Transforming the Evaluation of Teaching
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Kansas
University of Colorado, Boulder
The three institutions in this RAC have already individually begun the process of transforming their approaches to teaching evaluation, building on significant prior investments in STEM education reform programs. Although each institution is at a different stage, they draw on a common framework grounded in two decades of scholarship on scholarly teaching and its evaluation and peer review of teaching. In January 2017, leaders at the three institutions submitted a collaborative proposal to the National Science Foundation to support implementation and evaluation of their programs to propagate adoption of improved methods for teaching evaluation. In the proposed project, the PIs will lead interventions at each of their universities, working toward the development, adoption and sustainable use of new approaches to evaluating teaching. A fourth PI will study the process of transformation within and across the three campuses, creating case studies examining what approaches work most effectively under what circumstances. Yearly knowledge exchange meetings will create learning communities to provide further means for improving teaching, and foster dissemination of the findings to other BVA institutions and beyond.