The primary purpose of measuring teaching performance is to provide instructors with a feedback mechanism that allows them to further improve the effectiveness of their teaching. A secondary purpose is to provide a partial assessment for the teaching category in the tenure and promotions or a hiring process.
York University’s Senate as well as the YorkU Teaching Commons provide guidelines for putting together a teaching dossier, which goes well beyond measuring teaching performance just based on students’ evaluations.
Both Schulich and the University value teaching excellence. Schulich’s policy mandates that instructors are to provide class time for students to complete course evaluations. Each year YorkU’s President hands out university-wide teaching awards. Teaching development grants are also available. In the Schulich School of Business, the Student Governments (GBC, UBC) conduct the Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Award. Information about course evaluations and the Schulich Teaching Excellence Award is provided on the pages linked below.