Teaching Observation Committee: Composition and Responsibilities

Evaluation of teaching will be, in part, conducted by a two-person ad hoc Teaching Observation Committee. The Teaching Observation Committee will be especially composed for each candidate for reappointment, tenure, and promotion. One committee member will be appointed each by (a) the director, and (b) the candidate for promotion. As there may be a large number of candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion in any given year, the Teaching Observation Committees will need to balance its work over the Fall and Spring semesters of the previous year in order not to overtax available TT faculty members. The appointment of each Teaching Observation Committee will be made well in advance of the semester(s) of its planned service, ideally just after the previous yearʼs reappointment review but certainly no later than early in the spring semester (for cases of promotion).

The duties of this committee are as follows:

  1. Review all available SSIs since the candidateʼs appointment or last promotion, with an emphasis on the most recent available reviews. Committee members will review both statistical data and written comments on the evaluations. The school will provide copies of the statistical summaries of the Student Survey of Instruction furnished by Computer Services for the candidateʼs promotion file; however, the candidate should include all forms having written narrative comments in his/her supplementary materials.
  2. Read course materials provided by the candidate; e.g. syllabi, class handouts, exams, web materials.
  3. Attend at least one class session of the candidate under review. The committee will consult with the candidate for class sessions that might be most appropriate for visitation.
  4. Meet to consider the information gathered on the candidate--the SSIs, the course materials, the class visits of each member--and produce a written evaluation of the committeeʼs estimate of the candidateʼs teaching qualifications. This evaluation will be kept with the notes of the PTR Committee meeting on the candidateʼs reappointment, tenure, and/or promotion, as a document of the committeeʼs observations.

Components for the evaluation of teaching are listed in Table 2B.

Other information on teaching, such as written comments from students, colleagues within and beyond the School, or University administrators, shall be considered when available. Peer reviews and student evaluation results (including all student comments) must be a part of the candidateʼs dossier for reappointment, tenure and/or promotion. Copies of representative syllabi, examinations, and other relevant materials should be available for review. Documentation related to undergraduate and graduate student instruction, graduate and undergraduate student research, including thesis and Honors work, should be included in materials provided by the candidate for evaluation.

a.) Service and University Citizenship

TT faculty members are expected to serve on division, school, college and/or university committees as part of their responsibilities. Regional campus TT faculty are expected to serve on committees at their regional campus and, when elected or appointed, on those in the regional campus System. It is also desirable for TT faculty to make use of their professional competence in service to the community. When such university and public service is truly exceptional, it can contribute toward a positive reappointment, tenure and/or promotion recommendation. Service may be provided in a variety of ways, such as effectively chairing committees, fulfilling specific administrative assignments, conducting meaningful public outreach (including recruitment,) etc.

Service activities are those not necessarily tied to oneʼs special field of knowledge, but which make significant contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly and governance goals and missions of the university, college, campus, unit or one’s discipline. Both quantity and quality of the personʼs service contribution will be carefully evaluated, however, service with demonstrated impact will be considered very important.

Table 2C. COMPONENTS OF EVALUATING SERVICE AND UNIVERSITY CITIZENSHIP

Service & University Citizenship Rating

Indicators Corresponding to the Assessment Score

Exceeds Expectations

Plays significant role (including some leadership) in the division, school, college, university or discipline as evidenced by collegial engagement with committee work and related functions including public outreach

Meets Expectations

Has some participation in the division, school, college, university or discipline as evidenced by collegial engagement with committee work and related functions including minimal public outreach

Does Not Meet Expectations

Does not engage in division, school, college, university or discipline through committee work or functions, or does not participate in a collegial manner