Evaluation of Teaching

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There are two methods of evaluating teaching at Stockton:

Student Ratings of Teaching

Students evaluate their instructor and courses during the last 14 days of each term (7 for sub terms). Surveys are administered online. Stockton utilizes two instruments to solicit student perceptions of teaching: The IDEA Diagnostic Instrument (IDEA) and the Small Class Instrument (SCI). The IDEA Diagnostic instrument solicits student feedback on courses with enrollment of 16 or greater on their 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 course learning objectives/goals and indicates student level of achievement for them in the analysis and report. The Small Class Instrument (SCI) elicits qualitative feedback (only) from students about their experiences in a course and is used for classes with enrollment of 15 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.

Peer Observation of Teaching

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.

Survey Instruments


Self-Evaluation of Teaching