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Guideline UL-ING05 ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES FOR PEER REVIEW OF COURSE-RELATED INSTRUCTION

Contents:

  • Procedures
  • Cross References

PROCEDURES:

  1. Each reviewer will conduct a pre-observation interview with the candidate to discuss course objectives, course materials, specific requests from course instructor about the library session, teaching philosophy and teaching techniques.
  2. Peer reviewers will review supplemental materials such as Research/Course Guides, Web pages or handouts.
  3. The candidate and the reviewer will schedule dates and times of meetings and the class session to be observed.
  4. The reviewer will conduct a post evaluation discussion with the candidate.
  5. The reviewer will write a letter addressing areas suggested in the Peer Assessment of Course-Related Instruction Document.
  6. The original assessment letter should be sent to the Libraries' Human Resources Office, with copies sent to:
    1. The librarian being reviewed.
    2. The librarian's suspervisor.
    3. At University Park: the librarian’s department head.
    4. At the Commonwealth Campus Libraries: the Director of Commonwealth Campus Libraries.
  7. The librarian’s supervisor will discuss the peer evaluation letter with the librarian before the annual evaluation. The librarian’s supervisor will incorporate the essence of the assessment into the librarian’s annual performance review.
  8. No original documentation will be included in the dossier unless the librarian chooses to place it in the supplemental dossier file.

CROSS REFERENCES:

Other Policies/Guidelines in this manual should also be referenced, especially the following:


Effective Date: February 5, 2014
Date Approved: February 5, 2014 (Library Faculty Organization)

Revision History (and effective dates):

  • September 9, 2003 -- New guideline
  • August 2007 -- Revised; Instructional Programs to Library Learning Services
  • August 2011 -- Revised to reflect the new organizational structure; Clarification of where originals are to be filed
  • February 2014 -- Revised guideline

Last Review Date:  February 2014