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Faculty Governance

Policy Title
General Standards for and Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness, Scholarship, and Service
Policy Description
Faculty are evaluated in the three categories of Teaching Effectiveness, Scholarship and Professional Recognition, and Professional Service and Academic Responsibility. Evidence of sustained growth and development in all three areas is expected. Because teaching is the primary responsibility of all faculty members, evidence of effective teaching is expected for tenure and for promotion. Because scholarship and professional recognition are essential to the mission of the University, evidence of sustained scholarly activity and continuing scholarly commitment must be provided for tenure and for promotion. Because faculty should be contributing members of the University community and, where appropriate, the community at large, evidence of service is expected.

While quantifiable data (numerical items from student evaluations, number of papers published, number of committee memberships, etc.) are important, decisions about tenure and promotion must ultimately rely on sound professional judgment of colleagues.

The general main standards and evidence remain constant throughout the five levels of institutional evaluation: pre-tenure, tenure, post-tenure review, promotion to associate professor, and promotion to professor. For individual college standards and evidence, contact the department chair or dean.
Policy Procedures
1. Teaching Effectiveness

Teaching is the primary responsibility of faculty at Winthrop University. Teaching involves communicating knowledge to students and fostering in them the intellectual curiosity necessary to continue the quest for knowledge. The effective teacher exhibits a sustained concern for teaching which is reflected in teaching materials, classroom performance, academic advising, critical evaluation of students, and adequate preparation of students for later undergraduate and/or graduate work. Course materials should be well-conceived, well-organized, and well-written. Students should be exposed to current scholarship or research in the field, if appropriate. Student evaluations should be consistently good. A teacher should be prepared to provide sound advice to students and to newer colleagues on academic matters.

Evidence may include, but is not limited to:

• annual reports
• conference presentations and/or publications relating to pedagogy
• continuing course/curriculum development
• evidence of availability to students; e.g., mentoring, out-of-class contact
• observation of other teachers
• peer review
  -self-analysis of teaching 
 -student outcomes/performance
• student ratings
• survey data; e.g., from former students
• syllabi, tests, handouts
• statements supporting teaching effectiveness

2. Scholarship and Professional Recognition


Scholarship and professional recognition are essential to a professor's ability to carry out the University's educational mission. For scholarship and professional recognition to be counted, it must be related to the faculty member’s area of teaching. Scholarship and professional development involve various activities which increase the faculty member's knowledge and which exemplify scholarly or artistic expertise. They include, but are not limited to, contributions to the discipline, creative activities in practice and performance in the fine arts, research in pedagogy, and appropriate studies within and outside one's specialties. The professional educator undertakes research in order to produce scholarly or creative works, to maintain currency in the content of courses taught, and to improve pedagogical techniques. The professional educator sustains professional contact with colleagues and engages in continuing professional activities to upgrade and augment existing skills or develop new ones.

Evidence may include, but is not limited to:

• academic journal articles
• chairing or serving as a discussant on a panel at professional meeting
• chapters in scholarly books
• conducting professional workshops, seminars, and field trips
• conference papers, workshops, and presentations
• creative literary and artistic works and other creative works
• creative scholarly activity
• draft manuscripts
• edited books and journals
• funded grant proposals
• invited or juried exhibits, concerts, performances, presentations, etc.
• participating in professional meetings, seminars, workshops, field trips, etc.
• patents
• published bibliographies
• professionally published scholarly books
• proprietary consulting
• receiving fellowships, grants, and awards
• refereed electronic publications
• review essays
• reviewing manuscripts for journals and publishers; evaluating proposals for granting agencies
• reviews of candidate's books, performances, etc.
• scholarly reviews by the candidate of books performances, etc.
• serving as a professional consultant
• serving as an officer or member of a board or committee of an international, national, regional, or state professional organization
• serving on an editorial board of a scholarly journal
• technical reports
• textbooks, workbooks, study guides, gallery guides, and other published pedagogical materials
• undertaking post-terminal degree studies
• statements attesting to the value of the candidate's scholarly activity and/or involvement

3. Professional Service and Academic Responsibility
Service to the University and/or community falls within the responsibilities of a faculty member and is essential to the fulfillment of the University's responsibilities to the academic community and to the attainment of institutional goals. Each faculty member should demonstrate willingness to accept faculty assignments and carry out his/her duties in a professional, ethical and collegial manner that enhances the purpose of the institution.

Evidence may include, but is not limited to:

• academic advising
• adviser to student organizations
• candidate's narrative of service activities
• colleague statements on service activities
• non-academic advising
• other community service
• service to the University through University, college anddepartment committees, task forces, and/or special assignments
• work with community, state, regional, national, orinternational organizations using professional expertise
• statements attesting to the candidate's professional serviceand fulfillment of academic responsibility

Policy Author(s)
Academic Affairs
Effective Date
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