Performance Evaluation - Faculty
Delta State University conducts an annual evaluation of the performance of individual faculty members. The principal purpose of evaluation is improvement of instruction.
1. Departments/divisions will be responsible for choosing the instrument that students use to evaluate faculty—subject to chair and dean’s approval. The instructions for the administration and the distribution of these instruments will also be at the discretion of the departments.
2. Faculty members should be evaluated by students at least every fall semester in all classes that they teach. Those that do not teach in the fall should be evaluated in the spring.
3. Although departments have freedom in the choice of instruments and forms, there should be a certain degree of consistency in the components of evaluations of faculty members. Evaluations should include at least the following:
· student evaluations of the faculty member;
· some form of self-evaluation or faculty activities report for the year, including evidence of teaching effectiveness, service, and scholarly/creative activities;
· an evaluation by the chair, including a written form and a face-to-face conference.
4. The chair’s evaluation form should contain all of the following:
· a designation in writing of the faculty member’s overall satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance (needed because of DSU’s post-tenure review policy);
· a place for the chair’s comments;
· a place for the faculty member’s comments, including plans for enhancement of instruction, scholarship, and/or service;
· a statement that the faculty member has the right to attach a rejoinder to the document;
· signatures and dates for both the faculty member and the chair as evidence that both are aware of the assessment and as documentation that the conference took place.
5. The annual faculty evaluation process should be completed by May 1. The completed chair’s evaluation form–and rejoinder, if submitted–should be sent to the appropriate dean and retained on file.