Transformational Change Initiative
Peer Observation and Co-mentoring Program
The university-wide Peer Observation and Co-mentoring Program launched in fall 2023 to boost participants’ teaching by changing the culture of peer observation from critical observation to supportive mutual mentoring. It is supported by the Transformational Change Initiative in the provost’s office.
Twenty faculty across all campuses can participate in each of academic years 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026 to learn about the research and scholarship of peer mentoring and teaching observations, and to infuse that knowledge and experience into their own teaching.
Each semester, 10 participants can work in pairs, and observe each other’s classes and discuss their observations with their partners and the program coordinators. Those who complete the program can go on to inform, inspire, and mentor other educators by sharing their experiences with their departments in future semesters. Ultimately, the main benefactors will be WSU students.
Please note: Participation in the spring 2024 program requires attendance at an October 12 orientation session over Zoom.
Submission deadline: Fri., Feb. 9, 2024
What you will be asked on the application form about:
- Your area at WSU (i.e., college/school/department/unit)
- Learning objectives you will focus on for the program
- Teaching method or approach of interest
- Contact information
“TCI is pleased to support the scaling up of this successful pilot program over the next three years offering it to faculty on all WSU campuses. This immersive experience will be valuable to faculty as they continue to reflect on and refine their pedagogical skills.”
Watch a recording of the recent Oct. 4, 2023 PIT Stop session that introduced and discussed the program:
The program is a collaboration between the Transformation Change Initiative (TCI) and the WSU Teaching Academy. The program springboards from a two-year pilot that involved participants from the academy and was led by fellows Kathleen Cowin, WSU Tri-Cities educational leadership professor, and Theresa Jordan, WSU Pullman history professor. Cowin and Jordan are project coordinators for the new WSU-wide initiative.
The Peer Observation and Co-mentoring Program is designed to:
- Inform participants about the research and scholarship of peer mentorship and teaching observations, and share experiences with their departments and other educators.
- Improve participants’ teaching by changing the culture of peer observation from critical observation to supportive mutual mentoring.
- Share effective teaching strategies and resources among participants. This could include whole group and small group strategies; cooperative learning strategies; discussion strategies; “critical friends” approaches; universal design; classroom group agreements; assignment and activity design; teaching to a learning target/goal and objective; and more.
- Enhance teaching for educators and learning for students.