Peer Review of Teaching Program


Who can participate?

Given the limited resources of PRTP, participation is limited to about a dozen faculty a year, chosen from those who apply by the deadline. If interested, please send your application to Lisa Tatonetti ( by following these how-to-apply guidelines. Applicants may apply in pairs (that is, may choose their own partners), or individually (in which case a partner will be assigned). Priority for Baseline Course Portfolio fellowships is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the Peer Review of Teaching Program. Applicants for the Inquiry Portfolio fellowship should already have completed a Baseline Course Portfolio. Fall 2014 Application Deadline: October 10 by 5pm.

What financial support is provided to program members?

Faculty fellows who complete a Baseline Course Portfolio each receive a $1000 stipend for time devoted to program activities (e.g., essays, working with partner, course portfolio, and attending organizational and informational meetings). Faculty fellows who complete an Inquiry Portfolio will each receive a $500 stipend. Stipends are disbursed as professional development accounts to each fellow.

So what exactly do I have to do?

A faculty member's experience begins with a year-long fellowship that supports the writing of three short essays on different aspect of teaching (intellectual content, teaching practices, and student understanding). Faculty then combine the essays into a reflective document (referred to as a course portfolio) in the form of an inquiry into the success of a course in helping students learn. These portfolios can be exchanged and discussed in an annual seminar for fellowship participants; general issues and readings on teaching are also part of the seminar.

Fall semester activities include matching new faculty participants with faculty mentors who have already produced a portfolio, a Saturday morning (Nov 15, 2014) orientation to the project, and planning activities for the spring semester. In the following spring semester faculty will complete their exercises and write their portfolio about a course taught in the spring semester. Upon completion of the course portfolio, each participant receives a $1000.00 fellowship in faculty development funds.

What type of time commitment am I making?

Previous peer review participants have suggested the following time estimates for the Baseline Course Portfolio:

  • interaction #1 (6 hours)
  • interaction #2 (4 hours)
  • interaction #3 (12 hours)
  • development of reflective memo or course portfolio (10 hours)

Additional time will be required for attending general peer review meetings (1 hour/month).

Who can I contact for more information?

Lisa Tatonetti
Coordinator, Peer Review of Teaching Program
Associate Professor, English
English/Counseling Services Bldg. 109
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone (785) 532-2174