Faculty Handbook 2020-2021

D.4.a. Frequency

Faculty with special appointments for fixed terms of one year or less do not undergo formal evaluations. However, it is the responsibility of the department chair to monitor and assess the performance of all such Faculty in his or her department. In particular, the department chair will review student evaluations with adjunct teaching staff, and in addition, will review the mid-semester check with all classroom teachers in the first semester of teaching.

All probationary faculty and faculty with fixed-term appointments of more than two years will be evaluated during their second, fourth, and sixth years at the College. Accordingly, probationary Faculty with no prior credit toward tenure are evaluated three times prior to the tenure decision in the sixth year of appointment.

Library faculty and full-time Faculty holding ongoing special appointments as instructors are evaluated every two years through their sixth year, after which time they are evaluated on a three year cycle. Library Faculty with rank above instructor are evaluated for promotion according to the schedule appropriate to their rank. Administrative staff members who also hold ongoing special appointments as Faculty are evaluated according to the schedule appropriate to their rank and may be promoted but not tenured, unless other arrangements are made at the time of hire. If these Faculty teach at least half-time, they may stand for promotion according to the same schedule as full-time instructional Faculty. If they teach less than a half-time schedule, they are considered for promotion after a period not to exceed ten years for each rank.

In some cases, probationary Faculty with teaching experience may be granted credit toward tenure. Depending on the number of years of credit toward tenure that the Faculty member brings when joining the Faculty, the Faculty member undergoes either two or three formal evaluations before being granted tenure. No member of the Faculty undergoes more than three formal evaluations during the probationary period.

Examples: Years of credit for previous teaching - Years for formal evaluation

1 - 2nd, 5th
2 - 2nd, 4th
3 - 2nd, 3rd

Associate professors are evaluated on a three-year cycle, with the expectation that they stand for promotion to full professor in the second three-year evaluation with the promotion to take effect the following year. Faculty are considered for promotion only during their regularly scheduled evaluations. Exceptions in unusual cases can be requested from the Committee on Faculty through the appropriate Area Chair.

Full professors are evaluated on a five-year cycle.