Faculty Resources

Teaching Evaluations

Students will be asked to complete teaching evaluations at the end of each semester. These evaluations are important in a number of ways: to help the instructor improve course content and structure, to aid the instructor in their teaching skills, for promotion and tenure consideration, and for annual reviews and salary determination.

Classroom Teaching

Most evaluations will be completed during the last two weeks of classes using the campus-wide Online Course Questionnaire (OCQ). Summary reports for the OCQ will be available online for faculty several weeks after the end of the semester. Students will also have access to an online portal containing data for certain course-specific questions.

Studio Teaching

The JSoM Private Instruction Evaluation (PIE) is used to evaluate all one-on-one performance and composition instruction in the school. This is an online evaluation designed to take into account the unique parameters and challenges of studio teaching. All aspects of the PIE, including survey administration and report generation, are handled by the Office of the Associate Dean for Instruction.

Ensembles

Ensembles are evaluated using paper forms and may be evaluated at the end of a semester or following each individual concert. Reports are manually produced by the Office of the Associate Dean for Instruction and include a quantitative summary of data and all student comments.

Related Policies

The School of Music Council has approved a series of recommendations regarding the evaluation of teaching in the Jacobs School of Music to clarify the ways in which evaluations are administered and used in faculty review processes:

  1. Every semester the results of the OCQ are delivered to the instructor and department chair (or supervisor).  They are also available to the Associate Dean for Instruction and to the Dean of the Jacobs School of Music.
  2. The OCQ, which is intended to be non-punitive, will be used in the JSOM to identify strengths and weaknesses and provide feedback and support for faculty to deliver the best possible instruction to students.
  3. By campus mandate all OCQ results/comments and all summaries of paper form evaluations and comments are included in tenure and promotion dossiers, for use by IUB committees only.
  4. Faculty may choose to have the OCQ results used by other JSOM committees (e.g. salary review groups) and/or by external evaluators for tenure and promotion.
  5. As mentioned in the BFC policy (point #1) the questions on the OCQ are only one component of the overall evaluation of teaching. The JSOM Faculty Issues Committee recommends that all questions on the OCQ be weighted equally, as they all provide useful information in determining teaching effectiveness.
  6. The Faculty Issues Committee recommends that department chairs and other evaluators look for commonalities in student responses and not place undue emphasis on complaints or extreme praise from single students.  Also important are trends in student responses over several semesters, and the faculty member’s response over time to student comments.
  7. All OCQ data made available to supervisors and administrators will also be made available to the instructor at the instructor’s request.