Resources

Center for Teaching and Learning presentation

College Teaching (General Resources)

Websites to Bookmark

Websites to Savor

Liberal Arts

Value of the Liberal Arts

Career Issues

  • "Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight": Selected findings from a 2014 AAC&U report contradict the perception of liberal arts students as untrained or unemployed.  Taking the long view, liberal arts majors are ultimately employed as frequently as pre-professional majors, and by their 50s, earn as much or more.
  • "How to get a job with a philosophy degree": New York Times article (9.13.13) about career development challenges and strategies in liberal arts colleges, focusing in particular on Wake Forest University's Office of Personal and Career Development.
  • "Who needs an English major?" from the Tomorrow's College lecture series, produced by American Radio Works. Downcast the podcast or read the transcript of a thoughtful exploration of the role of the liberal arts in higher education.  From the website: "Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education" (originally aired September, 2011).

Resources

Peer Review

Getting Started With New Peer Review Procedures

Suggested Peer Review Process

Short recommendations for implementation of the new peer review procedures in academic departments.

Peer Review Evaluation Form

Evaluation form with separate sections for review of class materials and observation of classroom teaching. Narrative style. (Email CTL for Word version.)

Peer Review Evaluation Forms for Review of Materials

Packet of materials from the University of Dayton Learning Teaching Center. Contains rating style forms for separate evaluation of different types of course materials, e.g., syllabi, class assignments, tests, and instructor feedback.

Classroom Observation Rating Form

Form patterned after one adopted by the Western Carolina University Coulter Faculty Commons for use in formative peer review of classroom teaching. Could also be used in summative review in combination with one of the above forms assessing course materials.

Additional Resources

Evaluating Teaching

The Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas provides guidelines for peer review along with other tips for documenting effective and conscientious teaching. Considers four broad facets of peer review: intellectual content of the course, teaching practices of the instructor, student learning and understanding, and evidence of instructor reflection and development.

Learner-Centered Peer Review

Brigham Young University's Center for Teaching & Learning is piloting a learner-centered approach to peer review, emphasizing learning outcomes rather than the traditional focus on instructional delivery. Site offers learner-centered peer review forms as well as description of a peer review process incorporating both formative and summative reviews.

Peer Assessment of Teaching

The Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership at the University of Albany SUNY offers academic departments a guide to developing a peer review system. Downloadable packet of information and appendices with sample forms.

Why is Peer Review So Hard?

Essay by peer review expert Nancy Van Chism aimed at department chairs.

Books on Peer Review, Available in the CTL Library

Arreola, R. A. (2007). Developing a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation System (3rd ed.). Bolton, MA: Anker.
Provides information about many approaches to faculty evaluation, including peer review.

Berk, R. A. (2006). Thirteen Strategies to Measure College Teaching. Sterling, VA: Stylus.  Peer review is considered as one of many approaches to evaluation of faculty.

Chism, N. (2007). Peer Review of Teaching: A Sourcebook (2nd ed.) Bolton, MA: Anker.
Adopted for a learning circle in 2010, this book provides a comprehensive overview of different approaches to peer review as well as forms for all types of evaluations. Learning circle members drafted recommendations for peer review as a result of their study of this resource.

Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism tutorial, an introduction to plagiarism with online quizzes from the University of Southern Mississippi (could be completed by students outside of class) 
  • Plagiarism self-test, from Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges (quiz focused on what behaviors constitude plagiarism)
  • Plagiarism module and quiz, from Indiana University (quiz contains student examples of writing, asking for assessment of plagiarism)
  • Video on plagiarism, developed by Rutgers University (animated cartoon)
  • Strategies for prevention of plagiarism, a blog entry by Jason Schreiner, Faculty Consultant at the University of Oregon Teaching Effectiveness Program 

Presentations: Visual Aids

Resources for Blended and Online Teaching