Policy 2109 – Criteria for Evaluation of Faculty

Revision Date: 5/20/2003

Original Effective Date: Fall 1989

Responsible Office: Provost

Reference: Board of Supervisors; Council of Academic Deans

All personnel having full-time or part-time faculty rank must be evaluated each year, including those with temporary appointments. The main criteria are instruction, research, and service. The primary uses of the evaluation will be to assess performance, to determine opportunities for improvement, and to provide the basis for employment decisions such as merit increases, promotion, tenure, and continuation.

Faculty have the responsibility to remain current in their disciplines so that they can fulfill the duties assigned to them at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Failure to do so impedes the efficiency of the University and its ability to fulfill its role, scope, and mission.

Each person with faculty rank is expected to be engaged in the University’s main functions of instruction, research, and service. The level of emphasis among these three areas may vary by academic discipline and level of degree program(s) offered in the discipline. Also, the percentage of effort to be allocated by each faculty member in each of these three areas may vary because of such functions as administrative responsibilities and the level at which the person is teaching. Part-time and temporary faculty will be evaluated using criteria consistent with stated employment obligations and period of employment.

  1. Instruction and Advising

    Every faculty member is expected to provide quality instruction for all classes assigned. Quality instruction includes the use of a variety of teaching strategies, the development and implementation of course syllabi, organization and management of courses and laboratories, and the evaluation of student achievement. Each Department will establish a mechanism to develop and maintain the teaching skills of its faculty.

    Relevant new technologies, innovative methodologies, and library resources should be used as appropriate with the goal of improving the quality and quantity of the learning experience. It is expected that students will be treated with respect, tact, and friendliness so that the faculty member can function as an effective guide, mentor, and counselor.

    Professional growth is required and may be evidenced by the attainment of, or progress toward, higher degrees, formal post-degree study, research and writing in the teaching field, meaningful participation in relevant professional societies, professional enhancement activities such as a structured self-study program, and participation in professional seminars.

    Advising students is an important responsibility of the faculty. Advising consists of more than assigning students to classes, signing drop and add forms, or solving scheduling problems. To advise students properly, faculty should:

    1. post and maintain suitable office hours, including times other than during pre-registration;
    2. become familiar with program and curriculum requirements within the University, College, and Department;
    3. become familiar with University and Departmental regulations and requirements; and
    4. become acquainted with Student Service resources on campus.
  2. Research

    Research is an essential dimension of the faculty member’s role in the University. Currency of knowledge is obtained through continuing professional growth and development programs, including research activities.

    It is recognized that the nature of research may vary by discipline. It is also recognized that the commitment to research normally increases at higher levels of instruction and academic rank.

    The results of research activities may be shared and validated via a variety of media. For example, research findings may be disseminated in books, refereed and non-refereed journal articles (with refereed journal articles being preferred), proceedings of learned societies, presentations at meetings of professional societies, working papers, and collegial seminars. In some fields, research may be expressed via appropriate media such as performance or displays of a creative nature. In some fields, research may be expressed via competitive grant proposals and subsequent reports of findings. The overriding consideration is that excellence in a field is best demonstrated by favorable peer review of research activities.

  3. Service

    It is appropriate and important that faculty provide services to support and develop their University, state, and nation. Meritorious service activities are those activities directly related to a faculty member’s area of professional expertise or University position.

    University service includes acting as faculty advisor for student organizations, participation on standing or ad hoc committees at various levels, and participation in other recognized University activities.

    Non-University service includes service to governmental agencies at various levels through participation on advisory panels and special study groups; service to the profession through participation in regional and national societies devoted, at least in part, to the betterment of education in the faculty member’s discipline; and service to the private sector through the provision of expert services to the faculty member’s discipline.

  4. Collegiality

    Faculty are to conduct themselves in a professional and collegiate manner consistent with being a productive citizen of the department, college, and University community. (Refer to Policy 2110)