Guidelines for the Evaluation of Teaching

Tabulated (summative) evaluations provide useful information for gauging the effectiveness of teaching. Like all indicators of performance, however, they have limitations. They sample at one time students' ideas and impressions about instruction in a course that is delivered over a long period of time. Consequently, to evaluate the complex activity of teaching and how teaching affects learning, the University must rely on a range of indicators, not just one numerical index. For department heads and administrators to examine several sorts of evidence about teaching requires, of course, that faculty submit pertinent materials for review in their FIRs (Faculty Information Reports), P/T (Promotion and Tenure) files, and/or ARFs (Academic Record Files). Such materials may include but are not limited to: