ERIC Number: ED116560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
"Opening Up" Faculty Evaluation. Who Evaluates, How and Why.
Regional Spotlight. News of Higher Education in the South, v10 n1 Sep 1975
Because of the growing emphasis on tenure and faculty evaluation the Southern Regional Education Board conducted a survey of faculty evaluation procedures. Questionnaires received from 536 private and public institutions in a 14-state region illustrate the picture of who evaluates, how, and why. The survey showed that the department chairperson and the chief academic officer are those persons primarily responsible for evaluation. Others involved in the process at various institutions included high administrative officers, faculty committees, and students. Alumni, joint student faculty committees, or peers from other institutions are used very little in the evaluation process. The primary reason given for faculty evaluation was faculty development and improvement. Other reasons listed were to provide diagnostic information on teaching behavior and effectiveness, and to provide data on which to make decisions regarding reappointment, promotion and tenure. Evaluation is generally based on instruction, advising, administrative activities (e.g., serving on decision and policy-making committees), personal attributes, research, publications, activity in professional societies, public service, and civic activities. (JMF)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.