Peer Review of Teaching: Formal Guidelines

Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure Purposes

Organizational Meeting

(Early in the semester)
Peer reviewers* should meet briefly to discuss the purpose and procedures of the peer review process. Following this discussion, the peer reviewers should meet with the faculty member to discuss procedures and to identify course materials to be examined as part of the peer review. Peer review members should be provided syllabi and other course materials prior to this meeting.

*The peer review committee should be comprised of at least two faculty members with significant appointments in teaching. One of these members should be from outside the department.

Early Feedback Evaluation

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

Material Review

(Second month of semester)
Each reviewer should conduct an independent examination of the course materials, previous student evaluations, teaching portfolio, early feedback results, and other pertinent items.

Classroom Observation

(Second or third month of semester)
Each reviewer should independently schedule to visit two class sessions taught by the faculty member. See Peer Review Observation Record (Word).

Student Focus Group Interview

(Second or third month of semester)
Each reviewer should select (randomly if possible) at least four current and/or former students to participate in a focus group interview; see Student Interview Questions (Word) to guide the process. Another alternative is for the reviewer to meet with students following or outside the class sessions.

Post-Observation Reflection

(Third month of the semester)
Peer reviewers should independently draft a summary of their comments after considering each of the following sources of information: faculty member, course material, class observation, and student focus group interviews. One of the peer reviewers should draft an “official response” to be presented to the faculty member.

Post-Observation Interview

(By the end of the semester)
Peer reviewers should meet with the faculty member to discuss their independent observations and the draft “official response” of the peer review process. Copies of the final “official response” letter should be sent on official university letterhead to the faculty member and their unit leader.

Faculty Plan for Instructional Improvement

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