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Peer Review: One Feature of a Balanced Approach to Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness


The results of teaching evaluations can be used to improve teaching, and peer review is a common method of evaluating teaching. Through a formal process, peer reviews contribute to the assessment of teaching effectiveness previously defined primarily by annual self-report and student teaching evaluations. How do you ensure consistent peer review? What difference does it make? This seminar describes one model for peer review of teaching, discusses its implementation and reviews lessons learned. The model was developed by faculty and administrators at USC Aiken, who drew on professional literature that incorporates best practices to ensure consistency among evaluators. 

About the Facilitator

Suzanne Ozment is Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at USC Aiken. 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.

This Teaching Excellence Seminar is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC-Aiken, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the College of Engineering and Computing

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