Respectful Workplace in the Teaching Setting

The Evaluation of Teaching Excellence

The School of Medicine is committed to providing a work environment that is conducive to teaching and learning, research, the practice of medicine and patient care.  Stanford’s special purposes in this regard depend on a shared commitment among all members of the community to respect each person’s worth and dignity.  Because of their roles within the School of Medicine, faculty members, in particular, are expected to treat all members of the Stanford Community with civility, respect and courtesy and with an awareness of the potential impact of their behavior on staff, students, patients and other faculty members.  Application of criteria  evaluating the quality of scholarship, teaching and clinical care include specific expectations regarding a faculty member’s professional behavior in the workplace.

In teaching activities, such factors relevant to whether the standards for teaching have been met may include:

  • A positive style of interaction with students
  • Availability
  • Professionalism
  • Institutional compliance and ethics
  • Effective communication skills
  • Helpfulness in learning
  • Ability to work effectively as part of the teaching team

Results from the distribution of clinical excellence and teaching evaluation forms, as well as from referee letters, will aid reviewing bodies in assessing a faculty member’s  performance in the workplace.

Workshop on The Evaluation of Teaching Excellence