Instructional Consultation Services

To support faculty in improving and enriching their teaching, we are pleased to offer instructional consultation services. Our instructional consultant, 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 been teaching for decades, consultations provide a supportive space for faculty to learn new ideas, discuss concerns and reflect on their teaching.

Contact Matthew to schedule your consultation today!

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.

Forms available in the toolkit:


Given faculty’s packed schedules, it can be challenging to find the time to attend professional development workshops, so let us bring one to you! Our instructional consultant can deliver a customized workshop on a wide range of teaching and learning topics. These workshops are customized to the individual needs of departments. This means that all examples, tips and handouts are specifically tailored to the department’s discipline. Below are some examples of customized workshops that can be offered. Whether you teach in Physics or English, History or Chemistry, Sociology or Statistics, Art or Accounting, any of the topics can be customized. We can present workshops at department meetings with a time frame of your choosing.

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 faculty center at 664-2659 or at