Faculty Evaluation

Post-Tenure Review


SUBJECT:

Comprehensive Performance Evaluations of Tenured Faculty Members and Faculty Members Who Receive an Academic Promotion (Post-Tenure Review)



DATE OF LAST REVIEW:

June 2015



PURPOSE

The purpose of this Operating Policy/Procedure is to establish uniform guidelines and procedures in the College of Human Sciences for comprehensive performance evaluations of tenured faculty members and faculty members who receive an academic promotion. The policy is consistent with Texas Tech University Operating Policy 32.31.




REVIEW

This policy will be reviewed when there are changes to the University Policy.

Related Ops or other documents: OP 32.31, OP 32.02, and the Texas Education Code



POLICY

This policy establishes uniform guidelines and procedures in the College of Human Sciences for comprehensive performance evaluations of tenured faculty members and faculty members who receive an academic promotion. The policy is consistent with Texas Tech University Operating Policy 32.31, adopted August 5, 1998 to conform to VTCA, Education Code Section 51-942, which requires comprehensive performance evaluations at least once every six years after the date the faculty member is granted tenure or receives an academic promotion.

Inasmuch as all faculty members covered by this policy are subject to rigorous evaluation prior to receiving tenure and/or promotion, there is an assumption that they continue to be competent in their professional responsibilities. Therefore, the burden of proof in establishing a pattern of incompetent performance requiring revocation of tenure lies with the academic unit, the College, and the University.




PROCEDURE

Notice of the comprehensive performance evaluation shall be given to the faculty member involved in September, the evaluation shall begin no earlier than February 1 and be completed no later than May 1, all in the same academic year. The evaluations shall be directed toward the professional development of faculty members, using the following procedures.  A summary timeline is available.

The comprehensive performance evaluation shall be based on the professional responsibilities of the individual faculty member in teaching, research, service, collegiality, and administration (when applicable) and shall include peer review. For the purposes of this policy, collegiality is defined as follows:

"Cooperative interaction among colleagues" Random House Webster's Dictionary (1993)

And

"The capacity to relate well and constructively to the comparatively small bank of scholars on whom the fate of the university rests." Mayberry v. Dees, 633 F.2d at 514.

In considering collegiality as a role in a faculty evaluation system, care must be taken not to couch the discussion in terms of whether the person fits into the existing group or has a disagreeable personality, lifestyle, personal habits, or values. Rather, collegiality will be considered in terms of its effect on the professional productivity of colleagues.

2. The Post-Tenure Review Committee for each department is comprised of three tenured faculty members in the department and one tenured faculty member from another department in the College. Departmental members of the Post-Tenure Review Committee are elected by the tenured and tenure-track faculty in the department. To the degree possible, department faculty members serving on the Committee should represent all programs in the department. Non-departmental Post-Tenure Review Committee members and two alternates for each department are drawn by lot from a pool of all tenured faculty members in the other departments in the College. The drawing will take place at a meeting of the Administrative Council. If a faculty member being evaluated objects to the non-departmental representative selected, an alternate will serve (the candidate is limited to striking one non-departmental member).

Department chairs are not eligible to serve on the Post-Tenure Review Committee. A faculty member who currently is on a development program, as specified in OP 32.32, Section 5, may not serve on the Post-Tenure Review Committee. Faculty members may not serve on the Post-Tenure Review Committee for their department during the year they are being evaluated. Committee members serve one-year terms but may be re-elected.

3. Materials to be provided by the faculty member for consideration by the Post-Tenure Review Committee include a vita covering the previous six years, annual performance reviews (including annual faculty report, chairperson's evaluation, and faculty member's response, if any) conducted under the terms of OP 32.32 for the period since the previous comprehensive performance review or promotion-tenure decision, a one-page statement of the faculty member's goals for future performance, and additional documentation which the faculty member deems relevant to the comprehensive performance evaluation. University policies allow the faculty member being evaluated to include as much additional documentation as he or she wishes, although it is envisioned that these additional materials will usually consist of two pages or less.

4. The Department Chair convenes the Committee and gives them their charge. The Committee reviews the materials and meets to discuss the materials and formulate its evaluation. When the Chair is being reviewed, the Dean or designee acts in the role of the Chair. The Chair's vote is separate from the department vote.

5. (a) The Review Committee will vote on ballots. These ballots will be attached to the Committee report and forwarded to the Chair. The report of the Review Committee shall consist of a finding of competent or incompetent. A finding of incompetence should reflect a long-term pattern of incompetent performance during the six-year period, rather than a short-term lapse in publication, weak teaching evaluations in a few instances, or other short-term variations in performance. The basic standard for evaluation is whether the faculty member under review conscientiously discharges with professional competence the appropriate duties associated with his or her position, not whether the faculty member meets the current standards for tenure, as those standards might have changed since the initial granting of tenure. A finding of incompetence must be well-documented.

(b) The Report of the Post-Tenure Review Committee is presented to the members of the tenured faculty in the department, who vote by ballot to accept or reject the report. If the candidate has been deemed incompetent by the Post-Tenure Review Committee, the full set of materials from the review automatically go to the entire tenured faculty for their consideration before voting. If the candidate has been deemed competent, a voting tenured faculty member can view the materials upon request. After the vote by the tenured faculty, the results are given to the faculty member for comment. At this point the faculty member may make a written rejoinder.

(c) The Department Chair indicates competent or incompetent; he or she is required to add comments if the evaluation is of incompetence.

(d) The Report of the Post-Tenure Review Committee, the vote of the department tenured faculty, the faculty member's rejoinder, if any, the Department Chair's comments, and faculty materials are forwarded to the Dean.

(e) The Dean indicates competent or incompetent; he or she is required to add comments if the evaluation is of incompetence. The Dean reports the results to the Provost.

3. Due Process and Rights to Appeal

The comprehensive performance evaluation process incorporates commonly recognized academic due-process rights, as specified in the Texas Tech University Tenure Policy. Due-process rights include notice of the timing, manner, and scope of the evaluation and, before a faculty member may be subject to disciplinary action on the basis of a comprehensive performance evaluation conducted under this policy, notice of specific charges and the right to a hearing on those charges. In all such cases the burden of proof shall be on the University. In the case of a disputed peer review, the faculty member may request that additional reviews in writing be solicited from no more than three specialists in the faculty member's area of teaching and/or research who are not members of the academic unit. The outside reviewers will be selected by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the administrator of the academic unit responsible for the evaluation. The specialist reviews shall be included with the evaluation materials that are forwarded to the responsible academic dean, the University Provost, and the President and shall be considered in any administrative action that results from the comprehensive performance evaluation process.

4. Actions

A faculty member deemed incompetent may be placed in a development program as specified in OP 32.32, Section 5, receive other appropriate disciplinary action, or be subject to revocation of tenure if incompetency, neglect of duty, or other good cause is determined to be present. If termination is recommended as a result of the comprehensive performance evaluation, the faculty member shall be given the opportunity of referral of the matter to a non-binding alternative dispute resolution process as in Chapter 154 of the Civil Practices Code or another agreed upon dispute resolution method. Termination will be pursuant only to conditions of the termination procedure specified in OP 32.02.

5. Application

The comprehensive post-tenure review process may not be waived for any tenured faculty member of Texas Tech University unless they are retiring or resigning at the end of the applicable academic year.

6. Policy Approval and Review

This policy shall be approved by majority vote of the voting faculty in the College of Human Sciences. The policy will be reviewed every three years by the College Faculty Council.

Note: OP 32.31 states that these procedures shall be agreed upon by a majority of the voting members of the academic unit (2.b.). "Voting faculty," as defined in the Faculty Senate Constitution, includes all persons under full-time contract who have completed a residence of one year at Texas Tech University and who are tenured or hold appointments that make them eligible for tenure. For the purposes of this policy, voting faculty members must be tenured.




FORMS USED

TTU OP 32.31 Comprehensive Performance Evaluations of Tenured Faculty Members and Faculty Members Who Receive an Academic Promotion

Notification

Summary Timeline

TTU OP 32.32 Performance Evaluation of Faculty

Flowchart

TTU OP 32.02 Faculty non-reappointment, Dismissal, and Tenure Revocation Promotion and Tenure Standards and Procedures

Post-tenure Committee Ballot

Report of Post-Tenure Committee

Post-tenure Faculty Ballot



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