Peer Observation

Peer observation occurs every third semester for non-tenured track faculty and every third year for tenured faculty. See the Peer Observation Schedule to determine when you should arrange a peer observation for your classes.

Three colleagues comprise an observation panel: the department chair of the faculty member being assessed, a colleague from the faculty member’s school, and a colleague from another school. Chairs and the individuals being assessed shall together choose the remaining two panel members. During the assessment of department chairs, their deans serve on the panel.

Faculty being evaluated choose the class and time for observation. The particular course chosen should vary in subsequent years.

Within two weeks of the classroom experience, each panel member shall write a response describing observed strengths and suggestions for improvement, sending copies to the observed colleague and to the applicable chair and dean.

In addition to panel observations, faculty may submit visual records of classroom performance.

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