Recruiting, Mentoring, and Evaluating Faculty Members
Considerations in Recruiting Full-time, Tenure-eligible Faculty
A list of steps and strategies used to recruit and hire full-time faculty members
*The more thoroughly a department examines the external and internal environments, before it presents a request to fill a position, the better the case it can make for launching a search.
*Though often overlooked, the existence of a published strategy can spell the difference between success and failure. The search strategy weaves together all the succeeding steps in the process, linking them to a specific timetable. While schedule adjustments are inevitable as the process unfolds, an explicit written schedule will make it easier for adjustments to be made in ways that will keep the overall process on track.
*Once the offer is made, you may contact and sound out the candidate. A call from the chair can impress upon the candidate that the department really wants him/her to come. After all, it is the department that will be the person’s future “intellectual home.”
Integrating Adjuncts into the Community Through Professional Development and Support
A look at a systematic approach to managing adjuncts that includes an orientation, eligibility for special grants, in-service activities, and an adjunct certification training program
* When Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Assistant Dean of Sciences Joseph Gadberry is hiring a part-time instructor, he seeks candidates with similar qualifications to his full-time instructors because hiring an adjunct is not necessarily a short-term staffing solution. The goal is to integrate adjuncts into the college community by having them serve on major committees, attend department meetings, and participate in the same professional development activities as full-time faculty members.
* Adjuncts at JCCC have access to all the electronic resources that fulltime faculty do: e-mail, voice mail, computers, and Listservs. They also serve on major committees like the planning council, attend department meetings and social committees, and receive recognition for their years of contribution.
* JCCC offers adjuncts the opportunity to participate in the Adjunct Certificate Training (ACT) program. The goals of this program are to make adjunct faculty members “cognizant of the college's mission; aware of policies and procedures of the academic branch; comfortable in the college's learning community; and equipped with more resources to enhance student learning in the classroom.”
Marjorie Olmstead: “Mentoring Junior Faculty”
* Make the Expectations and Criteria for Promotion Clear
* Facilitate the Acquisition of Resources to Meet these Expectations
* Give Frequent and Accurate Feedback
* Reduce the Impediments to Progress towards Promotion
Kina Mallard: “Preparing for Academic Performance Appraisal”
Help academic administrators transform the appraisal interview into a positive experience by understanding career stages, determining evaluation and professional development goals, and coaching the faculty member in how to prepare
* Faculty are typically evaluated in three areas: teaching effectiveness, research and productivity, and service to the institution and community. The chair or dean should prepare evaluation criteria in advance and share these criteria with each faculty. The criteria must align with the institutional requirements and mission.
* Determining development goals involves a process called performance mapping. Performance mapping stems from the path-goal theory of leadership. In the educational context, the chair or dean helps the faculty member determine professional goals for the future and maps a plan that guides the faculty member toward the determined goals.
* In addition to the administrator's preparation, the faculty member must also be encouraged to prepare. The chair or dean has the responsibility of coaching the faculty member for the interview. Too often faculty enter their evaluation interview unaware and unprepared. This only adds to the inherent anxiety and frustration that is experienced by both parties.
Position Analysis Process
An overview or preface to the job analysis process - why it's important and so helpful
Outline of Job Analysis - Search Strategy
An outline of a proposed set of HR related "tools" that flow from the job analysis
Adjunct Faculty Evaluations
Each department is responsible for evaluating the performance of all adjunct faculty. This document summarizes how each department handles evaluations. Please direct questions to the appropriate department chair.