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Does Teaching Matter? Assessing Teaching for Tenure at Canadian Universities . Pamela S. Gravestock, PhD Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation University of Toronto firstname.lastname@example.org. Overview. Research Questions & Methodology Key Findings Conclusions
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Pamela S. Gravestock, PhD
Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
University of Toronto
“[T]he principal expression of academic values about faculty work lies in the promotion and tenure decisions. It is here rather than in institutional rhetoric that the faculty seek clues about the value of different aspects of their work. It is here that productivity is most meaningfully defined and evaluated” (p. 27).
Fairweather, J.S. (2002). The Mythologies of Faculty Productivity. Implications for Institutional Policy and Decision-Making. Journal of Higher Education, 73(1), 26-48.
Question: How can teaching in higher education most effectively and comprehensively be evaluated, according to the literature?
Methodology: Literature review
Question: What role does the evaluation of teaching play in current tenure policies at Canadian universities?
Question: To what extent are the recommendations emerging from the current literature on teaching and teaching evaluation reflected in Canadian tenure policies?
Methodology: Policy review
Effectiveness/effective, Demonstrated effectiveness, Documented effectiveness, Established effectiveness, High degree of effectiveness, Quality and effectiveness, Sustained satisfactory and effective, Record of performance , Good performance, Acceptable performance, Reasonable performance, Satisfactory performance, Strong performance, High standard of performance, Superior performance, Teaching excellence, Satisfactory quality, Good quality, High quality, Exceptional quality, Demonstrated superiority, Satisfactory record, Strong record of achievement, Sufficiently strong record, Competence, Quality of competence, Demonstrated competence and responsibility, Scholarly competence, Meets expectations, Good teacher committed to academic and pedagogical excellence, Success, Promise, Sustained commitment
* Evidence from this source was required, recommended or optional
“Evaluation will take place, even in the absence of solid evidence, based on such sources as hearsay and gossip. And teaching is such an important activity for universities that we would be well advised to make the process as informed an helpful as possible.”