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Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders

ISBN: 978-1-118-11843-6
272 pages
August 2012, Jossey-Bass
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Praise for Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation

"Jeffrey Buller, a leading and respected voice in higher education, has written a truly practical and highly useful book on the increasingly important topic of faculty evaluation. This highly readable book is a 'must have/must read' book for every dean, chair, and faculty member in all institutions of higher education." —Robert E. Cipriano, author, Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success; former chair of Southern Connecticut State University's Recreation and Leisure Studies Department

"Buller has done it again. This latest book meets a never-ending need of all colleges and universities. It's the best treatment I've ever found of the critical dynamics of faculty evaluations—the associated history and philosophy, but especially how to get it right when conducting pretenure, tenure, and posttenure reviews. Every P&T committee, every chair, every dean will welcome a copy." —R. Kent Crookston, author, Working with Problem Faculty: A Six-Step Guide for Department Chairs; director of the Academic Administrative Support Program at the Brigham Young University Faculty Center

"Finally, a comprehensive volume replete with practical ideas and seasoned advice about how to effectively handle faculty performance evaluations. This author really understands the lack of preparation and confidence that most academic administrators feel when asked to function as both judge and coach. If you need concrete strategies for dealing with all aspects of the evaluation process, this book won't disappoint you. The content and case studies are right on the money."—Christine Licata, author, Post-Tenure Faculty Review and Renewal; senior associate provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Table of Contents

The Author ix

Introduction and Acknowledgments xi

Part One: The Fundamental Goals of Review and Evaluation 1

1 Th e Accountability Culture in Higher Education 3

2 Best Practices in All Forms of Review and Evaluation 23

3 Oral and Written Reviews and Evaluations 43

Part Two: Primarily Formative Review and Evaluation 65

4 Annual Performance Appraisals and Evaluations 67

5 Probationary Period Pretenure Reviews 89

6 Posttenure Review 109

Part Three: Summative Review and Evaluation 129

7 Merit Evaluations 131

8 Tenure Evaluations 151

9 Promotion Evaluations 173

Part Four: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Review and Evaluation 191

10 The Arreola Model 193

11 The Seldin Model 215

12 Incorporating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches into an Integrated Process 229

Index 249

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Author Information

Jeffrey L. Buller is dean of Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Academic Leadership Day by Day, The Essential College Professor, The Essential Academic Dean, and The Essential Department Chair, 2nd Edition

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Press Release

September 10, 2012
Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders

Faculty reviews and evaluation present one of the toughest challenges for department chairs face, especially when they are new to the job. A new chair (who increasingly may not be tenured) must go from having been a member of the faculty and on the receiving end of various forms of evaluation (both before and after tenure) to being the one who must conduct performance reviews. They must deal with and evaluate untenured and tenured (and possibly unmotivated) faculty, adjuncts, and staff.

BEST PRACTICES IN FACULTY EVALUATION help department chairs, deans, and members of evaluation committees addresses these challenges.  It shows faculty what they need to know and do when participating in reviews and evaluations. The book shows how to apply the information about performance and convey clear messages about priorities. It also reveals what professionals can do to protect themselves in cases when an appeal or grievance is likely.

It helps academic leaders understand the goals of review and evaluation, including the differences between formative and summative reviews.  Also, it shows readers how to work within their institution's system to avoid legal problems and get faculty buy in and compliance.

This hands-on, practical and up-to-date approach is a must-read for all faculty. 

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