Evaluation of Teaching

There are two methods of evaluating teaching at Stockton: 1) student evaluation of teaching (SET) and 2) peer evaluation of teaching (PET). The IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system is the primary tool used for SET. The IDEA solicits students' feedback on their own learning progress, effort, and motivation, as well as their perceptions of the instructor's use of 20 instructional strategies and teaching methods. In addition, the system surveys instructors regarding their overall goals and indicates level of achievement for them in the analysis and report. There is also a Small Class Instrument (SCI) which elicits qualitative feedback from students about their experiences in a course that is used for classes of 14 or fewer students. All pre-tenure faculty are required to administer the IDEA or SCI in each course they teach. Tenured faculty are required to evaluate half of their classes using IDEA or the SCI but may elect to forego student evaluations of teaching in some or all of the rest of their courses. Detailed information about the IDEA and SCI can be found by selecting the IDEA link on the left column of this page.

The second approach to evaluating teaching is peer observation and evaluation of teaching. All probationary faculty shall be observed in at least two classes annually by a tenured faculty member chosen by the faculty candidate in consultation with the Dean and the Review Advisor. (For purposes of tracking annual observations, in the case of faculty beginning service in September “annually” refers to a sequence of fall term and spring term; for faculty beginning mid-year “annually” refers to a sequence of spring term and fall term.) At least once prior to tenure, all probationary faculty who are contractually obligated to teach General Studies courses shall be evaluated teaching one of his/her General Studies courses. Tenured faculty are not required to be observed by their peers, but when seeking promotion or range adjustment they may request peer observations of their teaching by any tenured Stockton faculty member.

Each summer the IFD Director runs the Stockton Institute for the Peer Evaluation of Teaching (SIPET) to train tenured faculty in the peer observation process. Faculty who are seeking an observer are encouraged to select from the list of their SIPET-trained colleagues which appears within the “Teaching Observations” link on the left column of this page. Additional information about PET can be found there as well.