Standards for Evaluating Teaching | Department of Geography Handbook | Kent State University

Standards for Evaluating Teaching

Evaluation of teaching is conducted in two categories: Classroom Instruction and Mentorship.  In order to meet expectations for tenure and promotion in this category, the faculty member must demonstrate the following:


Classroom Instruction:

  • Evidence of high quality teaching. Examples include, but are not limited to, peer reviews, contributions to curricular development, innovative instructional practices and course offerings, professional development, scholarship of teaching and learning, examples of assessments and feedback to students, student surveys of instruction (SSI), and evidence of self-reflection and responsiveness to constructive criticism.  Curricular development may include the development of new courses as well as revision of existing courses, which includes any substantial modification to a course such as developing new laboratory exercises, addition of distance learning options, and formal changes of course content/format.


  • Evidence of active mentorship, with examples including, but not limited to supervising Individual Investigations, Program Directing, student advising, supporting student research, and student recruiting.

Alternatively, examples of insufficient activity in these categories include, but are not limited to, consistent evidence of poor teaching performance, lack of professional development or responsiveness to constructive criticism, or consistent lack of mentorship and/or advising.

Other information such as written comments from students, colleagues within and beyond the Department, College or University administrators shall be considered when available. Peer reviews and summaries of Student Surveys of Instruction (including relevant and constructive student comments) must be submitted as part of a candidate’s file for reappointment, tenure and promotion.  Copies of representative syllabi, assignments/assessments, and other relevant teaching materials (such as examinations) should also be provided. Documentation related to student supervision should be included in materials provided by a candidate for reappointment, tenure and promotion.