6.3 FACULTY APPOINTMENT AND EVALUATION
The institution publishes and implements policies regarding the appointment, employment, and regular evaluation of faculty members, regardless of contract or tenure status.
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The institution’s faculty employment guidelines and procedures are documented in the hiring toolkit, A Guide to Faculty Recruitment and Selection. The document is available on the university’s intranet. The university uses a highly structured process—the PeopleAdmin system—to hire all permanent employees, including all full-time faculty. The process is supported by search committees and includes building a national pool of diverse candidates, conducting screening interviews, and finally conducting campus interviews. All faculty appointment is recommended by the relevant academic dean to the Provost, who issues the offer (example provided). All tenure-track hires are subject to the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Policy—Appendix B-2 that states the terms of the appointment, especially as they relate to earning continuing contracts, tenure and promotion in rank.
Faculty evaluations are done annually, for both tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as non-tenure-track full-time faculty and part-time faculty. All evaluations are done by the department chairs and reviewed by the academic deans. An evaluation conference is a part of the annual evaluation process, and the signed forms are filed as part of each faculty member’s record. Institutional copies are also stored in the university’s Digital Measures database. Four copies of completed evaluation forms are provided to show for (a) a tenured faculty member, (b) a tenure-track (pre-tenured) faculty member, (c) a full-time non-tenure track faculty, and (d) a part-time or non-core instructor. The evaluation criteria for tenured and tenure-track faculty are a part of the Faculty Handbook, Appendix C-2. The evaluation criteria for non-tenure-track faculty and part-time faculty are shared in the Non-Tenure-Track Policy.
Once tenure has been earned, the faculty member becomes a part of the Post Tenure Review process and the Post Tenure Review Policy applies. This is a five-year mandatory review process for all tenured faculty members in the UNC System, including those at N.C. A&T. At the end of each Post Tenure Review process, an institutional report is compiled and submitted to the UNC System office.
attached. Any faculty who does not have a successful review is required to have a developmental plan that is designed in collaboration with his or her Department Chair and approved by the Dean. Failure to meet the expectations of the plan can result in sanctions, to include beginning of the dismissal process. No faculty has been dismissed under this policy in the last ten years, but several have chosen to enter retirement, and some have successfully completed the terms of their development plan.
The institution has demonstrated that it publishes and implements policies regarding the appointment, employment, and regular evaluation of faculty members, regardless of contract or tenure status.
1. Hiring Toolkit: A Guide to Faculty Recruitment and Selection
2. Faculty Offer (Name redacted)
3. Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Policy
4. Completed Faculty Evaluation Forms (names redacted)
5. Faculty Handbook—Appendix C-2: Criteria for the Evaluation of the Faculty
9. Post Tenure Review Letters