Welcome to the Center for Teaching Effectiveness

Arizona Western College established the Center for Teaching Effectiveness in October 1990 with Title III Grant funds. The CTE was established on the belief that individuals, departments, and institutions have unlimited capacity for professional growth and development. Based on these beliefs the faculty, staff and administration have made a commitment to assure the resources necessary to provide a comprehensive program that will meet the constantly changing needs faculty face in our multicultural society.


  • Promote professional development of faculty
  • Encourage instructional improvement efforts of faculty
  • Provide assistance to adjunct faculty
  • Acquaint faculty with college resources and services
  • Serve as professional development resource for all interested in the teaching and learning process
  • Promote and encourage scholarship in teaching


  • Professional Development seminars and discussions
  • Faculty Professional Development Day (held spring semester)
  • Facilitation of Faculty Professional Travel
  • Facilitation of Faculty Appraisal program
  • Writing Intensive Curriculum support
  • English Symposium sponsorship
  • Noon Discovery Series 2.0 (NDS2)
  • Faculty Journeys
  • Mentor-Mentee Program
  • Faculty Recognition- Teacher of the Year (TOY) & NISOD Excellence
  • New Full-time Faculty Orientation (NFO)
  • New Adjunct Faculty Orientation (NAFO)
  • Learning Services- Socials

Faculty Appraisal

Choosing the Faculty to be appraised is the responsibility of the Division Chair with the guidance from the Vice President for Learning Services.

During the Fall term, the following Faculty members will be appraised:

  • All full-time Faculty who were hired in an even-numbered year will be appraised in even-numbered years; those hired in an odd-numbered year will be appraised in odd-numbered years.
  • All full-time Faculty who are still on probation (faculty who have not yet has three consecutive years of full-time employment at AWC).
  • All adjunct Faculty who are teaching in either of their first two semesters.
  • All Faculty on intensive review.

During the Spring term, the following faculty members will be appraised:

  • All full-time Faculty who are still on probation (faculty who have not yet had three consecutive years of full-time employment at AWC).
  • All adjunct Faculty.
  • All Faculty on intensive review.


Tk20 logoStudent evaluation of full-time and adjunct faculty will move in two phases to an online appraisal software system. The software platform to be used for the online student evaluation of faculty is Tk20. Students receive a confirmation email from Tk20 after they have submitted an online evaluation.

Tutorial Presentations
Form/File Name File
Overview of Tk20 Online Faculty Evaluation Download
Generating Report 003 Without Students' Written Comments Download
Hiding Column Data in Report 003 Download
What Students See in Their Toro Inbox and in Tk20 Video
How a Student Can Retrieve a Saved Online Evaluation Download
Tk20 Confirmation Email Showing Student Had Submitted Evaluation Download

Professional Memberships

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, NISODNISOD Logo

Committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway, Stop D5600
Austin, TX 78712-1607
Ph: (512) 471-7545 | Fax: (512) 471-9426 | Email: membership@nisod.org

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records (those records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student, and are maintained by an educational agency or institution or by any person acting for such agency or institution). FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the Department of Education. Administrative access to student data is managed by the AWC Director of Admissions/Registrar Nicole Harral (phone: 928.344.7600)

Notice of Student Rights

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Faculty should keep the following guidelines in mind when dealing with student records. Refer any questions to the AWC Director of Admissions/Registrar Nicole Harral (phone: 928.344.7600).

Mentor Program

The AWC Mentor Program is primarily designed to help new faculty adapt to the challenges of their new job at Arizona Western College.

During the first semester, a new full-time faculty member is paired with an experienced faculty member who acts as a resource person to share information about the college, teaching, classroom management, or other subject matter as needed.

In addition to new faculty, other faculty members may request a mentor for assistance with a new assignment such as teaching over the ITN.

Mentors are experienced faculty, both full-time and adjunct, who demonstrate a positive attitude about AWC, the College's mission, and their own life. They are skilled and proven instructors with exemplary communication skills. They are individuals who are willing to share information, display patience, diplomacy and resourcefulness, and are willing to accept the responsibility of helping someone grow professionally.

Full-time and adjunct faculty who have taught for a minimum of four semesters at AWC are eligible to be considered to be mentors. Every spring, the Director of the CTE asks Division Chairs (DC) and Program Directors (PD) to identify as potential mentors experienced full-time faculty, who have taught at AWC for at least 4 semesters. The DC or PD asks the full-time faculty if they would serve as a mentor for the following fall semester. If the faculty agrees, the DC or PD assigns the mentor to the new full-time faculty (= mentee). The mentor does not necessarily have to be in the same division as the mentee. Only faculty in non-supervisory roles can serve as mentors.

The mentor contacts the mentee during the first week of the semester to set up a planning meeting. Together a mutual plan is developed for the semester. This includes an exchange of classroom observations.

The mentor/mentee relationship is informal and reflects an attitude of colleagues helping each other. It is never a supervisory relationship. A critical part of the semester of mentoring is the classroom visit done by the mentee in the mentor's classroom and visa versa.

At the end of the semester, mentors of full-time faculty are awarded a small stipend for their efforts once all the requisite paper work is submitted to the CTE.