February 15 Day 344: Peer Reviews

Even though our teaching circumstances remain “extraordinary,” run-of-the-mill tasks still need to be completed. It is the time of year to scramble and complete peer reviews in preparation for the ridiculous process of merit review to come (see May 3 Day 56: Not Even Close To Normal.) Thanks to leaders who streamlined the process for this year, we have a simple “2020-21 Extraordinary Circumstances SIAS Peer Evaluation Form” to complete. It amounts to inspecting online materials, attesting to the delivery method (asynchronous, synchronous, or hybrid), and verifying that a current syllabus, grading expectations, and clear communication channels are provided. I am grateful that no more is required.

However, for my untenured colleagues or those coming up for reappointment, I feel an obligation to do more. Thorough documentation of their extraordinary teaching efforts is necessary so that we don’t forget the labor required to successfully pivot to remote teaching during a global health emergency when they come up for promotion and someone inevitably questions the gap in their publication record.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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