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Peer Review by Academic and Professional Colleagues
The mission of the School of Education at IU South Bend is to serve the local, state, regional, as well as the national community. These communities include colleagues on many levels that we would describe as peers who learn from, and build on, our scholarship. We interact with the traditional population of academic peers who review and build on our scholarship: often this scholarship would be described as the scholarship of discovery.
We also interact and work with colleagues at the regional, state, and local levels who are professional peers. These professional peers are experts in their fields and make important decisions that affect policy, curriculum, and programs that impact the lives of hundreds of learners at all levels of instruction. These people are also colleagues and peers in that they have expertise in our fields, especially at the application, integration, and teaching levels of scholarship.
In evaluating the teaching, service, and scholarship of professors in the School of Education it is important to take into account this broader view of the term "peer." There are many professionals in our field who are not our students nor academic peers but are important members of our intellectual and professional community. These professional peers are not only qualified to evaluate our contributions but are essential to building the knowledge base of our discipline.