Renewal of Appointment and Third-year Full Performance Reviews of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Faculty | Computer Science Handbook | Kent State University

Renewal of Appointment and Third-year Full Performance Reviews of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Faculty

  1. Renewal of Appointment

    Appointments for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty are governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement and are made annually. Renewal of appointment is contingent upon programmatic need, satisfactory performance of previously assigned responsibilities, and budgeted resources to support the position.

  2. Third-Year Full Performance Review

    The NTT CBA provides that bargaining unit members who have received appointments for three consecutive academic years shall be subject to a full performance review during the third year of appointment before a fourth annual appointment can be anticipated or authorized. These materials should be submitted by the deadline specified in the procedures and timelines established by the University, as annually distributed through the Office of Faculty Affairs. This deadline is normally in the latter half of January.

    In accordance with recommendations in the CBA, the following guidelines are provided to assist NTT faculty in the Department of Computer Science in the preparation of the documentation to be submitted for the Three-Year Review.

    Normally, the Three-Year Review file will include the following suggested items:

    • A self-evaluation providing an assessment of the candidate's teaching during the period under review, as well as the candidate's performance of other responsibilities, if any;
    • An up-to-date curriculum vita;
    • The syllabi for courses taught during the period under review;
    • The Evaluation Summaries of Student Evaluations of Instruction (SE1) - Student Surveys of Instruction (SSI) for all courses taught during the period under review.
    • Peer reviews of instruction during the review period by at least three faculty, one of which should be a tenured or tenure-track faculty

    At his / her discretion, the NTT faculty may include other materials, such as peer reviews, which document his / her contributions during the period under review.

    The Department Chair or academic unit's review committee may modify documentation requirements as established by the academic unit. Therefore, NTT faculty are encouraged to contact the Department chair in advance of submission of materials in order to ascertain any modifications or clarifications of the guidelines above.

  3. Intermediate Performance Reviews

    The Department will conduct intermediate performance reviews of all full-time NTT faculty in those years in which a full performance review is not required by the NTT CBA. The review period will be the calendar year prior to the review date, or the time since the initial appointment if that is shorter.

    The NTT faculty member should submit the following materials by the first day of the Spring semester for this review:

    • A self-evaluation providing an assessment of the candidate's teaching during the period under review, as well as the candidate's performance of other responsibilities, if any;
    • An up-to-date curriculum vita;
    • The Evaluation Summaries of Student Evaluations of Instruction (SE1) - Student Surveys of Instruction (SSI) for all courses taught during the period under review.

    At his / her discretion, the NTT faculty may include other materials, such as peer reviews, which document his / her contributions, during the period under review.

  4. Criteria for Assessment

    The criteria for reappointment shall be based primarily on instructional effectiveness as documented by SEI / SSI and peer reviews, and by examination of course syllabi and materials. Effectiveness in administrative appointments, coordinatorships, or other duties will also be considered, where these have been assigned as part of the faculty member’s load during the three-year period.

    The period of performance to be reviewed is the three years of appointments, including that portion of the third appointment which is subject to evaluation and assessment at the time of the review. For bargaining unit members who are hired at the beginning of the spring semester, the first full academic year will be considered the bargaining unit member's first year for the purposes of the Third-Year Review as described in this Section 4 of the NTT CBA.