Evaluation of Teaching
The following agreement on the evaluation of teaching by students has been reproduced from the TUFA and CUPE Collective Agreements and Trent University, for your convenience.
TUFA (see III.18):
The parties agree that Student Course Evaluations are valuable in contributing to the improvement of teaching within the University. Although these survey instruments provide important information about teaching performance, such opinions do not in themselves constitute an evaluation of teaching performance.
Each faculty member shall be encouraged to create a teaching dossier. Members being considered for tenure, are required to submit a teaching dossier as part of their file.
In addition, members may submit teaching dossiers for consideration in cases of merit and/or promotion; the decision not to submit teaching-related materials in the form of a teaching dossier shall not be held against a member, however, the onus remains on the member to provide sufficient evidence in support of their application.
Departments/programs shall develop and maintain survey instruments that are appropriate to their academic disciplines, with assistance from the Instructional Development Centre. These instruments (Student Course Evaluations) will be made available to students during the final two weeks of all classes, with the exception of those classes that are exempt by decanal approval (e.g reading courses, thesis courses).
Members shall not be present when the students complete the course evaluations, and the surveys shall not be transmitted to the department/program by the member. Administrative assistants of departments/programs shall count, record, and number the surveys transmitted for each course. Members may elect to conduct the survey instrument online. Student Course Evaluations are for the confidential information of that member except as noted in III.18.3.3, where otherwise required to be submitted by this agreement or, in other cases, at the member's discretion.
Each member's Student Course Evaluations shall be retained by the Department.
CUPE (see 5.17):
The parties agree that annual assessments of teaching effectiveness by students are valuable in contributing to the improvement of teaching within the University.
The Instructional Development Centre (IDC) shall assist departments and programs to develop and maintain assessment instruments that are appropriate to their academic disciplines. Chairs shall ensure the annual application of such instruments within their department or program.
Members shall not be present when the students assess their teaching and assessments shall not be transmitted to the department or program by the members. Departments or programs shall count the number of assessments transmitted annually for each member. Members may read the assessments after final grades are submitted. At this time, members may elect to keep the originals, in which case the departments and programs will retain the originals or copies for a twenty-four (24) month period. Assessments shall be used by the department or program in the context of personnel decisions, including determinations iin respect of Right of First Refusal.
Each member shall be encouraged to create a teaching dossier, consisting of annual teaching evaluations and other information the member deems pertinent. Members may submit these dossiers when applying for academic positions at Trent. The decision not to submit a teaching dossier shall not be held against a member.
Printing ofstudent course evaluation forms will be paid for by the Dean's Office. However, before the evaluations are printed the department/program must forward the print requisition directly to the Dean's Office for approval and forwarding to the Print Shop.