This annotated bibliography of selected educational literature was developed to support USC faculty, administrators, and schools in the development and evaluation of excellence in teaching. The focus, particularly in the section Teaching Best Practices in the USC Definition of Excellence in Teaching Criteria, is on published research that experimentally validates the effectiveness of practices that promote student learning outcomes.
A selection of literature resources discussing efforts to define what is meant by “teaching excellence” at the university level.
A selection of literature resources discussing the impacts of activating prior knowledge on student learning.
A selection of literature resources discussing the systems used for instructor evaluation.
A selection of literature resources discussing the use of student surveys for the evaluation of teaching quality.
An introduction to the CET Challenging Discussions series and the principles guiding its development.
A description of a norming session, and a recommended facilitation process for holding a norming session that prepares faculty to peer review their colleagues’ syllabi, teaching, and other instructional practices.
A template for USC schools to develop a plan for the excellence in teaching initiative.
A template for instructors to use when developing their teaching statement
A guide to review an instructor’s assessment and grading in their course.