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Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness Project

The Benchmarks project is no longer offering new grants.

The Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness Program is part of the multi-institutional TEval project, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF; DUE-1726087) to foster improved methods of reviewing, documenting and evaluating faculty teaching practices at KU and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Benchmarks Framework identifies seven dimensions of teaching practice that are designed to capture the teaching endeavor in its totality, including activities outside the classroom (e.g., identification of learning goals, assignment design, reviewing student work), and contributions to individual courses and the curriculum. Participants modify and adapt a rubric to guide the evaluation of teaching effectiveness (e.g., for promotion and tenure or progress toward tenure). It can also be used to foster teaching effectiveness as part of a peer review or teaching mentoring system. To date, 12 KU departments in the Benchmarks Project have been working on creating a more nuanced process for evaluating teaching.

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Participant Information and Eligibility

We awarded grants to five departments in Year 1, four departments in Year 2 and anticipate adding two or three departments in Year 3. Academic departments or equivalent academic units on the Lawrence campus are eligible. An advisory board subcommittee will review applications and identify recipients. Project goals must be clearly defined and should promote cooperative, integrated participation among faculty members. Preference will be given to projects that will have broad engagement by department faculty and a high impact on the culture of teaching or teaching evaluation in a unit. Find more information about what departments are in Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 and what they are doing with the rubric here.

News & Notes

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