Evaluation of Teaching

There are two methods of evaluating teaching at Stockton: 1) student rating of teaching and 2) peer observeation  of teaching.

1) The IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system solicits students' feedback on their own learning progress, effort, and motivation, as well as their perceptions of the instructor's use of 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.

2) Peer observation is required of all probationary faculty in at least two classes annually per academic year (Fall and/or Spring semester) by a tenured faculty member chosen by the faculty candidate in consultation with the Dean and the Review Advisor. At least once prior to tenure, all probationary faculty who are contractually obligated to teach General Studies courses shall be observed teaching one General Studies course. 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 peer observations can be found there as well.