Task Force - Faculty Workload and Evaluation

Task Force - Faculty Workload and Evaluation


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Dean’s Office Liaisons: Mark Riley, Lance Perez and Lily Wang

  • Shannon Bartelt-Hunt (CIVE) = Chair
  • Chris Bourke (CSE)
  • Bruce Dvorak (CIVE/BSE)
  • Ned Ianno (ECE)
  • Gustavo Larsen (ChBE)
  • Jung Yul Lim (MME)
  • Erica Ryherd (DSAEC)
Identify best practices in the college for allocating faculty time to teaching, research, and service activities (PLANNING), documentation of accomplishments (REPORTING), and review of productivity (EVALUATION).  Outcome should be clear goals of policy and procedures that recognize QUALITY of activities.  

For example, with service roles, participation on a committee is one level, while leading the accomplishment of a committee activity is another.  Recognizing diversity in disciplinary norms, identify what a high level of activity (in research, teaching, service) looks like.

Things to consider:
Faculty activities have become increasingly complex with duties that incorporate necessary roles for operating an effective College of Engineering. The processes used to assign faculty workload, for encouraging faculty to take on additional leadership activities, and for yearly evaluations should reward excellence, encourage impact, and facilitate teamwork and inclusion. The expectations of productivity have changed over the past 20 years even though some faculty were hired into positions that required teaching 4-5 courses each semester.

While the task force discussion should not be driven by quantitative measures, discussion should include: fundamental assumptions of teaching load and apportionment especially since no two courses require the same faculty time and effort; support of faculty leadership roles; team based activities; and on approaches to recognize impactful activities.

Develop a framework for building guidelines for COE departments in PLANNING, REPORTING, and EVALUATION of faculty accomplishments.