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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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Jeffrey L. Buller’s newest book is designed to help department chairs, deans, and members of evaluation committees by showing them what they need to know and do when participating in faculty 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.
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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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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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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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