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Last updated 3/7/06  
Person responsible for report: Thom Brooks
3.7.2 The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status.
 
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Narrative: Southwestern Community College adheres to its published policies and procedures for regularly evaluating the effectiveness of each faculty member. These policies and procedures apply to all College faculty, regardless of contractual status. Full-time faculty are employed with annual contracts (1), and adjunct faculty have semester contracts. The North Carolina Administrative Code prohibits a tenure system in state community colleges.

The College’s Evaluation of Performance policy requires an annual performance assessment be conducted of all full-time faculty and staff (2). The Evaluation Procedure (3) specifies that performance be assessed for full-time, part-time/adjunct, and probationary faculty. The procedure identifies student opinion surveys and direct supervisor assessment as the primary means for faculty performance evaluation. Faculty and academic administrators use results of these evaluations as indicators of the quality of instruction at the College and as the basis for assuring the continuous improvement of faculty performance.

The Faculty Evaluation procedure requires that full and part-time faculty performance be assessed each semester through student opinion surveys. At least two courses taught by each full-time instructor and at least one course taught by each part-time instructor are surveyed. Students in seat-based courses are surveyed using the Student Opinion Survey form (4), and students in online courses are surveyed using the Distance Learning Course Evaluation form (5). Faculty are provided with the survey results for their courses at the conclusion of each semester. Copies of faculty student opinion survey results are maintained in each of the three academic division offices (Arts and Sciences, Career Technologies, and Health Sciences). A verification of College records indicates that course surveys are completed for faculty (6).

Faculty performance is also evaluated directly by supervising deans/directors. Performance for full-time faculty is assessed each spring semester by the supervising director/dean using the Continuous Improvement Plan for Faculty form (7). This process evaluates instruction/teaching, student interaction, collegiality, leadership, administrative responsibility, and professional development. Copies of completed forms are maintained in the academic division office and personnel files (8). Consistent with college policy (9), new full-time faculty have three periodic probationary performance reviews during their first year of employment. Probationary reviews are conducted by the supervising dean/director using the Probationary Performance Review form (10) to evaluate job knowledge, quality of work, cooperation, dependability, attendance, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills. A verification of College records indicates that current Continuous Improvement Plan and Probationary Performance Review forms are completed for full-time faculty (11).

Performance for part-time faculty is assessed each semester using the Adjunct Faculty Performance Assessment form (12). This process evaluates knowledge of subject area, quality of work, cooperation, dependability and attendance, administrative performance, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills. Copies of the completed form are maintained in the academic division office files (13). A verification of College records indicates that forms are completed for part-time faculty (14).

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1. SCC Policy and Procedures Manual, Contracts – Term, Policy 4.5 http://www.southwesterncc.edu/policies/
4.5.htm
2. SCC Policy and Procedures Manual, Evaluation Procedure, 4.6.1 http://www.southwesterncc.edu/policies/
4.6.1.htm
3. SCC Policy and Procedures Manual, Evaluation of Performance, Policy 4.6 http://www.southwesterncc.edu/policies/
4.6.htm
4. SCC Student Opinion Survey form http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-4.pdf
5. SCC Distance Learning Course Evaluation form http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-5.pdf
6. SCC Course Survey Results verification worksheet http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-6.pdf
7. SCC Continuous Improvement Plan form http://www.southwesterncc.edu/humanresources/
forms/cip-faculty.pdf
8. Examples of completed Continuous Improvement Plan forms See Confidentail file - 3.7.2-8.pdf
9. SCC Policy and Procedures Manual, Evaluation Procedure, 4.6.1, Probationary Employees http://www.southwesterncc.edu/policies/
4.6.1.htm
10. SCC Probationary Performance Review form http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-12.pdf
11. SCC Continuous Improvement Plan / Probationary Performance Review verification worksheet http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-11.pdf
12. SCC Adjunct Faculty Performance Assessment form http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-14.pdf
13. Examples of completed Adjunct Faculty Performance Assessment forms See Confidential file - 3.7.2-15.pdf
14. SCC Adjunct Faculty Performance Assessment verification worksheet http://www.southwesterncc.edu/sacs/
reports/3.7.2-16.pdf

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