ERIC Number: ED350899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Peer Review of Teaching at UTK: An Assessment.
Bell, Thomas L.; McClam, Tricia
Teaching/Learning Issues, n70 Spr 1992
This report reviews the development of the peer review process at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) and presents perceptions of the process after 1 year of implementation. The perceptions presented are from a survey of department heads and some faculty who had completed the peer review process. Responses included comments about the development of departmental guidelines, the funding of teaching research strategies, and ways of helping the instructor who is deemed to be inadequate. The report presents suggestions for improving the process as provided by these participants. Six conclusions from the survey are highlighted and briefly discussed: (1) the peer review process developed at UTK Knoxville reflects the current literature on the subject of faculty evaluation; (2) even though the mandated guidelines are minimal, they are not always properly adhered to; (3) the use of the results is unclear to most faculty and a source of great disquiet to some; (4) the rewards given for good teaching are generally viewed as grossly inadequate; (5) there is widespread support for the improvement of instruction on campus; and (6) there is a clear need for the administration to provide leadership in the support of the improvement of instruction. Contains 14 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Learning Research Center.