Peer Review of Teaching


Peer Review of Teaching

Questions concerning CLA's guidelines for implementing best practices for peer review of teaching should be directed to the Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs.


Background

In December 2009, Vice Provost Arlene Carney distributed a report on best practice recommendations concerning peer reviews of teaching. The recommendations of the Advisory Group on Peer Review of Teaching aim to facilitate the implementation of the peer review of teaching requirement of the administrative policy on the evaluation of teaching.

The final report of the Advisory Group on Peer Review of Teaching is available on the website of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, along with rubrics for peer review and rubrics for inclusion in promotion and tenure dossiers.

Governing Document

Related Policies

Guidelines for Implementing Best Practices in Peer Review of Teaching

Peer reviews of teaching can serve as an important tool to build excellence in teaching as well as to assess teaching performance at the time of tenure and promotion and during post-tenure review. Academic units should refer to the best practice recommendations in order to help achieve a degree of consistency in the ways that peer review of teaching is approached across the college and the university.

Units should use the best practice recommendations as guidelines to develop criteria for peer review of teaching that make best sense from the perspective of their own disciplines. These guidelines should be applied to evaluate the teaching of faculty in each unit.

Effective spring 2010 the College of Liberal Arts, in consultation with chairs and directors across the college, and with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, approved the following guidelines for the implementation of the best practices recommendations:

  • In the case of tenure-track probationary faculty, peer reviews of teaching should be conducted annually in order to ensure that the faculty member has received feedback on her/his syllabi, assignments, teaching, student performance, and professional development during the probationary years.

  • In the case of tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor, units should conduct peer reviews every 2 to 3 years.

  • In the case of tenured faculty at the rank of professor, peer reviews should be conducted when quantitative teaching evaluations fall significantly and frequently below departmental averages.

  • In the case of annually renewable contract faculty, at any rank, peer reviews of teaching should be conducted annually.

Effective Spring 2010