Evaluation of Teaching

The overarching goal of Granite State College’s teaching evaluation model is to provide opportunities for reflective practice as a community of teachers. With this in mind, GSC uses a three-part model to evaluate teaching for both adjunct faculty and full-time faculty members:

Student Evaluations

  • Students provide formative feedback to faculty on their teaching through the end-of-term course evaluation/survey. These surveys are completed for each course every term and accessible to faculty via CourseEval

Annual Reflective Teaching Analysis

  • All faculty are encouraged to complete a Reflective Teaching Analysis annually each summer. This plan helps faculty reflect on ways to enhance their teaching and provides data for GSC to design additional professional development activities and faculty supports. Adjunct faculty who teach four or more courses per year must complete the self-assessment annually, which is disseminated using industry standard online survey software.

Peer Review

  • Additionally, the College has implemented a peer-review approach using a common rubric, so that a fellow instructor who has been certified by GSC as part of its Peer Review Team contributes to faculty evaluation in the spirit of continued improvement of teaching through collegial feedback. This peer review occurs on a rotating schedule for all full-time faculty and adjunct faculty who teach four or more courses at GSC per year.
  • For adjunct faculty, a summative overview is prepared that provides an overview of evaluation activities over the past two years. The summary is shared with faculty during a collaborative conversation with hiring administrators that identifies how GSC can support enhanced teaching practice. For full-time faculty, peer review becomes part of annual performance evaluation.

The peer review process embraces the spirit of Appreciative Inquiry, which seeks to discover an alignment of strengths to inspire continued excellence in teaching and learning at GSC. Explore an Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry resource and video or click here to learn more.

This evaluation process is designed to support continued development as a great teacher. GSC is excited about these opportunities to reflect on teaching practice, as they continue to help us identify ways to enhance teaching supports and professional development opportunities.

Adjunct Teaching Evaluation

Adjunct teaching evaluation guidelines in the Faculty Handbook provides additional information.

Full-Time Faculty

Self-Assessment & Annual Performance Evaluation

In addition to the three-part evaluation of teaching, Full-Time Faculty members at Granite State College engage in an annual self-assessment and performance evaluation each December. The performance evaluation is based on a variety of instructional and non-instructional activities, as outlined in the Full-Time Faculty Annual Performance Evaluation & Work Plan Guidelines available at: https://www.granite.edu/current-students/for-staff-faculty/human-resources/forms-policies/.

For HR forms related to these activities, please see GSC’s Human Resource webpage.  

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