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.
Resources: Faculty peer review
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 systems used for instructor evaluation.
The following set of videos provide an overview of the theories, models, techniques, and strategies promoted by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.
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.
This syllabus review checklist was developed to include recommended course design practices relevant to most teaching environments at USC; it is editable so that schools may add or delete items to customize it to their needs.
This classroom teaching observation checklist was developed to include recommended teaching practices relevant to most teaching environments at USC; it is editable so that schools may add or delete items to customize it to their needs.