Evaluations, peer

  • Mary E. Hunt


You will sometimes be in the position of having to review your colleagues—for example, when they come up for promotion or tenure (seeEvaluations, annual, pretenure)—and to be reviewed by them as well. You may also be asked by publishers and journals to do peer reviews of manuscripts. While reviews are meant to be confidential, reviewing the work of your colleagues can be a source of tension, especially in small departments. It is helpful if you remember that the critiques of and by your peers (whether of teaching or scholarship) can be a valuable source of learning and growth. While we may not enjoy being judged or judging, it is part of the learning experience throughout an academic career, and something we need to get used to.

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