A Statement on Student Evaluations of Teaching

Most faculty in North America are evaluated, in part, on their teaching effectiveness. This is typically measured with student evaluations of teaching (SETs), instruments that ask students to rate instructors on a series of mostly closed-ended items. Because these instruments are cheap, easy to implement, and provide a simple way to gather information, they are the most common method used to evaluate faculty teaching for hiring, tenure, promotion, contract renewal, and merit raises.

The University of Southern California has instituted peer review of teaching for faculty evaluation. Their Center for Excellence in Teaching provides resources for how to use peer review effectively and addresses common concerns. Click here to read the full article.

Innovative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE’s 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Two USC junior faculty – Paul Bogdan and Eun Ji Chung, of 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 25th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Early-career engineers who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the two-and-a-half day event. The participants — from industry, academia, and government — were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

“The USFOE symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together bright young engineers from different technical areas to spark innovative ideas and to facilitate, what often turn out to be, career-long collaborations,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “When you foster a creative space for engineers to collaborate and work together, experience shows that the possibilities are endless.” Click here for more information.


$50 Million Provost Initiative on Fostering Our Diverse Community

In his November 1, 2018 memo, Provost Quick outlined important new steps in USC’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity in our academic community. The first of these new initiatives is an ambitious joint program in which the Office of the Provost, working with the schools, will allocate a total of $50 million in new funds to match funding that schools employ towards the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Training to Foster Diversity in Faculty Hiring