DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL


Section: 3-Faculty
Policy No: 8
Approved: 1/10/97
Revised: 09/21/01
Revised: 05/02/03

Policy: FACULTY EVALUATION

3- 8 FACULTY EVALUATION

8.1 Faculty evaluation at Dixie State College will meet the following criteria:

8.1.1 It will be composed of multiple indices.

8.1.2 It will involve all faculty, both full-time and part-time, on a defined schedule of evaluation activities.

8.1.3 Academic administrators (president, vice presidents, deans, and department chairs) will have access to the raw data from evaluations.

8.1.4 It will lead to improvement of instruction.

8.2 Purposes of Evaluation: The purposes of evaluation at Dixie State College are:

8.2.1 to improve teaching performance.

8.2.2 to advise faculty members regularly and specifically of strengths, challenges, and progress.

8.2.3 to provide systematic criteria for distribution of professional development funds and to address the perceived instructional challenges and expressed ambitions of individual faculty members.

8.2.4 to promote collegiality and improve instruction by sharing classroom practices and methodologies.

8.2.5 to ensure that the standards of performance outlined in the "Faculty Responsibilities and Academic Freedom" (policy 3-4) and in "Academic Standards in the Classroom" (policy 3-29), and any other applicable policies, are being met.

8.2.6 to determine appointive status (see "Non-reappointment of Probationary Faculty" policy 3-5, section 5-4 and "Dismissing non-probationary or tenured faculty for cause" policy 3-5, section 5.5) and to aid in decisions concerning academic rank and tenure.

8.3 Appeals of Evaluations: Faculty members who wish to challenge the results of an evaluation may appeal the evaluation through the formal grievance procedures (policy 3-31).

8.4 Types of Evaluations: Faculty evaluation will be composed of the following indices:

8.4.1 Student Opinion of Instruction Survey: Students will complete a survey instrument that is administered in class in the final two weeks of the term by an individual other than the faculty member and delivered to the division office. The faculty member will not see the results of the student survey until after final grades have been issued.

8.4.1.1 The survey instrument will be developed and approved by the Academic Council.

8.4.2 Self-Evaluation: At the end of the Spring Semester, faculty will write a memorandum to their dean, identifying their strengths, ambitions, and challenges as instructors, and requesting the dean's support in addressing those challenges and ambitions. The self-evaluation will be submitted to the dean prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester. Self-evaluation usually includes the following questions:

"What are the faculty member's strengths as a teacher?"

"What are the faculty member's challenges or ambitions as a teacher?"

"What can the administration do to help the faculty member meet those challenges or satisfy those ambitions?" This question is especially important, since it allows faculty members to request specific professional development funding or institutional support.

8.4.3 Supervisor Evaluation: The department chair or the dean will visit a class session of the faculty member and fill out an evaluation form, which will be delivered to the faculty member. Either immediately after the class session or during the following week, the dean will meet with the faculty member to review the form. The faculty member will sign the form, keep a photocopy, and return the original to the dean. A faculty member's signature on the form does not mean the faculty member agrees with the evaluation; it just confirms the faculty member has seen the evaluation form. The supervisor may review the faculty member's portfolio, the results of recent student, self, and peer evaluations.

8.4.3.1 The supervisor evaluation form will be developed and approved by the Academic Council.

8.4.4 Peer Exchange: Faculty members will identify one peer and this peer will visit one of the faculty member's class sessions and fill out a form which will be delivered to the faculty member. Either immediately after the class session or during the week following the visit, the peer will meet with the faculty member to informally discuss the session. The faculty member and peer will sign the form, keep a photocopy, and send the original to the dean. Additional peers may be invited to visit a faculty member's class at the faculty member's discretion.

8.4.4.1 The peer exchange form will be approved by the Academic Council.

8.4.4.2 Faculty will not reciprocally review one another's class sessions. In other words, no two faculty members may mutually appraise one another's class sessions. Faculty members will seek a different faculty member each year for at least a five year rotation.

8.4.5 Faculty will maintain a teaching portfolio which should include samples of student work, syllabi, vita, special projects, scholarships, and other pertinent information regarding faculty performance. Information in the faculty portfolio will be available to the supervisor, peer evaluators, and other accrediting bodies as deemed necessary.

8.5 Evaluation Schedule: All faculty, both full-time and part-time, will be evaluated on the following schedule:

8.5.1 Full-time probationary faculty:

8.5.1.1 Student Opinion of Instruction Surveys will be conducted in all courses every term.

8.5.1.2 Self-Evaluation will be completed once per year during the probationary period.

8.5.1.3 Supervisor Evaluation will be completed once per academic year during the probationary period.

8.5.1.4 Peer exchange will be completed during the Spring term.

8.5.2 Full-time non-probationary or tenured faculty:

8.5.2.1 Student Opinion of Instruction Surveys will be conducted in all courses during the fall term.

8.5.2.2 Self-Evaluation will be completed during the Spring term.

8.5.2.3 Supervisor Evaluation will be completed once every three academic years.

8.5.2.4 Peer exchange will be completed once every three academic years.

8.5.3 Part-time faculty:

8.5.3.1 Student Opinion of Instruction Surveys will be conducted in all courses every term.

8.5.3.2 Supervisor Evaluation will be completed once per academic year.

8.6 Access to Evaluation Data: Academic administrators, the chair and the dean, will have access to the raw data from student, self, and administrator evaluations. This data is confidential, part of the faculty member's private personnel file, and the administrators will treat it accordingly, sharing it with no other persons.

8.7 Results of Evaluation: Working together, the dean, chair, and faculty members will use the data to make improvements to instruction that are specific to the faculty member's needs.

8.8 Requests for Evaluation: All faculty are encouraged to voluntarily request additional evaluation by students, peers, or administrators. Any additional evaluations will be supported by Dixie State College, without using faculty development funds for that purpose.