Procedure 3.11.1: Faculty Development & Review

Faculty Development & Review Procedures:



Anoka Technical College is committed to continuous improvement in teaching and learning. The faculty development and review procedure is designed to provide a systematic approach to assessing professional performance and to support faculty long term professional growth and development. The faculty development and review procedure will include a classroom observation and the faculty review consultation. The consultation will consist of the following: a) The Faculty Review Form (filled out by faculty), b) The Faculty Review Form (filled out by administration), c) The Faculty Review Form (filled out during the faculty review consultation by the faculty member and administration or peer reviewer during classroom observation if this option is selected by faculty), d) Pre-Observation Form (filled out by the faculty and submitted to Academic Affairs a minimum of one week prior to the scheduled observation). e) Professional Development Plan (filled out by faculty and submitted to Academic Affairs a minimum of one week prior to the Faculty Review Consultation).

The evaluation cycle is based on a three-year rotation for Unlimited Full-Time (UFT) faculty with student course evaluations completed every semester, and a yearly schedule for Probationary Unlimited Full and Part time faculty with student course evaluations completed every semester, until the completion of their probationary status. After this status change these faculty will be included in the three-year rotation. Temporary (full and part time) and adjunct faculty will be reviewed as determined by the supervisor with student course evaluations completed every semester for every course section. Upon the request of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs or the Academic dean, off-rotation review(s) may be conducted.

Procedure:

1.  The Academic Dean will provide the evaluation materials for faculty to complete to initiate the Faculty Review. 

The forms to assist in this process are located here S:\Academic Affairs 2015 and include:

a)   The Faculty Review Form (filled out by faculty)

b)   The Faculty Review Form (filled out by administration)

c)  The Faculty Review Form (filled out during the faculty review consultation by the faculty member and administration or peer reviewer during the classroom observation if this option is selected by faculty)

d)   Pre-Observation Form (filled out by the faculty and submitted to Academic Affairs a minimum of one week prior to the scheduled observation).

e)  Professional Development Plan (filled out by faculty and submitted to Academic Affairs a minimum of one week prior to the Faculty Review Consultation).

2. The faculty will provide the office of Academic Affairs the course they choose to have the observation take place.

a.   Faculty will complete the Pre-Observation form no later than a week before the scheduled classroom observation.

b.   The supervisor will attend the faculty selected class and complete the Faculty Review with Classroom Observation form – Administrator to Complete. 

c.   The peer reviewer (if this option is selected by faculty) will attend the faculty selected class and complete the Faculty Review Form

d.   If the classroom observation was completed by a peer reviewer, the observing faculty member will discuss the report with the observed faculty member as soon as possible (no later than one month) after the observation.  After this discussion takes place, the completed Faculty Review Form will be given to Academic Affairs. A meeting with the supervisor is recommended following a peer review.

e.   No later than one month after the classroom observation the faculty will schedule the Faculty Review Consultation with their supervisor, to discuss the content and responses to the:

1)   Faculty Review Form (filled out by faculty)

2)   Faculty Review Form (filled out by administration)

3)  Faculty Review Form (filled out during the faculty review consultation by the faculty member and administration or by peer reviewer during the classroom observation if this option is selected by faculty)

4)   Pre-Observation Form (filled out by the faculty and submitted to Academic Affairs a minimum of one week prior to the scheduled observation).

5)   Professional Development Plan (filled out by faculty and submitted to Academic Affairs a minimum of one week prior to the Faculty Review Consultation).

f.    Non-probationary faculty will have the option to schedule the classroom observation to be completed by peer review.  Peer reviewers must hold non-probationary status as a faculty member.  Faculty who elect to have a peer review will have the peer reviewer selected by Academic Affairs.  The faculty member will schedule the classroom observation with the peer reviewer.  This observing faculty member will complete the Faculty Review Form and discuss the report with the observed faculty member as soon as possible (no later than one month) after the observation.  After this discussion takes place, the completed observation form will be given to Academic Affairs. A meeting with the supervisor is recommended following a peer review.

g. Administration does retain the right to choose the review method for each faculty member. Probationary faculty, and faculty with temporary full time, temporary part time, and adjunct status will have classroom observations completed by administration.



h. Faculty may request an administrator other than their supervising dean to complete their faculty review.

3. Non-teaching faculty will be reviewed, on a three year rotation, using the Employee Performance Evaluation (filled out by Administrator) & Employee Self Evaluation (filled out by employee) located at S:\Academic Affairs 2015.



4. The Faculty Professional Development Plan, which covers a three-year period, is designed to identify activities and strategies to maintain currency in credential field(s), and to establish goals to strengthen teaching and learning.



This Professional Development Plan will also include ways in which faculty will be involved in the college community. This plan will be reviewed annually by faculty. A Faculty Professional Development Plan meeting may be requested by faculty annually, if there are modifications to the individualized plan, but will generally be scheduled to coincide with the Faculty Review meeting, which is on a three year rotation.



The Professional Development Plan will outline a three –year approach and may include (but not limited to):



1. The Professional Development Plan

o A. Content knowledge and skill in the discipline/program.

Example: Professional/trade journals read. Conferences, seminars and courses the faculty intends to attend. Ways to improve knowledge in professional discipline. Learning new technology or methodologies; computer software training, writing skills workshop, communication/interpersonal relations skills training, attain professional certifications/licenses.



o B. Teaching methods and instructional strategies.


Example: Ways to improve and development effectiveness as an instructor. Classroom management, curriculum development, learning styles, on-line delivery, cultural and diversity enrichment.



o C. Study appropriate to the higher education environment.


Example: Advancement of academic credentials, researching, publishing, grant writing.

2. Contributions to Department

o Example: Developing new course, accreditation work, recruiting of students

3. Contributions to College/Community/Industry

o D. Related work experience.

Example: Connections with industry. Business/industry internships, relevant summer employment, observation or special project(s) with employers.



o E. Contributions to the College and the greater community.

Examples: Contributions to the college community i.e. faculty mentoring, club advising, active participation in Rotary, Chamber of Commerce groups, leadership in professional organizations, active participation in college committees, working with youth in academic skills development.

4. Other



(Intentionally left blank. Intended for faculty or administrator to add an item that doesn’t fit into the previous categories.)