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Kolitch, Elaine; Dean, Ann V. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Research with 96 undergraduates investigated interpretations of a global-evaluation item common to student evaluation forms. Through narratives and semistructured interviews, students described classroom experiences, beliefs about good teaching, and aspects of the evaluation process that influencing their ratings. The item produced multiple…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Evaluation Criteria, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education
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Richlin, Laurie; Manning, Brenda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Describes seven principles for developing a workable system for evaluation of college teaching, and provides both process and decision matrixes for groups interested in building such a system for their own evaluation. Argues that the system must be safe, explicit, manageable, formative, and satisfy environmental demands for accountability and…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, College Instruction, Decision Making
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Muchinsky, Paul M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Examines military and industrial research on peer assessment and discusses relevance to peer review of college teaching. Gives special attention to practical issues in assessing reliability and validity of peer evaluations, and discusses three characteristics of academic institutions (personal teaching styles/definition of "peer"/nature of…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Business Administration, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Strenski, Ellen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Discusses problems with summative peer evaluation of college teaching, looking at conflicting interests and mixed metaphors of faculty evaluation that obscure its process and principles. Issues related to five kinds of evaluation (judging, critiquing, assessing, appraising, rating) are examined. Argues that peers can contribute to faculty…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Conflict of Interest, Evaluation Methods
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Keig, Larry W.; Waggoner, Michael D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Examines use of collaborative college faculty peer review for instructional improvement. Establishes rationales for formative evaluation of teaching, peer review in instructional improvement, and comprehensive faculty evaluation that includes peer review. Examines roles faculty might play in assessing colleagues' teaching; describes five methods…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperation, Evaluation Methods
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Kumaravadivelu, B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Proposes a broader concept of college faculty peer evaluation, in which perspectives of teacher, learner, and observer are considered. Argues that three basic principles (intention/interpretation, advisement/appraisement, acceptability/accessibility) must necessarily and minimally guide peer evaluation. Presents a four-part, multidimensional peer…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Departments
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Cox, Milton D., Ed.; Richlin, Laurie, Ed. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1990
This annual journal's premier issue features the work, thoughts, adventures, and musings of distinguished and respected teachers. An introduction reports that the journal was born of the desire by faculty to recognize college teaching as a profession and to bring to it its own language and traditions and to establish an academic culture for…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cognitive Style, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Liston, Delores D.; Hansman, Catherine A.; Kenney, Stephanie L.; Breton, Cherry C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
After preparing their own teaching portfolios, four Georgia Southern University instructors designed a study to investigate what happens when neither follow-up workshops nor mentoring are provided by the institution. Results indicate that without institutional support, especially mentoring, faculty use teaching portfolios primarily for tenure and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation
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Knapper, Christopher K. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Although teaching portfolios are now used widely in North American colleges and universities, origins can be traced to an initiative of the Canadian Association of University Teachers in the 1970s. Reasons for development of the teaching dossier are outlined, and the evolution of the concept is chronicled. Some unresolved issues in their use to…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational History, Evaluation Criteria
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Seldin, Peter; And Others – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Questions raised frequently by college and university faculty about use of portfolios to document effective teaching are answered. The questions address such issues as how the portfolio is organized, what it should reflect, how and by whom it is used, preparation time, the mentor's role, reliability, subjectivity, maintaining the portfolio's…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Smith, Ronald A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Drawing on experiences of a Concordia University (Ontario, Canada) task force in considering the teaching portfolio as an instructional evaluation tool, several issues are discussed: the place of teaching in an academic culture; how teaching is and should be evaluated; and possibilities for changing the status quo. Issues in implementation and…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Instruction, Educational Change, Educational Environment
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Cox, Milton D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
The three-year Miami University (Ohio) project to develop teaching portfolios is described. The department-based approach acknowledges that departments and disciplines have different cultures, and that departments are where rewards are determined. Issues in portfolio development and use, including benefits and problems, are discussed and…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Case Studies, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Richlin, Laurie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
An alternative method for college faculty to develop teaching portfolios is outlined, with the objective of minimizing professional risk. It is recommended that faculty work on course portfolios privately rather than in an organizational project, and that teaching philosophy be written last, not first. A two-year curriculum for developing a…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices
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Hamilton, J. Brooke, III; Smith, Mark; Heady, Ronald B.; Carson, Paula Phillips – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
A study at one school of business administration investigated the use, in a survey of graduating seniors, of open-ended questions to elicit information to help evaluate and improve teaching. Student concerns and faculty responses, methodology for textual analysis of student responses, and a comparison of this approach with more conventional…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, College Instruction, College Seniors, Comparative Analysis
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Webb, Jamie; McEnerney, Kathleen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Describes the peer observation program developed by faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills, its structure and adaptations, outcomes, and recommendations for development of formative peer observation programs. The program helps reduce faculty professional isolation by providing an informal structure for discussion of teaching and…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Collegiality
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