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					Survey of Current Teaching
    Evaluation Forms

     Teaching Effectiveness
          Committee
Teaching Effectiveness Committee
            2004-2005
Gisela Buschle-Diller (Textile Eng., Chair)
John Heilman (Provost)
Howard Clayton (Management)
Al Fromhold (Physics)
Sareen Gropper (Human Sciences)
Raymond Kessler (Horticulture)
Marcus Kieltyka (Library)                     New members in 2005-2006
David LaBand (Forestry)
Jill Salisbury-Glennon (Educational FLT)
Saralyn Smith-Carr (Vet. Medicine)            Peter Livant (Chemistry)
Carole Johnson (Communication Disorders)      Juliet Rumble (Library)
Kem Krueger (Pharmacy)                        David Weaver (Agronomy & Soils)
Scott Kramer (Building Science)               William Boulton (Management)
Hakan Balci (graduate student)                Kristen Helms (Pharmacy)
Marianne Clancy (undergraduate student)       Mert Serkan (graduate student)
James Groccia (Biggio Center)                 Virginia Planz (undergrad. student)
           Survey details

• As a result of committee concerns, a
  survey was developed in February 2005
  and sent to all faculty to get general
  campus input (via Flashlight on-line)

• The survey consisted of 10 questions
  regarding the currently used teaching
  evaluation forms
                    Focus of survey

   • Validity of teaching questionnaire
   • Use by administration
   • Use by instructors



http://www.auburn.edu/administration/governance/senate/evaluations-report-2005.htm
                Results


• Response frequencies varied from 343 to
  366 per question

• 170 additional written comments (fewer
  than five positive responses)
                                                 Demographics
        7. Your professorial rank is:

                               Question 7 Responses
              40.00%
                                     32.60%
                                                         36.99%
              30.00%
Percentages




                        19.73%
              20.00%


                                                               8.49%
              10.00%

                                                                          2.19%

              0.00%
                        Assistant   Associate    Professor   Instructor   Other
                       Professor    Professor
                                                                                  8. Your tenure status is:
                                                Responses

                                                                                  Untenured   31%
NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 365
                                                                                  Tenured     69%
                                                                                   NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 364
                                                                                                                    Percentages




                                                                    0%
                                                                                                       5%
                                                                                                                            10%
                                                                                                                                                    15%
                                                                                                                                                          20%
                                                                                                                                                                   25%
                                                         COSAM




                                                                                                                                   9.34%
                                                        Business




                                                                                                                           8.79%
                                                     Engineering


                                                                                                                                           11.26%
                                                      Agriculture
                                                                                                                                   9.62%
                                                Human Sciences


                                              Veterinary Medicine
                                                                                                             4.95% 4.67%



                                                     Liberal Arts


                                                       Education
                                                                                                                               9.07%
                                                                                                                                                          23.63%




                                                       Pharmacy




                                  Responses
                               Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                         Question 10 Responses




                                                                                                   2.47% 3.02%




                                                          Library



NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 343
                                                         Nursing


                                              Foreign Languages


                                                 Air Force ROTC
                                                                         0.55% 0.82% 0.27% 0.27%
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Responses by college




                                                     Architecture
                                                                                                         3.57%




                                                          BLANK
                                                                                                                           7.69%
1. How confident are you that the current 8-question
teaching evaluation questionnaire accurately measures
teaching effectiveness?

                                  Question 1 Responses
                  30.00%
                                     27.12%
                            24.38%
                  25.00%
                                              21.10%
                                                        18.90%
                  20.00%
    Percentages




                  15.00%


                  10.00%
                                                                    7.12%

                  5.00%
                                                                              1.37%
                  0.00%
                              no                                             complete
                           confidence         Responses                     confidence

                                     NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 365
2. To what extent do you believe that evaluations and
comments written by students on evaluation questionnaires
are used by AU administrators to make decisions regarding
the quality of faculty teaching performance for raises,
promotion and/or tenure?
                                   Question 2 Responses
                     30.00%
                                                                     28.49%

                     25.00%
                                                          21.37%
                     20.00%                                                     18.63%
       Percentages




                     15.00%            13.42%
                                                12.33%

                     10.00%
                              5.21%
                     5.00%


                     0.00%
                          do not believe                                        believe
                             at all             Responses                     completely

                                      NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 363
3. To what extent do you believe that evaluations and
comments written by students on evaluation questionnaires
are used appropriately by AU administrators when
evaluating faculty teaching effectiveness? In other words, are
the data provided by the student evaluations used in reliable
and valid ways?
                                        Question 3 Responses
                          30.00%            28.22%

                          25.00%
                                                     21.64%
                                   20.00%
                          20.00%
            Percentages




                                                              16.71%

                          15.00%

                                                                       9.59%
                          10.00%


                          5.00%                                                   2.74%

                          0.00%
                               do not believe                                    believe
                                  at all             Responses                 completely

                                      NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 361
4. To what extent do you believe the current student
evaluation questionnaire on faculty teaching is
valuable/useful in terms of helping you to improve your
teaching performance independent of raise and
tenure/promotion considerations? In other words, do you
believe that this instrument is helpful to you in becoming a
more effective teacher?
                                            Question 4 Responses
                          30.00%
                                               24.93%
                          25.00%                                 22.47%

                          20.00%      18.63%            18.63%
            Percentages




                          15.00%
                                                                          12.05%

                          10.00%

                          5.00%                                                      3.56%


                          0.00%
                                   do not believe                                    believe
                                      at all            Responses                  completely


                                        NUMBER OF RESPONSES, N = 366
Essence of written comments

• 18 addressed the lack of or conflicting goals for
teaching.

• 52 addressed the misuse of teaching evaluations.

• 16 addressed the lack of timely feedback.

• 51 questioned the validity of the TE form or its use.

• 4 felt they received positive feedback.
                 Summary
• Widespread response across the university
  community (response rate approx. 32%; all
  colleges represented)

• Clear majority of respondents expressed
  concern about the validity of the instrument and
  how it is being used

• More than 80% of the respondents do not feel
  the teaching evaluation form is useful for
  teaching improvement purposes
                   Survey questions
•   How confident are you that the current 8-question teaching evaluation questionnaire
    accurately measures teaching effectiveness? [1 = no confidence ---6 = complete
    confidence]
•   To what extent do you believe that evaluations and comments written by students on
    evaluation questionnaires are used by AU administrators to make decisions regarding
    the quality of faculty teaching performance for raises, promotion and/or tenure? [1 =
    do not believe at all --- 6 = believe completely]
•   To what extent do you believe that evaluations and comments written by students on
    evaluation questionnaires are used appropriately by AU administrators when
    evaluating faculty teaching effectiveness? In other words, are the data provided by
    the student evaluations used in reliable and valid ways. [1 = do not believe at all --- 6
    = believe completely]
•   To what extent do you believe the current student evaluation questionnaire on faculty
    teaching is valuable/useful in terms of helping you to improve your teaching
    performance independent of raise and tenure/promotion considerations? In other
    words, do you believe that this instrument is helpful to you in becoming a more
    effective teacher? [1 = do not believe at all --- 6 = believe completely]
•   In your opinion, how committed is the AU administration to teaching excellence? [1 =
    no commitment at all --- 6 = very strong commitment]
•   In your opinion, how committed is the administration in your school/college to
    teaching excellence? [1 = no commitment at all --- 6 = very strong commitment]
•   Your professorial rank is:
•   Your tenure status is:
•   Your allocation of time to teaching is approximately:
•   Please identify your college/school

				
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