Department Chairs are responsible for evaluating all faculty members, full time or part time, who participate in departmental programs, credit or noncredit.  Policy 152.2, “Evaluation of Faculty,” states that Furman University uses evaluations of faculty members as a basis for decisions concerning salary increases.  In conjunction with other pertinent data, evaluations are also used in decisions about promotion, tenure, renewal of contract, nonrenewal of contract, or termination.  Each faculty member should be evaluated regularly on the bases of teaching effectiveness, professional activity, and institutional service. The Chair’s evaluation (Part II of the Faculty Evaluation Form) should be shared with the faculty member.  The faculty member should be given a chance to meet with the Chair to discuss the evaluation.  Chairs should review annually the Faculty Status Committee’s “Evaluation of Faculty Memorandum.”  The Chair should be familiar with the following evaluation policies.

Tenured faculty evaluation: An evaluation of tenured faculty will be conducted every other year (due in September of odd-numbered years) based on the previous two contract years.  See Policy 152.2 for the evaluation procedures.

Probationary faculty evaluation
: An evaluation of untenured faculty will be conducted annually based on the previous contract year. See Policy 152.2 for the evaluation procedures.

First-year faculty evaluation: Faculty in their first year will be evaluated early in Spring term by the department Chair and Dean of the Faculty.  See Policy 152.2 for the evaluation procedures.  Be sure that the evaluation includes classroom observations by the Chair.

Part-time faculty evaluation: All part-time faculty will be evaluated by the Chair according to criteria consistent with the duties specified in their contracts.  Evaluations will be considered by the Dean of the Faculty in decisions concerning contract renewals and increases in compensation.  See Policy 157.1, “Part-time Faculty.”

Pretenure:  As described in Policy 157.4, “Probationary Appointment,” a pre-tenure review will be conducted for all probationary faculty members appointed with fewer than three (3) years of credit toward tenure. The purpose of this review is constructive evaluation of the faculty member's progress towards fulfilling the criteria for tenure. Normally, this review will occur during the third year of a probationary faculty member's employment. However, for faculty members appointed with two (2) years of credit toward tenure, this review will be conducted in their second year at Furman. No pre-tenure review will be conducted for faculty members appointed with three (3) years or more of credit toward tenure.  Procedural guidelines for conducting a pre-tenure review are found in Policies 157.4 and 158.4.

Tenure:  Policy 158.4, “Tenure,” states that a full-time faculty member on probationary appointment must be considered for tenure during the sixth year of full-time teaching with the rank of instructor or higher in four-year accredited colleges or universities. (Years of credit toward tenure are determined by the Chair and the Dean and indicated in the initial contract.) At least three of these years must have been at Furman. In those cases in which fewer than three of these years have been at Furman, the decision will be postponed until the third year at Furman. An exception shortening the required probationary period may be established as a part of one's initial appointment at Furman, but only with concurrence of the Dean of the Faculty and a majority of the tenured members of the academic department of the appointee. See Policy 158.2, “Tenure,” and Policy 157.3, “Promotion,” for evaluation procedures of tenure candidates.

Promotion: Policy 157.3 states that promotion from one rank to another is intended to recognize and encourage professional achievement on the part of the faculty member as well as to acknowledge significant service to the university. The judgment of faculty peers and administrators is an important factor in decisions on promotion. A faculty member is eligible to apply for promotion to the next higher rank when that faculty member's academic preparation, professional competence and stature, and quality and duration of service are consistent with the expectations of that rank as established in the guidelines of Policy 157.8.  Guidelines for applying for promotion are found in Policy 157.3.  If the Chair is of the same or lower rank than the promotion candidate, the Dean will appoint a Chair to preside over the promotion process.

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