5e. Unit Evaluation of Professional Education Faculty Performance
5e1. How are faculty evaluated? How regular,
systematic, and comprehensive are the faculty evaluations for
adjunct/part-time, tenured and non-tenured faculty, as well as for graduate
All non-tenured faculty follow the purple book process for promotion and tenure. This process requires annual goal setting (in the form of a document of expectations) and review. Annual review takes place at the department level for every faculty member involved in this process and more substantive review (beyond department level) is done biannually depending upon length of faculty contract (one or two years). Example purple books are available for review in the documents room. The Unit does not use graduate teaching assistants.
5e2. How well do faculty perform on the unit’s
evaluations? (A table summarizing faculty performance could be included here.)
Because of the comprehensive nature of the faculty review process, very few faculty reach the tenure decision year (generally the 6th year) without being able to succeed. Faculty receive detailed responses to their purple book review from their department every year that outlines areas of strengths and weaknesses tied to department, unit and university standards in research, teaching and service. A full formal review is conducted in the second and fourth years and faculty may be given a shorter contract if deficiencies are found. In the past five years 17 faculty were given tenure. Of these 11 were granted tenure early. During that same period, 5 faculty were denied tenure, including one who was denied in the 4th year.
5e3. How are faculty evaluations used to improve teaching, scholarship and
Faculty evaluations are systematic and comprehensive. The document of expectations and supporting purple book materials are presented to the department and detailed written feedback is given to the faculty member under evaluation. The faculty member must report on the actual achievement of set goals through a lengthy narrative on research, teaching and service. Part of each narrative addresses improvements made, changes and adjustments based on the things learned since the last review. The established criteria at each department level are consistent and align with the basic components of the conceptual framework. Fixed term faculty (ad hoc and academic staff) are evaluated on an annual basis using a similar process as stated earlier. Graduate assistants are not engaged in teaching activities; therefore they are not subject to this type of formal review. Candidates have the opportunity to evaluate faculty through course evaluations and follow-up studies. Data from course evaluations on teaching abilities are required for the promotion and tenure process. Tenured faculty are only required to submit course evaluations every three years, but most faculty continue to perform written evaluations every year. An examination of purple books indicate that faculty are highly qualified in their teaching and use data from course evaluations to improve their performance.