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Peer Review for Teaching

Research in the area of faculty instructional evaluation advocates gathering data from multiple sources about one's teaching.  Classroom observations obtain information about one's teaching behaviors and are a source of data providing a balance between the more common forms of instructional feedback, such as, student-instructor evaluations and student-course evaluations. 

Teaching data collected from one's peers may identify some key measures, like calssroom behaviors, that can be used to assess the effectiveness of one's instructional efforts.  In addition, observations provide faculty with a perspective of their teaching which is important when applying for promotion and tenure, and internal and external teaching awards.  Optimally, junior faculty should be evaluated every year or at a minimum of every other year. For more information, contact Susan Peverly at (312) 996-1521, email: slpev@uic.edu.