College of Liberal Arts

Peer Teaching Observations

 Good teachers continually learn and develop. Peer Review, which combines the examination of course materials with in-class observations and collegial discussion, helps prompt this learning among faculty.

Provost’s Office General Guidelines on Peer Teaching Observations for Promotion Dossiers

 These reports are broad observations of the candidate’s effectiveness as a teacher at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels by those faculty members conducting the in-class observations. The reports should cover such elements as presentation, course content, organization, clarity of written materials, rigor and fairness of written examinations, appropriateness of methodology, and student outcomes.

Peer observations of classes should be carried out repeatedly in the evaluation period of the candidate, ideally in the same class over the course of multiple semesters.  Particular attention should be paid to given constructive advice during early observations, then following up with specific progress reports in subsequent semesters observing the same class. Include in the dossier all reports of in-class observations conducted while in rank. Observation reports for the fall semester during which the candidate is being reviewed for promotion should not be used unless absolutely necessary.

Each Peer Observation is to include:

  • Evaluator’s typed name and original signature
  • Date the report was written
  • Date of classroom observation
  • Course number and title
  • Description of methods by which instructor engages students in learning
  • Date observations were discussed with the candidate 
  • Constructive advice and/or specific improvements from previous observations


August 2019                                            Contact: Ann Kelble, 512-232-4820.