Inside Higher Ed
January 26th, 2015
Most professors’ workloads don’t look like they did even 10 years
ago, but institutions still largely evaluate faculty members by the
age-old teaching-scholarship-service model. So what would happen if
faculty members were assessed for the work they actually did, rather
than by a system that wrongly assumes all faculty work is created equal?
And is there a way to make the whole evaluation process more
meaningful? These questions were the focus of a session here Friday at
the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and
The session, called “Supporting Student Learning Through Holistic
Faculty Evaluation,” was sponsored by the New American Colleges and
Universities, a consortium of small to midsize private institutions.
Some 16 member colleges and universities participated in a Teagle
Foundation-funded project to improve and individualize the evaluation of
faculty work, develop “holistic” department models, and advance the
consortium’s focus on integrating professional studies and the liberal
arts. The New American Colleges is working on a forthcoming monograph
about the project, and faculty and administrators from two participating
institutions – Valparaiso University and Sage Colleges – shared their
experiences so far.