Peer Review for the Enhancement of Faculty Instruction

The Office of the Provost recommends early career faculty in their first two years conduct a formative peer review, prior to conducting the required summative peer reviews for promotion and tenure.


Material Review (2nd week and throughout the semester)

Reviewer should examine course materials, CANVAS course site, previous student and course evaluations, teaching portfolio, and early feedback results.

Early Feedback Evaluation (3rd week of the semester)

Faculty member should conduct an Early Feedback Evaluation in the course being reviewed.

Classroom Observation (5th or 6th week and 10th or 11th week of the semester)

Reviewer should observe at least two class or laboratory sessions. See Peer Review Observation Record for recommendations.

Student Focus Group Interview (12th through 15th week of the semester)

Reviewer should select at least five current and/or former students to participate in a focus group interview; see Student Interview Questions to guide the process.

Post-Observation Reflection (By the end of the semester)

Peer reviewer should summarize comments after considering the following sources of information: faculty member’s input, course materials, class/laboratory observations, and student focus group interviews.

Post-Observation Discussion (By the end of the semester)

Peer reviewer should meet with the faculty member to share and discuss observations.

Faculty Member Prepares an Instructional Improvement Plan

Faculty member should prepare a plan that addresses strategies to improve instructional performance.