Research Recruitment: Instructor Experiences having Teaching Evaluated
Have your voice heard! Help us to understand your experience so that we may work together to improve how the evaluation of your teaching is implemented, interpreted, and applied.
Post-secondary evaluation of teaching (EoT) in Canada is a topic of increasing tensions, characterized by diverse and inconsistent practices and significant mistrust by students and instructors. The validity of current EoT practices is not only being questioned by instructors, there is evidence they lack validity and perpetuate discrimination against instructors (see, for example: Gravestock & Gregor-Greenleaf, 2008; the 2019 McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) Ad-Hoc Committee on Student Evaluation of Teaching Report; Ryerson University v Ryerson Faculty Association, 2018).
The purpose of this project is to ask instructors about their experiences of EoT. Instructors are the group most directly impacted by EoT practices – their voices, lived experiences, and needs must be heard if EoT is to be a practice that supports their journey of professional development (PD) in teaching and learning. In hearing and supporting instructors, we are also then helping to improve the learning experiences of students since continually improving instructional practice should also be of benefit to the learning experience for all involved. All of which is aligned with McMaster’s 2021 Partnered in Teaching & Learning Strategy.
This study is being conducted in partnership with the Office of the Provost and in alignment with the Teaching & Learning Strategy
Facilitators: Dr. Amanda Kelly Ferguson & Maham Afzaal, MacPherson Institute
Format: Instructors will virtually meet one-on-one with a facilitator during the month of May.
Audience: McMaster Community
Requirements: Must be a current instructor at McMaster University