ERIC Number: ED336159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-14
Appraisal of Faculty: Encouragement and Improvement in the Classroom.
Olp, Marshall; And Others
In 1989, under a mandate from both the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and its own District Governing Board, Arizona Western College (AWC) began developing an institution-wide employee appraisal plan. A 12-member faculty task force, selected to represent a cross-section of the teaching population, was charged with designing the faculty appraisal system. The task force agreed to develop a system that would help faculty improve professionally while, at the same time, assessing the performance of faculty based on established job descriptions and standards. The results would be used as one factor in determining continued employment. To develop the appraisal system, surveys were administered to faculty asking them to define the various components of their jobs, to rank each component in terms of its importance, and to identify sources of appraisal information. Based on this information, student evaluation and faculty self-evaluation forms were developed. The rating forms can be scanned and computer processed, providing division chairs with a printout on which student mean scores and the faculty self-scores for each statement are reflected. The appraisal system was piloted in spring 1991 with a randomly selected group of faculty from each division. The pilot run was not intended to provide specific information about the faculty, but rather to work out any problems in the survey form instructions, or the data collection and analysis procedures. The pilot test yielded valuable information that the task force was able to use in making revisions to the overall system, including changes in the wording on the evaluation forms, and the elimination of redundant statements. The survey forms are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Western Coll., Yuma.