Faculty Evaluation and Development

Faculty Evaluation and Development Policy

Faculty Evaluation

During the annual evaluation, full-time faculty and the Dean/Director discuss the following: student evaluations of classroom performance, professional activities, college service, advising responsibilities/performances, and other instructional and institutional responsibilities. The previous year’s Faculty Development Plan is also reviewed to determine the level of completion of the stated goals and objectives of that plan. During this meeting, the faculty member’s final evaluation package is completed and signed by both parties. A new Faculty Development Plan specifying growth and development activities is mutually agreed upon, and this document is attached to the evaluation package. The process provides essential information for use in tenure, promotion, and retention decisions.

Full-time faculty are evaluated by students on an alternating cycle. New faculty are evaluated every term for the first three years. Deans/Directors may require that a faculty member administer end-of-term student evaluations every semester. All faculty must include at least one semester’s report of student evaluation results in their annual evaluation package.

Classroom/ observation or of an online course and evaluation of full-time and adjunct faculty must be completed by their supervisors. Deans/Directors determine which adjuncts are to be evaluated by students on a term-by-term basis.

Evaluation Deficiencies

Any faculty member whose evaluation in a given year identifies unsatisfactory performance overall or in the area of instruction must work with the Dean/Director to correct those deficiencies. The faculty member and the Dean/Director will work together to develop goals and activities designed to improve the faculty member’s performance. These items will be included in the faculty member’s annual development plan.

Faculty and Staff Development

The intent of professional development at Nashville State is to encourage and to provide opportunities for faculty and staff that will extend knowledge in their own and related disciplines, improve instructional effectiveness, improve job performance, promote the sharing of ideas and information among faculty, and enrich the Nashville State work environment. See TBR Policies 5:02:01:05 and 5:01:04:10 and Guideline P-130. All faculty are responsible for their own continued professional development and shall participate in a variety of scholarly and academic activities that enhance instructional effectiveness. These activities may include the pursuit of additional degrees; advanced training; attendance at professional conferences, on-campus in-services, and/or workshops; and other professional endeavors. As part of the personnel evaluation process, instructional branch faculty and professional staff complete annual professional development plans. Faculty must document at least fifteen (15) hours annually of professional development activities that are approved by their supervisors. Development activities may also be recommended for a faculty member by the immediate supervisor in order to address weaknesses and evaluation deficiencies.

Within budget constraints and following NSCC Professional Development Guidelines and Priorities (PDF), funds may be available to support faculty and staff attendance at workshops, short courses, conferences, local seminars, and on-campus in-service activities. Professional Development Guidelines and Priorities (PDF) must be completed by faculty to request funding for appropriate activities and returned to their immediate supervisors as part of their annual evaluation package in spring semesters.

To appeal a non-approved action, faculty members should modify a denied professional activity proposal and resubmit it to the immediate supervisor within one week of the notification of the decision to the faculty member. The appeal requires submission of a revised Form X and any support documentation. After due consideration and discussion with the faculty member, the immediate supervisor should within one week either deny the request or agree that it has merit. Upon agreeing that the appeal has merit, the immediate supervisor may recommend to the VPAA that the proposal be reconsidered. If the immediate supervisor does not agree that the appeal has merit, the faculty member may appeal to the VPAA, providing the same information as was provided in the original appeal.

Faculty and Staff Meetings and Committees

Meetings provide an important forum for the communication and implementation of policies and procedures as well as participation in activities at Nashville State. All faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend General Assembly meetings; faculty are encouraged to attend Faculty Senate meetings; and staff are encouraged to attend respective assembly meetings. Faculty and staff are expected to attend division and department meetings.

Faculty participation in committee activities contributes to shared governance and the growth and enhancement of Nashville State's programs. Committee members are sometimes elected by division faculty or recommended through the Faculty Senate, although other channels of appointment may be used. Committee membership principles are driven by appropriate faculty representation and continuity of experience and expertise. Faculty should have an opportunity to decline committee appointments whenever appropriate.