Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Peer Review: One Feature of a Balanced Approach to Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of South Carolina Aiken
October 29, 2008
The results of teaching evaluations can be used to improve teaching, and peer review is a common method of evaluating teaching. How do you ensure consistent peer review? What difference does it make? This seminar will describe one model for peer review of teaching, discuss its implementation, and review lessons learned.
This model was developed by faculty and administrators at USC Aiken, who drew on professional literature that incorporates best practices to ensure consistency among evaluators. Through a formal process, peer reviews contribute to the assessment of teaching effectiveness previously defined primarily by annual self-report and student teaching evaluations.
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About the Presenter
Suzanne Ozment was appointed the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at USC Aiken in July 2002. Prior to that she spent twenty years in Charleston at The Citadel - fifteen years as an English professor and five years as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Her scholarship has been focused on nineteenth-century British literature. She received the teaching excellence award at The Citadel during her tenure there and was nominated by The Citadel for the South Carolina Professor of the Year Award.