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Lecturer Evaluation Program

Duties of a Lecturer Supervisor

Before classes start

Provide the lecturer with the course syllabus and other materials as appropriate (problem sets, exams, quizzes) from previous iterations of the course. Discuss these materials with the lecturer and answer any questions. 

Inform the lecturer that the UC Merced Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides a variety of resources, workshops, and personal consultations to assist instructors in developing their teaching effectiveness. The following website provides more information: http://cetl.ucmerced.edu

Discuss with the lecturer whether you wish to review quizzes, exams, etc. before they are given. This is encouraged as a way to be certain that the materials are being covered at an appropriate level.

During the semester

Attend at least one class lecture during the semester and meet with the lecturer afterward for an informal discussion about the class.

Provide guidance to the lecturer if s/he encounters difficulties in covering the material of the course as outlined in the syllabus (e.g. the students appear unable to learn the material at the expected rate).

If you have agreed to do so, review exams, quizzes, etc. before they are given. Correct any errors and provide feedback on how the lecturer could be improved.

Look over mid-term grades (or scores). Provide guidance to the lecturer on responding to an anomalous failure rate or special problems with individual students. 

Provide advice on using the CatCourses website –specifically, that non-senate lecturers who supervise TAs give instruction and verify the timeliness and accuracy of TA grading. 

After the semester is over

Meet with lecturer to discuss generally how the course went. Have the lecturer provide you with examples of exams, problem sets, etc. and discuss them with him/her.

Each lecturer is to be evaluated by his/her supervisor at the end of each semester if the lecturer is appointment semester by semester. If the lecturer has an academic year appointment, one evaluation a year will suffice. 

Evaluations are important and helpful to both the lecturer and the school. The lecturer assessment includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The lecturer's organization, teaching effectiveness, classroom interaction, responsiveness to suggestions (if applicable), and improvement since previous semesters (if applicable).
  • Where relevant, additional comments should be solicited from other faculty, instructors, or laboratory coordinators with who the lecturer interacted.
  • If applicable, any University or community service activities.
  • Where available, read and comment on the student teaching evaluations.
  • Provide areas of improvement and specific advice on growth opportunities.

Evaluation forms are available below.

At their discretion, Lecturers may respond to their evaluation and/or their lecturer program experience, using the response form available on the Lecturer Resources webpage.


Lecturer Evaluations

Lecturer evaluations should be conducted by supervisors assigned to lecturer as notated in the lecturer's appointment letter. As a part of the lecturer evaluation, supervisors should be conducting classroom observations that focus on the mechanics of the classroom instructions and interaction. Lecturer Evaluation Forms should be completed as soon as possible following the end of the semester or academic year in which the review is conducted.

To assist in the documentation of lecturer evaluations and classroom observations, supervisors may complete one of the available forms below.


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING FORMS AND WEB BROWSERS

The forms are fillable PDF documents that have required fields and the ability to submit the form through email. However, some browsers, like Google Chrome, open PDF files directly in the browser and disables the full functionality of the form and the form will not be saved. To ensure the forms full functionality please download and save the forms directly to your desktop and open the PDF via Adobe Reader.

Forms

Please download and save these forms directly to your desktop.


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