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University to pilot new teaching evaluation system

June 9, 2015

Dear UNT community,

Teaching is at the heart of our work on a university campus. Subsequently, we take seriously the evaluation of teaching effectiveness. The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SETE) Task Force has been extremely busy over the past year identifying an evaluation system that can be used across the university. I commend their efforts and enthusiastically support their recommendation for the launch of a pilot survey of the IASystem this summer.  

I know that many of you are involved with the student evaluations as departmental staff, academic administrators, support units, and of course, faculty. Regardless of your role, I encourage each of you to explore the IASystem website to learn more about this proven instrument. The evaluation system, housed at the University of Washington, offers many of the benefits that we desire including a transparent scoring system, customized surveys for different instructional formats, quick reporting features, and dashboard monitoring. One feature that I am particularly impressed with is the inclusion of four global items on each evaluation form to obtain an overall assessment of the course and instructor. These questions are appropriate to all course types and can be used for summative comparisons over time.

Moving ahead, the task force will assess the pilot survey during the Fall 2015 semester to determine its effectiveness and make a recommendation to move forward with a Spring 2016 implementation. As we roll out a new student evaluation system, we will simultaneously ask departments to engage in a more comprehensive and systematic approach to evaluate teaching effectiveness. Student evaluations, such as SETE and IASystems, represent some of the many components that measure teaching effectiveness.   

Finley GravesPlease join me in thanking members of the Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force for their hard work to date and do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions. They represent your voice.


Finley Graves

Interim Provost


Faculty Senate Representatives:

  • Pam Harrell, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education
  • Tracy Everbach, Mayborn School of Journalism (Group 1)
  • Mark McKnight, UNT Libraries, College of Music (Group 2)
  • John Quintanilla, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences (Group 3)
  • Michael McPherson, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences (Group 4)
  • Marissa S. Zorola, Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism (Group 5)
  • Daniel Chen, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, College of Education (Group 6)
  • Amie K. Lund, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences (Group 7)
  • Robin Lakes, Department Dance and Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences (Group 8)

Academic Affairs Representatives:

  • Jan Holden, Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, College of Education
  • Costas Tsatsoulis, Dean, College of Engineering

Administrative Support:

  • Phillip Baczewski, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Senior Director of Academic Computing
  • Christy Crutsinger, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Lynn McCreary, Registrar, Office of the Registrar
  • Keitha Robertson, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar
  • Mike Simmons, Senior Associate Director, CLEAR
  • Jason Simon, Associate Vice Provost, Institutional Research, Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Elizabeth Vogt, Director, Institutional Research, Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Posted on: Tue 09 June 2015


Julie Patterson at 1:51 pm on June 17, 2015

Post-Finals Week

Post-Finals Week Evaluations: It would be helpful if the teaching evaluations were to be administered the week after finals have concluded. For many students, myself included, the two weeks leading up to and including finals week are inopportune for providing thoughtful input on teaching evaluations when multiple final exams and final projects beg full attention.

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