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Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

 

How do we know HOW to judge an instructor’s teaching? Here’s an excerpt from the Faculty Evaluations Handbook (pp. 34-36). See the list of criteria below.

 

EVALUATION POLICY FOR PART-TIME AND TENURED FACULTY

 

PURPOSE

Evaluation of faculty is consistent with the Community Colleges’ mission of educational excellence as required by Section 87663 of the Education Code (Ed Code). The purpose of the evaluation is to benefit the faculty member through peer review. The primary objective is to evaluate the faculty member’s effectiveness in relationship to good teaching; currency in the field; department/discipline responsibilities; and effectiveness of service to students, the departments/disciplines and the college. The evaluation is the joint responsibility of the Administrative Supervisor [referred to herein as ―Vice President or designee‖] and the department/discipline faculty. The most positive effects of the evaluation will be obtained at the department/discipline level and accrue to the individual. The evaluation should recognize the accomplishments of faculty, and make recommendations for correcting deficiencies.

[This policy can only be changed or modified after consultation between the Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT) and the District Academic Senate (DAS); such changes or modifications must also be negotiated between the PFT and the Peralta Community College District (District).]

 

CRITERIA

The basis for evaluation of faculty is composed of four categories collectively containing 26 criteria for assessing performance relative to knowledge base and the ability to apply it, motivation and interpersonal skills, and professional responsibilities.

The faculty and the administration of the Peralta Community College District affirm the following definition of teaching excellence.

 

KNOWLEDGE BASE

Excellent faculty members of the Peralta Community College District, whether classroom teachers, librarians, counselors, college nurses, or serving in another capacity:

  1. Are knowledgeable about their work areas and disciplines.
  2. Are knowledgeable about how students learn.
  3. Are current in their field.
  4. Provide perspectives that include a respect for diverse views.
  5. Do their work in a well-prepared and well-organized manner.

 

APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE BASE

Excellent faculty members of the Peralta Community College District, whether classroom teachers, librarians, counselors, college nurses, or serving in another capacity:

  1. Make the material intelligible, interesting, and relevant to the students.
  2. Continually assess the teaching-learning process and modify strategies as necessary to retain student interest, stimulate independent thinking, and encourage students to be analytical.
  3. Use clear, explicit criteria, relevant to the subject matter, to evaluate students’ work fairly to ascertain effective learning of the material presented.

 

MOTIVATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Excellent faculty members of the Peralta Community College District, whether classroom teachers, librarians, counselors, college nurses, or serving in another capacity:

  1. Are committed to student success.
  2. Are enthusiastic about their work.
  3. Are committed to education as a profession.
  4. Set challenging performance goals for students.
  5. Project a positive attitude about students’ ability to learn.
  6. Treat students with respect and recognize they operate within a broader perspective beyond the classroom.
  7. Respect diverse talents and accommodate cultural and individual differences.
  8. Are available to students.
  9. Listen attentively to what students say.
  10. Are responsive to student needs.
  11. Are fair in their evaluation of student progress.
  12. Present ideas clearly.
  13. Create a climate that is conducive to learning.

 

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Excellent faculty members of the Peralta Community College District, whether classroom teachers, librarians, counselors, college nurses, or serving in another capacity:

  1. Display behavior consistent with professional ethics, as listed in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Code of Ethics, Title 5 and the Ed Code.
  2. Work collaboratively with colleagues, as appropriate. For example, contract faculty shall provide a full professional service week that includes teaching, preparation, advising, evaluation, class sign- up/enrollment, maintenance of office hours, attending meetings, and participation in the governance structure of the College and the District. For part-time instructors, professional responsibilities are those associated with the teaching assignment, such as reviewing the course outline, ensuring that the syllabus and course grading policy match college and curriculum requirements, submitting rosters, grades and syllabi on time, being responsive to communications from faculty, staff, administrators and students, and maintaining familiarity with college policies and procedures related to instruction.
  3. Maintain and expand their knowledge and skills in subject matter appropriate to their professional area.
  4. Adhere to approved course outlines, goals, and objectives.
  5. Are aware that the District expressly forbids sexual harassment of its students and employees by faculty, administrators, supervisors, staff, students or members of the general public. If an allegation of sexual harassment is substantiated, a violation of this rule may lead to personnel disciplinary actions including a letter of reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment in accordance with the California Ed Code.