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As an assistant professor in the graduate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, I need to be peer-reviewed. This is a fairly common process and I have had such examiners in my courses. This year I was sent a copy of the criteria that will be used and I realized that there were many issues that could apply to any review of staff or partners as a supervisor, so I decided to share it here, with some edits for this column:

Knowledge: Demonstrated mastery of the subject;

Communication: Clear and articulate speech that can be understood and able to convey course content clearly and effectively;

Enthusiasm: Enthusiastic about teaching, exudes a positive attitude, interested in the field;

Attitude: Showed an active interest in students and their learning and treated students and their contributions with respect;

Organization: presented material in a logical and organized manner that can be followed and used class time effectively;

Preparation: The instructor was well prepared for the lesson and clearly specified lesson objective and summarized the main points;

Technics: Used techniques and teaching aids appropriate for the given class and subject area (illustrations, equipment, blackboard, Zoom, etc.);

Rigor: The class was conducted in a way that encouraged critical thinking and active learning and participation;

Relevance: Material presented newsworthy and relevant;

Captivation: Material presented in a way that maintains students’ interest and attention;

Rhythm: The pace of the lesson seemed appropriate for the subject matter;

Interaction: Encouraged participation and responded effectively to student comments or questions.

Although the above refers to students, it can be used as a guide to assess anyone in a supervisory position. Also ask students or taught staff to use it as a bottom-up assessment. I think this list can present great ways to ensure better teaching and learning, and to empower students and staff as participants in the process.

Do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with your questions about practice management or assignments you may not be able to complete.

Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, is a partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC, CPA. He is on Accounting Today’s list of the 100 most influential people. He is the author of 24 books, including “How to Review Tax Returns”, co-authored with Andrew D. Mendlowitz, and “Managing Your Tax Season, Third Edition”. He also writes a blog twice a week dealing with issues customers have with with the Pay-Less-Tax Man Blog for the bottom line. He is an adjunct professor in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MBA program and teaches end-user applications of financial statements. Art of Accounting is an ongoing series where he shares autobiographical experiences with advice he hopes his colleagues can adopt. He welcomes practice management questions and can be reached at (732) 743-4582 or [email protected].