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Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date enacted or revised: 
December 2014

Expectations for Collegiality

Collegiality refers to behavior that is professional, cooperative and respectful in a manner consistent with being a productive citizen of the department, college, and University. Collegiality applies across instruction, research, and service, and serves as one of several criteria related to job performance level, e.g. “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” level of performance. Non-collegial behavior is that which does not meet the definition of collegiality as stated above and detracts from the productivity of faculty and staff. Respectful disagreement and infrequent/isolated incidents of discord should not be designated as non-collegial behavior. Civil discussion related to differences of opinion and diverse views are crucial to the health of any academic environment. Examples of non-collegial behavior include but are not limited to:
  • Frequently insulting other faculty members in front of students; or frequently insulting students in front of others
  • Consistently demonstrating lack of involvement in faculty meetings, university events, and employment responsibilities
  • Regularly being unwilling to offer minimal assistance to other faculty members, the department, or college when expertise, help, or advice is requested

The Evaluation Statements

The above guidelines may be helpful for completing the evaluation items indicated below. Non-collegial and/or unprofessional behaviors as indicated by the two lowest ratings are meant to identify areas for improvement. Results are not calculated in the Annual Performance Review but are considered as a component for satisfactory or unsatisfactory Performance Level. The following statements are examples indicative of the expectations for collegiality. Each Statement should be rated according to the following:
  • 4=Almost Always
  • 3=Often but not always
  • 2=Not Often or infrequently
  • 1=Almost never
  • DK=Don’t Know
For any statement marked with a one (1) or two (2), a constructive statement for improvement should be included.
  • Communicates with colleagues in a respectful manner
  • Demonstrates respect for colleagues, staff members, and students
  • Demonstrates professional behavior consistent with being a productive departmental citizen (follows department rules/policies, performs assigned tasks; completes assignments in a timely manner; provides assistance when asked)
  • Participates constructively during departmental or college faculty or committee meetings
  • Cooperates with others to meet departmental/college/University goals
  • Comments:

The Evaluation Process

Faculty participate in evaluation of collegiality every 3 years. Approximately one-third of the full-time faculty are evaluated each year for collegiality. The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness administers the evaluation process and determines the rotation for evaluating faculty. Results are shared with the faculty member, department head, dean, and provost. The results are included in the Performance Level rating.


This policy is distributed via Academic Advisory Council, Senior Staff, and the University Policy page.