DATs@DU Cohort 3 Continue Departmental Efforts for Teaching Evaluation Reform

Apr 10, 2024

By: Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Assistant Vice Provost & Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning

Two Departmental Action Teams (DATs) are working on examining and refining teaching evaluation practices in their respective areas. This week, the DATs met for the second of three working sessions on “voices” of evaluation, this time on self-voice and self-reflection in the teaching evaluation process. We were joined by Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 DAT participants, Tamara Hannaway, Dina Loerke, Juli Parrish, and Sarah Willis, who shared their reflections on their own DAT experiences.

In February, we held a session on Peer Voice, which considered the ways in which peer observations and evaluations might enhance the teaching evaluation process. Former DAT members Norma Hafenstein, Mark Siemens, and Emily Sposeto joined us for this earlier session.

In May, we will examine student voices, importantly , considering ways to invite student feedback in addition to solely relying on term-end evaluations, which tend to carry biases.

DATs will continue to work with their facilitators, the Faculty Fellow of Teaching and Learning, Rashida Banerjee and the OTL’s Virginia Pitts, through the spring, and will participate in a working retreat this fall. DATs apply the Teaching Quality Framework and ensure that three voices (self, student, peer) are reflected in teaching evaluation for annual and consequential review.

DATs@DU Cohort 3:
Daniels Department of Marketing
Michelle Cunningham, Teaching Professor
Amrita Day, Assistant Professor
Tia Quinlan-Wilder, Teaching Associate Professor (Team Lead)

Department of Spanish Language, Literature & Cultural Studies:

Chad Leahy, Chair and Associate Professor (Team Lead)
Kathleen Guerra, Teaching Assistant Professor
Lina Renicek-Parrado, Teaching Assistant Professor

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