Faculty Teaching Evaluation Policy

University of Toronto
Neurosurgery Residency Program
Faculty Teaching Evaluation Policy 

It is important that the teaching environment for the program is as effective as possible, with a transparent process through which faculty teaching performance is regularly reviewed. 

1. Review and dissemination of faculty Teaching Evaluation Scores (TES)

  • TES, as provided by the Department of Surgery based on anonymous resident evaluations, for each faculty member will be reviewed annually by the Program Director and Chairman
  • TES will be distributed to Division Chiefs at each of the teaching sites for distribution to their respective faculty
  • It is understood that, independent of the Neurosurgery Program, the Department of Surgery also reviews TES for all surgical faculty 

2. Poor teaching evaluations

  • A poor TES is defined as a score of less 2 standard deviations below the mean of peers
  • A poor TES will handled as follows:
    • After 1 year of poor TES:
      • Chairman and Division Chief will indicate concern to the faculty involved and seek to address the issues internally
    • After 2 years of poor TES: 
      • the individual will be referred to the Director of Post-Graduate Education for Surgery and Chairman of Surgery
      • action at this stage might include the individual being asked to attend the faculty teaching workshop
    • If TES remains poor the following year: 
      • further action will be sought under the guidance of the Department of Surgery
      • action at this stage might include a formal teaching remediation plan for the individual
  • Any issues of concern with faculty teaching can also be brought forward by any member of the Program (resident or faculty) using the following mechanisms:
    • Via Division Chiefs or Residency Site Directors, who can attempt to address the teaching issues within their site 
    • Via any RPC member (resident or faculty), who will table it for discussion at RPC