Comprehensive Standard 3.7.2

 

The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status. (Faculty Evaluation)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with its published criteria outlined in the Evaluation of Faculty (Students & Supervisors) in the Employee Handbook regardless of contractual or tenured status. The purpose of the faculty evaluation procedure is to provide faculty members and Division Chair/Supervisors with an opportunity to work together to improve the quality of instruction and the educational program at Vernon College. The Supervisor's Evaluation of Faculty and the Student Survey of Instruction play a predominant role during the evaluation process for all full-time and part-time instructors. Supporting documentation (professional development activities, program/discipline evaluations, planning and evaluation outcomes, annual loads, and graduation and placement rates) is taken into consideration by the Division Chair/Supervisor during the evaluation process.

All faculty, including adjunct faculty, are evaluated on an annual basis by his/her Division Chair and all evaluations are reviewed by the Dean of Instructional Services.

Student Surveys of Instruction are conducted according to the following schedule:

 

Adjunct faculty are evaluated by each class each semester for one year of satisfactory performance, including summer if applicable, and then they follow the full-time faculty schedule. Adjunct faculty includes instructors teaching at remote sites in support of the dual credit program. New Full-Time faculty are evaluated by each class each semester for one year of satisfactory performance, including summer if applicable, and then they follow the full-time faculty schedule. All full-time faculty are evaluated annually. A random sample of full-time faculty classes (not less than 30%) are evaluated in the fall and spring semesters annually. If a faculty memberís performance is deemed unsatisfactory, then that faculty member will automatically be evaluated the following semester. In addition, students will evaluate all Internet courses offered each semester regardless of the status of the instructor. The procedures followed for on site courses are utilized in the ITV course evaluation process.

 

Division Chair/Supervisors evaluate faculty members based on the annual faculty evaluation schedule developed by the Dean of Instructional Services. The Division Chair/Supervisor schedules a conference with the instructor in order to complete the evaluation. The evaluator reviews the following materials before the evaluation session: Student surveys, instructor's professional development activities, program discipline evaluation, program/discipline planning and evaluation process, enrollments, and graduation and placement rates. If the evaluator believes that a classroom observation is necessary, he/she may conduct it at any time without prior notification to the faculty member. Following completion of the evaluator/instructor conference, the evaluator will provide a copy of the evaluation to the instructor and forward the original to the Dean of Instructional Services for review. Once approved by the dean, the evaluation will be forwarded to the Human Resources Office.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Evaluation of Faculty (Students & Supervisors, Vernon College Employee Handbook

2.    Supervisor's Evaluation of  Faculty, Vernon College Instructor Handbook

3.    Student Survey of Instruction, Vernon College Instructor Handbook