Faculty performance is subject to regular and systematic evaluation. The process of faculty evaluation should include self-evaluation, assessment by Division Chairs and the Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as peer evaluations and student evaluations. All full- time faculty, tenured and non-tenured, are subject to faculty evaluation.

The following materials will be used in the process of faculty evaluation. The steps of the evaluation process with completion dates are:

A. Annual Report

The Annual Report is designed to promote objectivity in the data-gathering portion of the evaluation process. Student evaluations for all courses taught should be attached to the Annual Report. All faculty members must submit a completed Annual Report to their respective Division Chair by January 31. The Report should provide specific and common information that is consistent with Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics (supra. pp. 16-18) and Annual Report (Appendix F, infra., pp. 66-70). The report is for the period of January 1 to December 31, rather than the academic year. The Report should address the requirements for promotion and tenure as discussed below. 

First-year faculty, who typically begin their careers at USAO during the Fall Trimester, will submit the equivalent of an Annual Report that covers only the Fall Trimester. That truncated Annual Report will form the basis for justifying reappointment.

B. AnnualReport,AdministrativeReview

The Division Chair shall schedule a conference with each faculty member in her or his Division to discuss the Annual Report before submitting the Chair’s Administrative Review to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If necessary, the Division Chair shall thoroughly discuss any concerns that might arise from a faculty member’s performance related to Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics and provide a plan for improvement. The Division Chair shall provide a copy of the Chair’s Administrative Review to the respective faculty member. Upon receipt, the faculty member shall have five calendar days to submit in writing a statement to the Division Chair addressing or rebutting any concerns raised by the Division Chair.

The Division Chair shall submit the Annual Report, the Division Chair’s Administrative Review and any additional statement provided by the faculty member to the Vice President for Academic Affairs by February 15.

C. Annual Report, Evaluation of Division Chairs

Division Chairs are full-time members of the faculty with teaching responsibilities. By February 15, each Division Chair shall submit an Annual Report, attaching student evaluations, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Also by February 15, faculty will be asked to submit evaluations of their respective Chairs to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty who teach in the IDS curriculum will be asked to submit evaluations of the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies to the VPAA.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall schedule a conference with each Division Chair or Director to discuss the Annual Report and faculty evaluations. The VPAA shall prepare a written Administrative Review of each Division Chair or Director. Each Chair or Director shall receive a copy of her or his Administrative Review.