Standardizing Teaching Requirements

Promotion and Tenure Dossiers for Research Universities

Topics: Evaluating Faculty, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, Promotion and Tenure Policies

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Promotion and tenure committees evaluate faculty on the basis of their research, teaching, and service to the institution. This report examines how institutions measure the teaching component of a faculty member’s promotion portfolio or dossier and describes strategies for imposing standard measurement factors on these elements. It further examines the components of teaching evaluations including self-assessments, and peer and student evaluations.

  • Key Observations from Our Research

    1. Committees measure course loads and course material produced.
    2. Committees measure student and peer evaluations of teaching.
    3. Students rate instructor and course quality at the conclusion of course.
    4. Committees compare average teaching assessment scores against others.
    5. Qualitative metrics and self-evaluative philosophical teaching narratives provide secondary insight to quantitative evaluation tools.
    6. Measurements do not change between promotions from assistant to associate and associate to full professorship.