ERIC Number: ED187285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Evaluation in Higher Education: A Review of Court Cases and Implications for the 1980's.
Balch, Pamela M.
A study of purposes, processes, and results of faculty evaluation in higher education looks at court litigation and the criteria used--or not used--in evaluation: student evaluation, peer evaluation, and faculty qualities examined in courts (defamation of character, immorality, overt undesirable behavior, incompetence, lack of qualifications). Methods used by West Virginia in handling faculty evaluation are examined. It is concluded that thorough faculty evaluation will be more important than ever in a period of retrenchment. It is found that the courts have generally taken a hands-off approach to evaluation, or have supported the institutions if they followed appropriate procedures, recognizing the necessity for institutional autonomy in such matters. Guidelines and future considerations for both faculty and administrators are given. It is recommended that faculty maintain good contacts with administrative authority; have a third party present when dealing with a difficult situation with students or administrators; keep written memos and full records; design and use student evaluations; avoid verbal attacks on administrators; keep current on laws, regulations, and policies that might affect the teaching position; and keep out of categories such as "immoral, behaviorally undesirable, or incompetent". It is recommended that administrators: keep aware of policies and regulations; be aware of their roles in carrying out these practices; keep to relevant issues and procedures in evaluation; guarantee that evaluators are competent; maintain communication with faculty; use legal counsel, be consistent, and create an atmosphere of fairness. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, College Faculty, Court Litigation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Organizational Climate, Organizational Communication, Recordkeeping, Retrenchment, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Virginia