The Toolkit for Conversations and Considerations about Faculty Evaluation provides resources for campuses of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) interested in revisiting their faculty evaluation processes with a particular lens toward realigning those processes, as needed, with the institution’s specific mission, strategic goals, values, and commitments.
This Toolkit honors to the complexity of faculty work, the distinctiveness of institutional context, and the challenges of implementing faculty evaluation processes that are, on the one hand, robust, rigorous, and systematic, and on the other, holistic, developmental, and fair.
Campus members who oversee, implement, or support faculty evaluation processes are encouraged to explore these pages and adopt or adapt any resources to the specific needs and cultures of their specific campus.
The Toolkit was developed as a collaboration across ACS campuses during the 2020-21 academic year, with an extension during the spring and summer of 2022, as part of a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Faculty, deans, provosts, and faculty development staff from 14 of the 16 ACS campuses formed multi-institutional teams to collect data (e.g., interviews, focus groups, document analysis), review relevant scholarship, and develop resources to support effective faculty evaluation. To learn more about the grant project, the teams and campuses involved, and the development of these resources, visit the “About This Project” page.