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Peer Consulting

What is Peer Consulting for Teaching?

The Peer Consulting for Teaching Program offers all tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty at SIUE the opportunity for collaborative exploration of their teaching.

The Peer Consulting for Teaching Program is:

  • an exploration of teaching done in a collaborative, collegial manner
  • available to those faculty who would like to gather information from an independent, non-judgmental source about various aspects of their teaching
  • a method for obtaining and using feedback in a positive, meaningful, and useful manner
  • an opportunity to meet colleagues who, like you, would like to provide high quality teaching at SIUE

Are Peer Consulting for Teaching Services Confidential?

Yes, services offered by the Peer Consulting for Teaching Program are intended to be confidential. Peer Consultants do not share individual names or feedback. You will be provided with documentation that you can use as evidence that you sought a consultation. You will also be provided with a written summary of feedback pertaining to your consultation.  You can choose which form of documentation you share with others.

Faculty may choose to use a teaching peer consultation as part of meeting their department’s annual review, tenure, or promotion requirements. In such cases you may be required to submit the specific feedback from the consultation. We recommend that you check your department’s policies with regard to providing documentation of peer consultation of teaching.

What is a Peer Consultant?

Peer Consultants are passionate about teaching and fostering the teaching activities of their fellow SIUE colleagues. They also have special interest, training, and experience in the consultation process.

A Peer Consultant can act as:

  • an information conduit for responses from your students,
  • a sounding board for your concerns and ideas about any aspect of your teaching
  • a source of feedback and suggestions for possible changes to your teaching

How Do I Request a Peer Consultation for Teaching?

A teaching consultation is driven by the needs and interests of the faculty member who requests the consultation. As such each consultation is tailored to meet the specific questions a faculty member would like to have addressed.

Faculty may request three feedback types from the Peer Consulting Program:

1. Class Observation

Observation of class session by a Peer Consultant provides a faculty member with valuable exchanges of ideas and approaches to a variety of teaching and learning situations.



A GIFT (Group Instructional Feedback Technique) is a feedback technique in which a Peer Consultant talks with students, in the absence of their instructor, in order to address specific questions that instructor has about a class (e.g., How is the pace of my lectures? How helpful are the readings in understanding course material?). GIFT’s can be implemented during a time when a class typically meets.


3. Feedback on specific teaching materials

Faculty can request that Peer Consultant provide feedback on a variety of teaching materials including syllabi, assignments, and classroom activities.


4.  Support in processing/responding to teaching evaluations


If you’d like to request any of these Peer Consulting for Teaching services, simply complete a Peer Consultation for Teaching Request Form.

After your request has been received a Peer Consultant will contact you to discuss your request.

Disclaimer Notice

It is important for the faculty and anyone in need of consulting service to know that information or services obtained through this consulting is provided by members of the university community who are volunteers, and are non-professional counselors. Be it known, therefore, that no statement made, opinions expressed, actions taken, advice given, support provided - whether written or verbal, expressed, unexpressed, or transmitted in any form - electronic, or otherwise, shall be taken as necessarily representing the views, opinions, or policy of the university. Thus, the university, its affiliates, personnel as well as members of this consulting group are not liable for any errors stemming from services provided.

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