It is important that UT Martin has a faculty evaluation procedure that correctly, consistently, and continually evaluates all of our faculty. Towards this end, in 2018 the campus established faculty experts in every discipline, organized into five college faculty evaluation committees and one campus-wide faculty evaluation committee (cFEC). Every department was asked to develop roles and expectations for their faculty, and the committees worked to create a new, campus-wide faculty evaluation system that would provide consistent faculty evaluation ratings while remaining flexible enough to honor the individual strengths and interests of each faculty member. At all levels this work was faculty-led.
The new faculty evaluation process that resulted from this process will be beta-tested in 2018-19. This process is outlined in the draft Faculty Evaluation Guidebook.
This Guidebook has two parts. The first part (and the majority of the text) describes the annual evaluation plan. The far smaller second part (overseen by the Faculty Senate’s Personnel Policies Committee) will describe miscellaneous evaluation activities in far greater detail than belongs in the Faculty Handbook. As departments beta-test this process during the 2018-19 academic year, we expect to heavily modify this Guidebook.
As part of the beta-test, and in preparation for campus-wide implementation, departments and colleges will need to hold in-depth discussions on the three roles of a faculty member: teaching, research, and scholarship. Departmental and college expectations for each of these roles will need to be written and shared among the faculty in those respective units. To assist with this process, the campus-wide committee has developed a set of calendars to provide structure to this process:
To provide consistent student ratings of teaching, UT Martin has adopted the ETS Sir II student ratings instrument. For more information about this instrument, please see https://www.ets.org/sir_ii/about.
If you have questions or comments about this process, please contact your college representative on the campus-wide committee (see the current membership listed in the "Committees and Beta Groups" tab above) or the Faculty Evaluation Coordinator, Julie Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) .