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2004-2006 School of Education Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching

In 2004, the School of Education's Dean created a Taskforce Committee to examine the evaluation of teaching. The committee members consisted of representatives from the different departments within the School of Education (SOE). Members included Andy Pomerantz (Task Force Chair), Dave Cluphf, Yuliang Liu, Curt Lox, Barbara O'Donnell, and Vicki Scott. Cathy Santanello was also a member of the committee, representing the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Initiative. The committee was charged with strengthening the evaluation of teaching procedures in the SOE and investigating other procedures that may be used to enhance teaching and learning. The committee began work in 2004 and worked through 2005. The final report was submitted to Dean Elliott Lessen in January of 2006. The committee completed the following activities: 1) examined the teaching evaluation practices within the School of Education, 2) examined the teaching evaluation practices of SIUE departments outside the School of Education, 3) examined the teaching evaluation practices of other universities, 4) consulted the empirical and non-empirical published research on teaching evaluation and improvement, and 5) consulted directly with recognized experts in the field, including Neil Fleming. The work resulted in a report outlining recommendations for a standard end-of-the-semester student evaluation of teaching instrument for use within the School of Education and recommendations regarding efforts to measure and improve teaching and learning. Although the report was submitted to the dean and to the School of Education faculty, a change in deans and concern that the work of the committee would be superseded by the Faculty Senate Student Evaluation of Teaching Committee led to the work being adopted by some but not all units.

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