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CVM Peer Observation of Teaching Initiative

Opening a process to enhance both teaching and curriculum development within the CVM, encouraging innovation, and leading to more effective assessment of teaching progress


A primary goal of the WSU CVM Teaching Academy initiative for Peer Observation of Teaching is to develop a culture of teaching improvement within our college. This culture would welcome peer observations and interactions, individualize faculty development of instruction, support educational innovations, and generate community-wide conversations about best teaching practices.

The evaluation of teaching in the WSU CVM is currently limited. These processes:

  • Do not provide sufficient formative input to improve an individual’s teaching effectiveness
  • Do not support experimentation and innovation (risk taking)
  • Do not stimulate sharing of teaching experiences or otherwise create a comfortable environment for exploring new teaching practices
  • Do not provide complete and balanced summative feedback, as is needed for annual review and promotion portfolios


After an initial phase of recruitment, a spectrum of current faculty, tenured and non-tenured, are being trained to observe, discuss and actively reflect with CVM instructional faculty. This will provide constructive interactions with a group of at least three trained faculty following observations of the individuals’ teaching activities (including lectures, laboratories and clinical instruction). The interactive process follows transparent guidelines. Interactions will be designed to offer relevant and insightful opportunities for reflection by the instructor, and to provide an alternative source of formative and summative evaluations to department chairs and promotion committees.

Peer Observation Committee Timeline of events

Interested in having your course or clinic teaching observed?  Please fill out this form.

After filling out the form, you will receive a response within two to three business days. If you have not heard back from us, please send an email confirming that your form was received to Dr. Rachel Halsey.

Peer Observation Documents


Guidelines for Effective Peer Observation & Review of Teaching - Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Build A Supportive Climate

Building A Supportive Climate:

Interaction with Learners

Interaction With Learners

This guide outlines a structure for the notes you make while observing faculty members interacting with learners and the comprehensive feedback session regarding that interaction. The guidelines pertain to lecturing, small group or laboratory facilitation, coaching, clinic teaching, etc. There is no expectation that all numbered items will be discussed for every observation. Rather, these items are representative of what might be addressed under each main and sub-heading.



Committee Step-By-Step Process
Washington State University