This section offers a set of customizable workshops that can be used individually or together as a series to support faculty members who are being formally evaluated.
How The Workshops Were Developed
The seven workshops below were developed following a series of focus groups with faculty from three ACS campuses, divided as early career/non-tenured, pre-tenured faculty, tenured faculty (associate and recently full professors), and faculty who had served as department chairs or as members of the promotion and tenure committees. Participants were asked to share their experiences (helpful and unhelpful) in preparing for faculty evaluation; advice, support, and mentoring they received in preparing evaluations; and training they received in evaluating or mentoring other faculty. Additionally, they were encouraged to reflect on what they might have done differently and what forms of support they would like to see offered in the future. Focus group data were analyzed for common elements that transcended institutions’ idiosyncratic evaluation requirements, processes, and approaches for evaluating faculty in terms of teaching, research, and service.
The Faculty Workshops
- Cracking the myths around the evaluation process: An orientation to the evaluation process:
- Reviewing supporting materials: Teaching
- Reviewing supporting materials: Research and scholarship
- Reviewing supporting materials: Service
- Crafting a successful path forward: Professional goals and action plan
- Writing a letter of self-evaluation: the reflective narrative
- Giving and receiving feedback on materials
These workshops can be implemented in a variety of forms: as a one (or two) day intensive, as a series of interconnected workshops offered throughout a term, or as stand-alone events. Each was designed to last 90 minutes but can be tailored for shorter or longer time periods.
Each workshop includes the workshop’s goals, resources for the facilitator (that can also be shared with the participants), pre-session tasks and activities that can be assigned, an outline for the activities and topics to be covered in a 90-minute workshop, and post-session tasks and activities for consideration.
For those who offer all (or multiple) workshops, assessment questions for the overall bootcamp experience are included at the end.
Faculty Workshop I. Cracking the Myths around Faculty Evaluation: An Orientation to the Evaluation Process
This workshop guides participants in understanding the purpose of faculty evaluation, identifying local resources and requirements, and uncovering some myths and missteps in faculty evaluation.
Faculty Workshop II. Reviewing Supporting Materials: Teaching
This workshop guides participants in reviewing their collected teaching materials as they draft a statement of teaching philosophy and make sense of student feedback.
Faculty Workshop III. Reviewing Supporting Materials: Research and Scholarship
This workshop guides participants in identifying local requirements and processes and drafting a reflective statement on their research and scholarship.
Faculty Workshop IV. Reviewing Supporting Materials: Service
This workshop guides participants in reflecting on service at their institutions and drafting a statement on their service contributions.
Faculty Workshop V. Crafting a Successful Path Forward: Professional Goals and Action Plan
This workshop guides participants in reflecting on their goals and developing a plan for their future.
Faculty Workshop VI. Writing a Letter of Self-Evaluation: The Reflective Narrative
This workshop guides participants in reflecting on what they’ve produced in the previous workshops and write a reflective self-assessment.