Student Evaluation of Instruction

Approved by the Faculty January 10, 2005 at Faculty Senate and February 17 at General Faculty Meeting. Approved by the Provost February 7, 2005.

Applies to all full-time and part-time faculty who are not represented by collective bargaining. Faculty in the SOM and SOPP are excluded.

All faculty members shall be evaluated in each teaching semester and at least once each calendar year in each different course taught using an approved University Student Evaluation of Instruction form. The University Administration shall solicit input from the Non-Bargaining Faculty Affairs Committee on all changes to the form before they are finalized.

All information both numerical and comments portion will be sent to the faculty member and the Department Chair/Dean.

The evaluation should be administered at the end of the semester, preferably in the fourteenth week but no earlier than the thirteenth week. Ample time should be given during class time for a student volunteer to administer the evaluation. The faculty member shall not comment upon the evaluation, administer it or be present during its administration.

If a faculty member believes that there are compelling reasons why an evaluation of a specific course in a given semester should not be considered in evaluation decisions, he or she may submit a written request for exclusion to the Department Chair/Dean. The Chair/Dean shall respond to this request in writing. Both the request and the Chair's written response shall be kept in the department or college office.

The University recognizes 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. Therefore, the Chair/Dean shall consider additional factors besides such numerical scores in evaluating a faculty member's teaching. Consequently, low/high numerical scores that are below/above department/college averages do not confirm ineffective/effective teaching.