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A Program For Faculty Peer Review At North Dakota State University

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Teaching Styles and Peer Review

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8.103.1 - 8.103.7



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Charles McIntyre

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Session 1122


Charles McIntyre, Sudhir Mehta, Tim Sellnow

North Dakota State University


North Dakota State University has recently created the Peer Review of Teaching (PRT) Program which seeks to promote student-centered learning through the use of cooperative peer review teams to promote enhanced teaching methods, techniques, and strategies. The PRT project is a faculty-driven initiative intended to offer individual faculty added feedback related to instruction. Faculty members work together to set goals and to interpret student reactions to instruction strategies. The process is intentionally limited to formative assessment, and the peer assessment data is owned by the individual faculty members. Project participants are required to observe the teaching materials and teaching activity of a peer for at least one class per semester, provide meaningful feedback to his or her peer related to his or her syllabus and teaching strategies, and provide a measure of evaluation and assessment related to enhanced student learning. The contents of this paper document, 1.) the background and development of the PRT program, 2.) the selection and coordination of the peer teams, 3.) the development of the peer philosophy and project deliverables, and 4.) an evaluation and assessment of the PRT program.


Peer review at NDSU has always been officially considered part of the process of promotion and tenure. However, in a practical sense and within the last ten to twelve years, the peer review process has been nonexistent. While peer review is considered “good” practice by both faculty and administration (when conducted properly), a formal well-structured program for peer review has never been set into practice. The NDSU University Senate created an ad-hoc committee to investigate the peer review process and to develop strategies that could be implemented to achieved a successful and well-received program for peer review. A report was created and posted on the University Senate web page (, refer to Figure 1. The updated information on the web page also contains information that was developed as part of the PRT Program, as summarized in this paper.

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McIntyre, C. (2003, June), A Program For Faculty Peer Review At North Dakota State University Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12301

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