies

  • From “What should I cover?” to “What will they learn”: An alternate approach to course design
  • Designing assignments
  • Best practices in PowerPoint presentations for the classroom
  • Leading effective class discussions
  • Measuring student learning
  • Getting through the stack: Techniques for efficient (and quicker) grading
  • Creating effective tests and rubrics
  • Writing good multiple-choice questions
  • Classroom management
  • Preventing and responding to classroom incivilities
  • Helping underprepared students succeed
  • Teaching diverse students
  • Evaluating teaching effectiveness
  • SETE interpretation and evaluation
  • Reflecting on your teaching for RTP or evaluation
  • Using mid-semester feedback

To arrange an appointment or for more information, contact the Center for Teaching & Educational Technology
at 664-2659 or at