Revised February, 2019
Peer Observation Processes
Soules College of Business
The University of Texas at Tyler
Statement of purpose of peer observation process:
The purpose of this policy is to honor the importance of teaching by providing a system for
formative feedback designed to strengthen teaching in the College of Business and Technology
at the University of Texas at Tyler. The university recognizes the essential contribution of its
faculty members to the quality of students’ education and learning experiences and supports
faculty development in all aspects of instruction. An effective tool for faculty development is
formative peer observation of teaching, which involves a constructive and open review of
teaching for the sole purpose of fostering improvement.
The goal of the peer observation process is to improve teaching and student learning and should
serve as a tool for mentoring. The peer observation process should foster a culture of teaching
excellence through collegial dialogue. Thus, the outcome of the faculty peer observation process
should be a reflective summary written by the observed faculty member describing any steps
taken or changes made towards the enhancement of teaching and improvement of student
A. Frequency of Peer Observations:
For tenure track Assistant Professors, peer observations will be conducted every other year
unless an unfavorable review determines the need for additional observations.
Tenured faculty will have a peer observation every three years. If a post-tenure review
determines that a tenured faculty member needs to improve in the area of teaching, more
frequent peer observations can be scheduled.
Beginning fall 2015 full-time lecturers, senior lecturers, visiting faculty, and clinical faculty
would be observed every three years.
The Associate Dean will develop and maintain a rotation schedule for observations.
B. Timeline for peer observation process:
Chairpersons should identify and notify each faculty member who will be observed by a peer
at least two weeks prior to the beginning of that semester. The chairperson and faculty
member should determine in which course the observation will occur and in which semester.
A recommended timeline is provided below.