Guidelines for Selection of Reviewers

Beginning in 2020, Georgia State University will employ a blended review process, using a review team that consists of both external and internal faculty reviewers.

External Reviewers

  • The review team typically includes two external reviewers. In exceptional cases, a unit may be granted an additional reviewer if there is a strong justification for doing so.  Units should be strategic in identifying potential reviewers who can be most useful in helping the units determine how to seize opportunities and/or address challenges.
  • External reviewers should be selected from peer or aspirational departments/programs, preferably (but not necessarily) located at peer or aspirational institutions.
  • Wherever possible, reviewers should hold the rank of professor and have significant administrative experience (e.g., department chair, center or program director, associate dean, or dean).
  • Except under special circumstances, reviewers from the Atlanta area or from other University System of Georgia institutions should be avoided.
  • The academic unit should submit a rank-ordered list of at least 10 names to the dean’s office by June 1. The list may be subdivided to ensure a desired distribution of expertise.  The dean’s office may reorder or modify the list. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will invite reviewers in the order in which they are listed.
  • The list should include the name of each proposed reviewer, his/her contact information, and a brief biographical sketch that makes clear the person’s qualifications to serve as a reviewer.

Internal Reviewers

  • The review team also includes two internal reviewers selected from among the GSU faculty. One reviewer is intended to provide a college and/or meta-disciplinary perspective while the other provides a broad university-wide perspective.
  • The first internal reviewer is selected from another unit in the college of the unit under review or a related discipline in another college. The unit should submit a rank-ordered list of up to 5 names to the dean’s office by June 1.  The list should provide a rationale for each nominee and describe any potential conflicts of interest. The dean’s office may reorder or modify the list. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will invite reviewers in the order in which they are listed.
  • The second internal reviewer is selected by the Committee on Academic Programs of the University Senate. Wherever possible, this reviewer should not come from the same college as the unit under review.
  • Ideally, all internal reviewers will be senior faculty members with college- and/or university-wide leadership, administrative, and service experience.

Effective: January 2020