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Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching
12.1 All Members of the Bargaining Unit shall be evaluated in each teaching semester and at least once each academic year in each different course taught using a University Student Evaluation of Instruction form approved by the University and the AAUP-WSU. Such agreed upon forms are the only instrument for the University to collect anonymous student feedback on the individual teaching performance of a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member to be used for annual evaluation, promotion and tenure or any other matter pertaining to terms and conditions of employment.
12.1.1 All information from these evaluations will be sent to the Member’s Department Chair.
12.1.2 In Section 12.1.1, for Members with joint appointments, the Department Chair refers to the Member’s “primary” department as defined in Section 11.1.
12.1.3 When a Member teaches a course outside the Member’s department (meaning “primary” department for Members with joint appointments), information specified in Sections 12.1.1 will be sent first to the Chair of the department (or Director of the program) that offers the course, who reviews the information and then forwards it to the Chair of the Member’s department, who reviews the information and arranges for it to be maintained.
12.2 The Bargaining Unit Faculty Member shall not comment upon the evaluation, administer it, be present during its administration, collect evaluations from students, or return evaluations to the department or college office.
12.2.1 A student evaluation of instruction form will normally be administered during the last week of class; or at the end of the unit of instruction for Bargaining Unit Faculty in the School of Medicine or other team taught classes.
12.2.2 To the extent permitted by law, Deans, Department Chairs and Bargaining Unit Faculty will restrict access to student evaluation forms to those persons who have a need to view the information. No student worker will be assigned to type comments from the forms if she or he is enrolled in a class taught by a faculty member from that department.
12.3 Should a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member believe that there are compelling reasons why an evaluation of a specific course in a given semester should not be considered in evaluative decisions, he or she may submit a written request for exclusion to the Department Chair. The Chair shall respond to this request in writing. Both this request and the Chair’s written response shall be appended to the Member’s annual evaluation.
12.4 The University and the AAUP-WSU recognize that student evaluations of teaching are important indicators of teaching effectiveness, but numerical scores from these evaluations alone neither confirm nor deny an individual’s effectiveness. Thus, the Chair shall consider additional factors besides such numerical scores in evaluating a Bargaining Unit Faculty Member’s teaching.
12.4.1 Low numerical scores or scores that are below college or department averages do not confirm ineffective teaching. Additional measures are needed to determine the Bargaining Unit Faculty Member’s teaching effectiveness.
12.4.2 High numerical scores or scores above college or department averages do not confirm effective teaching. Additional measures are needed to determine the Bargaining Unit Faculty Member’s teaching effectiveness.
12.5 Any modification of the Student Evaluation of Instruction Form shall be approved by both the University and the AAUP-WSU.
The parties reached tentative agreement on this article, and they initialed the TA'd article on July 30, 2013.
The administration's proposal differs from the existing CBA for tenure-eligible and tenured (TET) faculty in a significant way. For tenured faculty, numerical data from the student evaluation forms goes only to the faculty member, but the administration's proposal provides this protection for no NTE faculty.
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