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Duke faculty share the goal of providing a high-quality education, and yet we recognize that teaching is a skill in which everyone can continue to improve. To supplement student course evaluations, we offer faculty the opportunity to have a “Peer Course Evaluation,” including observations of their classroom approaches and evaluation of their syllabus. Such peer evaluations can supplement student evaluations and statements about their teaching approaches and accomplishments for internal evaluations, promotions, and recognitions.

Faculty voluntarily elect to have a Peer Course Evaluation done. Administrators are encouraged to consider this election as a positive indicator of commitment to excellent teaching. Faculty are also encouraged to respond to the feedback obtained from the assessment in review dossiers to explain how they will adjust their teaching approach going forward. To request a Peer Course Evaluation, please complete this form.

For formative feedback, faculty are encouraged to first explore other options. Some departments offer opportunities in this regard, and Duke’s Learning Innovation office offers a suite of tools and resources (e.g., Visit a Classroom program, Small Group Instructional Feedback program, syllabus templates, etc.) that can help with self-assessment as well as programs that offer classroom observations. Please reach out to that office and/or peruse their website for these opportunities.