21st Century Education: Teaching Evaluation

 

Created in response to the 21st Century Undergraduate Education Working Group Plan for the College, The Teaching Evaluation Task Force, a committee of six faculty members, gathered information about current teaching evaluation metrics and the feasibility of new metrics for teaching evaluation in the College; evidence-based approaches to teaching evaluation; and stakeholder input at the departmental and college levels to identify strategies and best practices in teaching evaluations.

To develop a holistic, evidenced-based approach to evaluate teaching effectiveness, provide actionable recommendations for implementing change to current policy, and ensure any recommendations for change were financially and logistically sustainable, the task force arrived at a set of seven recommendations. These involved use of external expert evaluation and self-reviews, including in the annual review process; standardization of peer evaluations and use of electronic Course Instructor Surveys (eCIS); Department/School/Division-level and College-level committees to oversee the teaching evaluation process; and CNS sponsorship of departmental workshops to help implement these recommendations.

Key Goals:

  • Promote excellent teaching that is highly valued in the College.
  • Develop a holistic, evidence-based approach to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

Affiliated initiatives implemented in the 2017-18 academic year include:

  • Hiring professional teaching evaluators in TIDES for third-party reviews 
  • Providing workshops on expert and peer evaluation
  • Incorporating expert and peer evaluations into annual review process