Teaching at Western

Faculty at Western Technical College (Western) teach diverse topics and come from equally diverse backgrounds. They make Western the essential experience for students because they have worked in their areas of expertise and bring real-life experiences and knowledge to their classrooms.

In order to teach at Western, faculty must meet requirements established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), The Higher Learning Commission, as well as state and federal licensing for their academic or occupational area. This is in addition to those minimum requirements set by Western Technical College.

Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS)

The Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS) is the system that ensures Western hires highly qualified faculty and provides ongoing professional development to support learner success. The requirements are outlined in Wisconsin Administrative Rule (TCS 3) and applies to all faculty, full and part time, who are teaching courses that apply to a degree or adult basic education within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

Faculty who are hired to teach at Western must meet four initial competencies designed to give new instructors the core ideas and broad understandings of teaching and learning at Western Technical College. Collectively, the competencies serve as a springboard for ongoing professional development. The seven competencies include:

  • Teaching Methods which introduces basic learning theory and a range of engaging teaching strategies
  • Curriculum and Assessment which acquaints instructors with a variety of ways to check for student understanding, how to align assessments with course learning objectives, as well as use assessment results to improve teaching
  • Student Success which focuses on how instructors can best help Western students succeed in the classroom, in higher education, and beyond
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which investigates the impact of college, community, student demographics, and instructors’ perspectives have on teaching and learning

All competencies must be met within three years of your hire date for full-time faculty and five years of your hire date for part-time faculty, regardless if you are teaching continuously during that time. Full-time faculty will meet their requirements by successful completion of New Faculty Experience (NFE). For more information on NFE, click here.

Shortly after being hired, new adjunct faculty members will receive a summary of their outstanding competencies along with a schedule of course offerings that meet the outstanding requirements. Newly hired adjunct faculty with teaching experience may have some of these requirements removed based on course and work experience based on a review of each new faculty member’s application materials. Faculty have the opportunity to provide additional documentation throughout the process.

Wisconsin Technical College System Website: http://mywtcs.wtcsystem.edu/

For additional information on FQAS, contact:

Name Title Phone Email
Peggy Vogel  Teaching and Learning Coordinator  608-789-2068  vogelp@westerntc.edu 
Nicole Cooksey  Curriculum Coordinator  608-789-6239  cookseyn@westerntc.edu 
Jackie Kettner-Sieber  Associate Director, Talent, Retention, and Employee Relations  608-789-6233  Kettner-Sieberj@westerntc.edu 
Jessa Lounsbrough  HR Benefits Specialist  608-785-9166  lounsbroughj@westerntc.edu