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 previously.
- 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 year.
- As soon as possible after the fall and spring semesters begin, the chair 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 if possible.
- 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.