Peer observation reports and student evaluations of teaching: who are the experts?

Teaching, research, and service constitute the three primary factors considered in retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP) decisions. Teaching is typically assessed using student evaluations of teaching (SET), sometimes accompanied by embedded learning measures and/or teaching portfolios, and increasingly, by classroom observations by faculty peers resulting in peer observation reports (POR). This is a qualitative study to examine faculty views on both SET and POR. We also look at who are perceived to be the experts in evaluating teaching.