ERIC Number: ED203814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Policies for the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty in Alabama's Public Colleges. ASHE Annual Meeting 1981 Paper.
Bolden, Samuel H.
Post-tenure faculty evaluation policies in all public four-year colleges and universities in Alabama were studied. A total of 420 tenured and nontenured full-time faculty and tenured and nontenured administrators were administered questionnaires. A total of 68.8 percent of administrator respondents revealed that they had written policies to evaluate their tenured faculty. Over 84 percent of respondents felt that there should be periodic post-tenure reviews, and 74.9 percent felt that administrators and tenured colleagues together should evaluate tenured faculty. While both administrators and faculty supported post-tenure evaluations, there was much stronger support by administrators. Ninety-one percent of respondents felt that evaluation of tenured faculty should be related to faculty development, and classroom teaching was the preferred criteria to include in any post-tenure evaluation policy. For M.A. and M.S. granting institutions, the evaluation criteria of classroom teaching, cooperation, and availability to students were strongly favored. For Ph.D. and Ed.D. granting institutions, the evaluation criteria of supervision of graduate study, research, and publication were strongly favored. Information on responses to 17 evaluation criteria derived from the literature and on 153 additional criteria suggested by respondents is presented. A review of institution-wide faculty handbooks from 12 institutions suggests that systematic, campus-wide policies or criteria to evaluate tenured faculty do not exist for four-year public institutions in Alabama. A literature review and a bibliography are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alabama; ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 3-4, 1981).