Teaching Evaluation Project

The Learning Analytics Task Force has assembled a subcommittee to study teaching evaluation. This group will look at approaches used both at Michigan and across the country, then to make recommendations for improvements.

At present, the electronic teaching evaluations are the only university-wide instrument with which teaching is evaluated on campus. Some units use additional tools, but because of their wide use, the electronic evaluations play an important role in decisions to retain, promote, and reward instructors. Despite their importance, there is dissatisfaction about the current system.

Although teaching is connected to learning, the goal of the teaching evaluation group is not to assess learning directly.

Specifically, the group's tasks include:
  • canvassing existing evaluation systems outside UM, looking particularly for best practices
  • analyzing what the existing UM system measures and what of the perceived problems are real problems
  • mapping the the ways in which the results from the current system are used in UM units
  • proposing ways to improve the current system
  • considering additional ways to evaluate teaching

Members of the teaching evaluation group:

  • Mika LaVaque-Manty. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Philosophy (group coordinator), LSA.
  • Irfan Bhabhrawala. Associate University Registrar, Office of the Registrar.
  • Anne Curzan. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of English, Linguistics, and Education, LSA.
  • William Gehring. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor Psychology, LSA.
  • James Holloway. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Associate Dean, College of Engineering.
  • Matthew Kaplan. Managing Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.