Peer review of teachers: are they useful?

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Maeda, Masako
Sechtem, Phillip R.
Scudder, Rosalind Regier

Maeda, Masako, Sechtem, Phillip R. and Rosalind Scudder(2009). Peer Reviews of Teaching: Are They Useful?. In Proceedings: 5th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 136-137


Peer reviews of teachers are formal evaluations of faculty members performed by colleagues and peers in their college or university for promotion, tenure, and salary adjustment purposes. They are also used for development and improvement of teaching methods, techniques, and styles. However, little is known about their authenticity, practicality, and usefulness. This study aimed to learn more about methods and uses of information from peer reviews of teaching in Communication Sciences and Disorders programs. A national survey of 115 participants from 85 programs demonstrated that peer reviews were used in many programs with mostly positive results with varied use, format, and conduct of the reviews. Peer review results were meaningful to almost 80% of the respondents.

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Paper presented to the 5th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, May 1, 2009.
Research submitted at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions