Teaching

Evidence of effective teaching includes:

  • peer reviews and evaluations of teaching
  • student evaluations, and written comments from students
  • course syllabi, examinations, and assignments
  • course revisions and adjustments over time
  • creative assignments, applied exercises in-class and out, simulations and other sorts of activities demonstrating interactive, participatory and cooperative pedagogies leading to applied knowledge and skills-development
  • recognition of outstanding achievement, such as teaching awards
  • supervision and mentorship of undergraduate students
  • publications on the act of teaching and on the development of new methods and materials and platforms for instruction
  • supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students
  • direction of and participation in undergraduate and graduate theses and doctoral dissertation committees
  • seeking and securing professionally reviewed, instruction-related grants, especially extramural funding

The above list demonstrates that simply teaching a variety of classes is not, by itself, a credential toward tenure. The candidate should provide evidence bearing on the quality, creativity, extent and effectiveness of pedagogical efforts. Due to the applied nature of many courses in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, poor teaching may result in the denial of tenure to a candidate who meets other criteria for tenure. By contrast, a record of somewhat limited scholarship may be partially offset by evidence of exceptional teaching.