The Peer Coaching Program offers interested faculty and academic teaching staff the chance to engage in formative teaching improvement by working with a knowledgeable faculty member from outside their department for an entire semester. It provides participants an opportunity to assess, experiment and develop teaching skills by working with an individual not involved in their tenure/promotion/merit decisions. All interactions and exchanges are completely confidential.
The ever-expanding literature on faculty development suggests that of all methods used to improve teaching and enhance student learning, few report the dividends that compare to that of working directly with a fellow instructor. Formative peer evaluation is a process that allows instructors to reinvigorate, revisit, review and/or revamp their teaching.
The Peer Coaching Program is designed using a series of "best practices" culled from the growing literature on effective formative peer review. In general, the program pairs a participant with a Peer Coach, providing many opportunities for meeting and interaction. Participants will (based on discussions and with their coach) complete some or all of the following:
The process will likely require approximately 15-18 hours over the course of the semester. All interactions, evaluations and reports (except the participant evaluation of the program) are confidential—shared only between the participant and the Peer Coach.
The objectives of the Peer Coaching Program include:
The LEARN Center Faculty Advisory Board has helped identify and recruit a corps of Peer Coaches from across the campus. These are faculty who were invited to work as Peer Coaches not only because of their teaching effectiveness, but also because of their ability to provide constructive feedback and to develop collegial relationships.
If you have questions or would like more information about the Peer Coaching Program, please contact the LEARN Center (X5242; firstname.lastname@example.org).