This study examines various aspects of an effective teaching evaluation system. In particular,
reference is made to the potential of Fink’s (2008) four main dimensions of teaching as a summative
evaluation model for effective teaching and learning. It is argued that these dimensions can be
readily accommodated in a Teaching Portfolio process. The Teaching Portfolio initiative that is in
use for the Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the
National University of Ireland Galway is a case in point. The challenges encountered when
attempting to develop mechanisms for the summative evaluation of quality teaching are explored, as
well as some of the possibilities for their resolution.