Evaluation of Instruction
All faculty members are required to have their teaching evaluated. In accordance with University policy, all class sections must be evaluated by students using a procedure and teaching evaluation form provided by the Department, College, and University. Student evaluations may be supplemented by faculty peer evaluations. If peer evaluations are used, such evaluations shall be administered in a format approved by the FAC.
Probationary faculty should generally be observed by a senior faculty member every year while on probation. The senior faculty member will meet and provide feedback to the probationary faculty member and also will provide a written evaluation of teaching for the candidate’s file. It is preferable to have at least two senior faculty members perform the peer review during the probationary period, and the Department Chair will determine who will perform the peer review, subject to approval by the FAC.
For merit, reappointment, tenure, promotion, or any other occasion which requires an evaluation of teaching performance, the Department maintains a permanent reserve archive file containing the teaching evaluations of all faculty. The existence of a reserve archive does not relieve faculty members of the obligation to maintain their own files, and the possibility of items being lost or missing from the Department archive does not constitute an excuse for a faculty member’s failure to produce teaching evaluations when properly called upon to do so.