Human Sciences Committees and Councils
Teaching Effectiveness Committee
The Teaching Effectiveness Committee provides a mechanism for peer evaluations of
teaching effectiveness. Evaluation by committee members is primarily to support the
development of excellence in teaching. Also, these evaluations will be utilized by
chairpersons and the Dean as a component for various decisions among which are tenure,
promotion, annual reviews, and awards or designations.
Committee members will
- Attend class of peer and evaluate teaching
- Evaluate teaching materials provided by evaluated individual
- Create and submit evaluation reports to the evaluated individual and the individual’s
department chairperson, with notification of completed evaluation to the Teaching
Effectiveness Committee chairperson
- Meet with evaluated faculty members to discuss report if requested
- Assume other teaching-related duties as assigned by the Dean
- The committee consists of four faculty members from each academic department. Names
of committee members are provided by the department chairperson.
- Committee members must be tenured.
- Committee members serve a one year term and can be reappointed.
- Committee members should be available to conduct four or more evaluations in an academic
year depending on the requests of faculty members
- The chairperson of the committee will be designated by the Executive Associate Dean
each year, preferably someone who has served on the committee for at least one year
- The chairperson coordinates teaching evaluations and submits a summary report of the
committee’s activity to the Executive Associate Dean before the end of the academic
- As soon as possible after the fall and spring semesters begin, the Chairperson of
the Teaching Effectiveness Committee sends out an invitation for class evaluations.
- Once a list of faculty wishing to be evaluated is compiled, committee members schedule
classes to attend, with the likelihood of four or more evaluations in the academic
year. Committee members should avoid observing individuals in their own department
- Any faculty member may request evaluation.
- As noted in the CoHS Tenure and Promotion Operating Policy, untenured faculty members should be evaluated annually during pre-tenure employment.
Faculty members contemplating promotion should be evaluated minimally the year before
applying for promotion, but optimally the two years before applying for promotion.
- Each faculty member is visited by a committee member in the evaluation period. An
evaluation instrument is utilized to guide the observations.
- When requesting an evaluation, the faculty member should provide the following information:
- all class(s) that can be evaluated including the meeting time and place
- any dates that would be bad days to visit (such as an exam day)
- provide the above information for both fall and spring schedules (if possible) with
a preference for which semester would be best
- After receiving evaluation requests, Teaching Effectiveness Committee members will
contact the faculty member to set up a specific date that fits both schedules.
- Before class observations, individuals should make available to the committee members
class teaching materials such as media, class website, syllabi, evaluation procedures,
course requirements, and text examples. Committee members will evaluate the material
and visit/evaluate the class.
- The committee member’s report should be submitted within two weeks to the individual
evaluated and the individual’s department chairperson. Notification of the completed
visit should be conveyed to the Teaching Effectiveness Committee chairperson.
- If a faculty member has questions about the report, the observer will meet with the
individual to discuss the questions.
- The committee chairperson sends a report describing committee activities to the Executive
Associate Dean before the end of the academic year.
CoHS Promotion and Tenure Standards and Procedures
Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation Worksheet
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