Agenda of General Faculty meeting
12:20 PM Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Ballroom David Student Union
President Wheeler called the meeting to order at 12:23.
- Certification of graduates
Dr. Mazzarella (seconded by Dr. Mollick) move to certify the
December 2008 Graduates. Motion passes unanimously.
- President Wheeler asked for open discussion. The first issue that faculty discussed was the draft University Eval-4 criteria (available at
http://provost.cnu.edu/WebForms/DraftEval4.pdf), particularly with respect
to post-tenure review. President Wheeler said that the university eval-4
criteria will be used in post-tenure review. Some faculty, however, felt that post
tenure review has a different purpose than probationary or promotion review,
that the purpose of post tenure review is to determine if there is any reason to begin
a process to dismiss a faculty member for cause. [Note:
The Faculty Handbook states, in part, that the post-tenure "review process ...
is designed to be a helpful process aimed at
improvement." See below for more Handbook detail on scheduled and
unscheduled reviews]. President Wheeler reminded
faculty that there are two kinds of post tenure review, scheduled and
unscheduled. The review for the university eval-4 process would apply to the
scheduled 6 year review. Another faculty member was
concerned about two issues: that there are no quantities/expectations specified
for each category in the
draft, and that documenting these criteria could result in even larger dossiers.
One university eval-4 committee member felt that expectations for the categories
should be part of the departmental Eval-4. Others agreed that faculty need
guidelines for what to put in the dossier, and how to document the new criteria.
Another faculty member was concerned about the calendar this year: post-tenure
review occurs in January, but departments update their Eval-4 in March. If the
university eval-4 is intended to be used as criteria in the absence of
departmental guidelines, then post-tenure reviews will use the new university eval-4
criteria. Another faculty member felt that CNU should follow the advice of IDEA
creators at Kansas State who recommend that evaluations, in whatever category, count
no more than 30% in evaluating teaching quality.
Faculty also asked about Blackboard. Some faculty are
frustrated with basic operations such as allowing students to turn assignments
in late or entering grades, which is time consuming because a postback is done
for every single grade entry. Other faculty felt that the interface looks dated.
But Ronnie Cohen, chair of ATAC (Academic Technology Advisory Committee), said
that she has not heard of any problems, and IT Services conducted a training
session last week, and no faculty came. There was no resolution, but Professor
Cohen encouraged faculty to contact her or any member of ATAC with any concerns
related to computing.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:51.
Note about post-tenure review in the 2008-2009 University Handbook,
XII.8.b.5.g on pages 110 and 111. Scheduled post-tenure review is specified
under (2): "All tenured faculty will undergo a scheduled performance
review in the peer group format every sixth year during the spring semester
evaluation cycle.... (b) The final judgment will be satisfactory or
unsatisfactory. A satisfactory rating results in the scheduling of a new
scheduled peer review in six years. A final judgment of unsatisfactory results
in recommendations for improvement which the faculty member will address
in the EVAL-6 to be submitted at the beginning of the next fall semester
review cycle. Part f), above, specifies how continuing unsatisfactory
evaluations can place faculty into an unscheduled review.
Part f on page 111 says: "a final judgment of unsatisfactory [in a
scheduled review process] may lead to administrative sanctions, possibly
including initiating the dismissal process."
Part g on page 110 says: "The unscheduled review process has the potential to lead to
sanctions but it is designed to be a helpful process aimed at improvement and will focus
on individual faculty and not institutional needs."