The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System requires that each institution evaluate each faculty member and administrator on an annual basis, and that the evaluation be filed in appropriate personnel files. Official job descriptions and procedures for evaluation of administrative performance for University employees at the level of director, department head, and above are kept on reserve at Frazar Memorial Library in the "Job Descriptions and Administrative Evaluations" binder. Administrators are evaluated annually by peers, supervisors, respective staffs and by persons with whom they interact in performing their administrative duties. Evaluation results are shared with the employee.
Dean and Department Head Evaluations
Deans and department heads are evaluated by faculty within the college/department as a supplement to the administrative evaluations conducted every year. This evaluation allows the faculty a voice in evaluating their indirect and direct supervisors. Evaluations are conducted during the Spring semester. Evaluation results are reviewed by the vice president for academic affairs and shared with the respective dean and the dean, in turn, discusses results with the respective department head. Deans are evaluated for job performance by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Evaluations - Non-Classified Staff
Non-classified, non-faculty personnel participate in Annual Employee Performance Appraisals. Each employee is evaluated on performance of the major job functions applicable to the job position. Each employee should discuss the performance rating with the immediate supervisor and if necessary develop plans for improving below performance requirement ratings. The employee and immediate supervisor should sign the evaluation and the next level supervisor must review and sign the performance rating. Evaluations should be placed in appropriate files.
Faculty Evaluation Policy (revised June 2007)
Revision Effective August, 2007
Faculty Evaluations (Based on University of Louisiana System Rules)
McNeeseState Universityis committed to the principle that meritorious performance in teaching, research and service should be rewarded and that faculty are accountable for their job performance. To support the MSU mission and goals related to excellence in teaching, research and service, faculty participate in the Annual Performance Report (APR) which determines level of job performance and merit ranking. Effective with the Spring 2004 APR, and in accordance with University of Louisiana System policy number FS-III.X.D-1, "faculty will undergo evaluation to ensure their academic performance is commensurate with their rank and status, and that they remain accountable for their academic performance to the university and the larger community." The APR consists of two measures for each component of teaching, scholarly/professional activity, and service. The APR measures:
1) Level of Performance, achieved as "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory," and
2) Job Effectiveness/Productivity, which is ranked among faculty in the department and college.
Level of Performance is determined by the faculty member's accountability to his/her job responsibilities and expectations as described in the MSU Faculty/Staff Handbook and college and as indicated in departmental and college guidelines. Level of Performance is independent of merit rankings Category I, Category II or Category III, which are achieved on a competitive basis. A satisfactory Level of Performance is a precondition for consideration for awarding merit pay.
APR: Level of Performance
At a minimum each faculty member must meet basic job responsibilities and expectations described in the Faculty/Staff Handbook and assigned by the department head. Failure to meet minimum expectations for effective teaching and instructional duties, scholarly/professional activity, service, and collegiality will result in unsatisfactory performance level.
Faculty are expected to be committed to excellence in teaching. In the area of teaching, performance level factors relating to basic job expectations include activities relating to assisting students in meeting their academic goals, meeting classes regularly, creating and following syllabi as noted in the MSU Faculty/Staff Handbook, meeting course objectives, being prepared for classes, using available technology resources to enhance instruction when appropriate, advising/ mentoring/assisting students as they progress through their academic program and college experience, and achieving appropriate student learning outcomes and student success rates, as well as other indicators of excellence in teaching and/or accreditation requirements. Student evaluation of instruction and at least 3 other components related to teaching are included in this evaluation.
Factors for consideration of performance and merit-level for scholarly/professional activity include the items indicated in the departmental or college APR. College or departmental expectations for scholarly/professional activity may address specific requirements related to accreditation or discipline specific criteria.
Factors for consideration of performance and merit level for service include the items indicated in the APR such as University, college, or departmental service on committees, as well as community work related to the discipline in which the faculty member is teaching. McNeese State University requires all members of the academic community to maintain an atmosphere of collegiality.
APR: Job Effectiveness/Productivity (Merit, Promotion and Tenure)
The APR is conducted each Spring and is based on the previous calendar year's job performance (Spring, Fall). The APR is the basic evaluation for decisions concerning merit pay, promotion, and tenure. Department heads combine quantitative and qualitative data to arrive at APR scores which are ranked relative to peer performance in the department and/or college. (Qualitative data may include the department head's observations of work ethic and professional activities.) A copy of the APR form is available from the department head.
A faculty member must furnish his/her department head with written/documented material substantiating activities considered to be meritorious and/or indicating accountability for job expectations.
Faculty members are responsible for timely submission and accuracy of the information included in the APR. The academic calendar reflects dates for APR submission.
A faculty member may decline to participate in the APR for merit; however, the faculty member must state this option in writing to the department head. Any faculty member who does not participate in the merit plan must, nevertheless, be evaluated for level of job performance. Faculty who do not participate in the merit plan will not be eligible for salary increases. Faculty who do not participate in the merit plan must participate in student evaluation of instruction.
Merit category is directly related to the level of merit pay (salary increase) if merit is funded, and APR results are considered in appointment renewal, promotion, and tenure decisions.
Components for APR and Level of Performance
The APR consists of three broad categories with weighted components. Each componentshould be included when determining Level of Performance and APR score. Faculty are responsible for consulting with the department head for specific APR expectations within the department and college. The categories are:
1. Teaching (50%)
The teaching component includes previous two semester's SEI results-generally the spring and fall prior to the spring evaluation period. (New faculty hires will have one semester of SEI available.) SEI and three additional components related to effective instructional delivery must be included in evaluation of the teaching component for determining both the Level of Performance and Merit.
Level of Performance must be an indication of the faculty member's accountability for meeting University, college, and departmental expectations for academic performance and responsibilities. Faculty must be informed of the evaluation components. When APR results of one year are discussed, expectations for the upcoming evaluation period should be communicated. Level of Performance for the teaching component must be indicated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Faculty must meet basic job expectations to achieve satisfactory Level of Performance. Factors determining the Level of Performance may include:
- meeting department or college established threshold score on SEI;
- maintaining throughout the semester appropriate office hours at different times of the day on different days of the week in order to be accessible to students;
- course syllabi which include required elements according to MSU Handbook, college, or department guidelines;
- use of technology to enhance course delivery where appropriate;
- posting syllabus on Blackboard as required;
- and other duties as assigned.
Items that may be considered for Merit include but are not limited to:
- High SEI results;
- Innovative practices in teaching writing enriched courses;
- Quality Enhancement Plan activities included in instruction;
- Freshmen Foundations activities included in instruction;
- quality advising;
- examples of innovative instruction techniques or activities with positive results for student success;
- course review and summary activities;
- examples of innovative use of technology (other than web or hybrid course instruction),
- student enrollment patterns (withdrawals/trends),
- student success rates, etc.
- (APR items may be included in determining level of performance.)
2. Scholarly/Professional Activities (40%)
Elements of evaluation include documented scholarly/professional activity contributing to the discipline such as publications, presentations, or applied research. In the creative fields such as music, theatre, and art, performance and juried exhibitions are appropriate. In evaluating scholarly/professional work the department head must evaluate the quality of publications (refereed, etc.), presentations (national, regional, state, local, etc.), or juried artistic productions rather than focus solely on quantity. Professional involvement in the K-12 system which leads to documented applied research or presentation at professional meetings may be considered. Scholarly/Professional activity must include documentation indicating a contribution which advances the profession. External grants or internal Shearman Research grants selected competitively for funding should receive greater weight for scholarly/professional activity. Level of performance for scholarly productivity may be related to accreditation expectations. APR and Level of Performance expectations for scholarly/professional activities are commensurate with reassigned time and/or other components of job expectations. Faculty must be informed of the evaluation components. When APR results of one year are discussed, expectations for the upcoming evaluation period should be communicated. Level of Performance must be indicated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
3. University and Public Service (10%)
Service activities may span a broad spectrum. Faculty are expected to participate in and contribute to committee work at the departmental, college, and university level. Participation in lead roles for accreditation efforts must be considered. In addition, faculty who represent the University in their discipline-specific role in ways to contribute to university/community linkages should receive consideration for service merit. Level of Performance expectations are similar to those for the APR. Faculty must be informed of expectations for University and public service. When APR results of one year are discussed, expectations for the upcoming evaluation period should be communicated. Level of Performance must be indicated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
Weighting: Individual colleges/departments may adopt a plan that deviates from the above no more than + 10% for any category, but no category may have a factor less than 10%. The total must add up to 100%. Deans and department heads are expected to set goals and objectives for their respective units and to document faculty input for the plan adopted.
Under this plan, individual faculty members, after consultation with the department head and after receiving approval for departures from the department's guidelines, may deviate + 10% from those guidelines, providing the final factors are within the University guidelines.
The department head reviews all submitted materials and other relevant information to faculty member's job performance. The department head must indicate 1) the Level of Performance for each component, and 2). the faculty member's APR ranking in the department. The department head discusses Level of Performance and APR results with each faculty member. The department head does not assign merit level scores.
The APR is then forwarded to the dean. The dean evaluates all faculty performance and assigns merit ranking with no more than 25% of the faculty in the college in Category I, 65% in Category II, and 10% in Category III. Faculty eligible in the merit ranking include fulltime faculty (including directors/coordinators within the college) who are continuing service in the upcoming fiscal year. Academic department heads are not counted in the percentage ranking. Job performance level is independent of merit ranking and is not subject to merit ranking percentages.
Department Head APR: Deans determine merit category for the academic department heads in the college. Department heads are evaluated on a combination of elements to include administrative performance evaluation, teaching, service, and to a limited degree, scholarly activity. Department heads must be aware of the components of evaluation and expectations of their job performance.
Deans and departments heads discuss faculty merit ranking and department head merit ranking with the Vice President and President.
Department heads inform faculty of Level of Performance and the merit category assignment.
If the faculty member disagrees with any part of the department head's or dean's evaluation, a conference which will include all parties concerned within 10 days of notification of the merit category to resolve the difference.
If no resolution is reached, the faculty member may appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs within 10 calendar days of the conference held at the college level. If the faculty member does not agree with the Vice President's recommendations he/she may appeal to the Merit and Promotion Council within 10 days. The Council is appointed by the President and is composed of one tenured faculty member from each college and one from the library. The Council will forward its recommendations and all applicable information with the APR to the President, who will make a final ruling on the recommendations within a reasonable time (not to exceed 90 days).
Annual Performance Reports, which must include a statement indicating Level of Performance and merit category rank must be signed by the faculty member, the department head, and the dean. These reports are placed in departmental and college personnel files. Results of APR merit category rankings are submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Unsatisfactory Level of Performance
A minimum of two of the APR components must be satisfactory and teaching must be one of the two in order to achieve a "satisfactory level."
Action resulting from unsatisfactory review:
- After two (2) consecutive unsatisfactory regular reviews or three (3) unsatisfactory reviews in a five (5) year period, tenured faculty shall be subject to mandatory remediation. The plan for remediation should be developed by the department head in conjunction with the faculty member and dean. Non-tenured faculty or tenure track faculty will not be considered for renewal of appointment.
- If the faculty member and department head cannot agree on the plan of remediation, tenured faculty in the department will develop a plan of remediation.
- In those cases where the faculty member, department head and dean cannot agree on the plan of remediation (referred to in section 2 above), the Chief Academic Officer shall determine the final provisions of the plan based on the recommendations by the department head and tenured faculty in the department.
- If the faculty member has not achieved significant improvement in performance after a minimum of two (2) years of remediation, a recommendation for dismissal may be made.
- A recommendation for dismissal automatically will trigger a review by tenured faculty in the department. Based on all recommendations, including that of tenured faculty in the department, the Chief Academic Officer may recommend that the University President or his/her designees institute proceedings for removal for cause including proper due process.
- For any provision of this procedure that requires participation by a group or committee of tenured faculty in the department, and the number of department faculty is insufficient, tenured faculty from outside the department shall be selected to participate in the process. Appointments of faculty from outside the department require the approval of the Chief Academic Officer.
- In certain cases, the University President must exercise discretion as to whether to refer the matter of dismissal to a separate dismissal for cause. This may be done without reference to or at any time during the procedures described in the APR and determination of Level of Performance.