Laney College

Faculty Classroom Observation Evaluation

Faculty Classroom Observation Evaluation

Faculty members play a key role in evaluating their peers.  Through the joint effort of faculty and administration, the district achieves the goal of promoting quality education and having a highly qualified professional staff.

Evaluation of part-time and tenured faculty is a four-part process which involves self-evaluation, faculty/classroom observation/evaluation, administrative evaluation, and student evaluation. Together, these four evaluations plus the summary report form the complete evaluation.  In order to be considered for full-time permanent employment, part-time faculty members need to have completed the evaluation process.

Part-time faculty will be evaluated within the first year of employment. Whenever possible, this should be done during the first term of employment. Thereafter, evaluation shall be at least once every six regular semesters. Tenured faculty shall be evaluated once every three years. In the event an evaluation is negative, i.e., receiving a rating of #4 (Does not consistently meet requirements) or #5 (Does not meet requirements), more frequent evaluations may be required.

The following general criteria will be used in the faculty/classroom observation/evaluation:
1. Expertise in subject matter or professional field.
2. Effectiveness in carrying out duties in instruction.
3. Effectiveness of communications with students, and if applicable, staff.
4. Behavior consistent with AAUP Code of Ethics, Title 5 and the Ed. Code.

Student Evaluation

The purpose of the student evaluations of instructor is to gather students’ opinions of the overall effectiveness of the instructor. Students’ confidentiality will be protected by making sure that original copies of hand-written comments are transcribed and presented to the instructor in a word-processed format.

Self Evaluation

Faculty members are expected to provide evidence of professional competence and teaching effectiveness using the self-evaluation form. The following are general criteria that will be used in the self-evaluation:
1. Appropriateness of methods in achieving objectives.
2. Knowledge of current teaching methods, materials, and trends in his/her field of instruction.
3. Successful strategies to improve student performance and retention.
4. Preparation and planning of curriculum.
5. Knowledge of recent advances in the discipline.
6. Demonstration of continued professional growth.