Evaluation of Teaching | Kent State University

Evaluation of Teaching

The following criteria will be used to grant merit for teaching:  course evaluations, teaching awards, research training and education of graduate students and undergraduates, and pedagogical innovation.  

A.    Course Evaluations

Meritorious teaching will be awarded on the basis of SSIs.

1.    SSIs:  To be eligible for merit in teaching, a faculty member must be at or above the mean for the sum of items 7-16 of SSIs (averaged across all courses taught by eligible faculty during merit period).  If threshold is met, merit points will be awarded based on the following performance tiers.  No merit points for teaching will be awarded to faculty who do not perform above the 50th percentile.

Tier I:Outstanding

  1.  

Tier II:Above Average

  1.  

Tier III: Average

  1.  

Points:  Tier 1 = 120; Tier 2 = 80; Tier 3 = 50.
    B.        Teaching Awards
        
Merit will be granted to faculty who earned teaching awards during the merit period.  Examples of teaching awards include (but are not limited to):  Distinguished Teaching Award, University Teaching Council Award, Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, Department Teaching Award (such as Outstanding Mentorship to Graduate Students) and Professional Teaching Awards (conferred by ASA or SWS, for example).  Points will be awarded on the basis of the prestige and competitiveness of the award.
 
a.    National Professional Teaching Award (e.g. ASA Distinguished Contributions in Teaching Award, ASA Carla B. Howery Award, ASA Hans O. Mauksch Award, ASC Lifetime Teaching Award):
Points: 200
b.    Kent State University Distinguished Teaching Award
Points: 100
c.    Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist or other university or college teaching award
Points:  50
d.    College of Arts and Sciences and all other teaching awards:
e.    Points: 50-10 – Dependent on the selectivity of the award and level

C.        Mentoring of Graduate Students and Undergraduates

Graduate Students
Merit will be awarded to faculty who demonstrate excellence in the mentoring and training of graduate students.  Points will be awarded to faculty who: aid in thesis and dissertation completion, and support the professional socialization of graduate students at meetings and conferences.  Please note that no points will be assigned for writing letters of recommendation.

a.    Thesis and Dissertation Completion:  Faculty will be awarded merit points for serving on a thesis or dissertation committee, as either chair or committee member.  Merit points are awarded only after the student completes the thesis or dissertation (assuming this falls within the merit period).  No points will be awarded to faculty serving on “in-progress” theses or dissertations.
Points:
a.    Dissertations: Chair = 60; Co-Chairs = 30 each; Members = 5; Graduate Rep. = 2
b.    Masters: Chair = 20; Co-Chairs = 10 each; Members = 3
c.    Honors Thesis: Chair = 8; Member = 3

b.    Faculty will receive merit for supporting the professional socialization of graduate students at meetings or conferences.  Meritorious activities include (but are not limited to):  presenting with graduate students at conferences or organizing panels or sessions at meetings with graduate students mentoring students on the job market and successful placement of a graduate student.
 
Points: 2 points for each activity (these points are in addition to points that are granted for actual presentation of papers, etc.).  Maximum number of points for this activity any Academic Year is 10 points.

Undergraduate Students
Merit will be awarded to faculty who demonstrate excellence in the mentoring of undergraduates outside of the classroom.  Examples include:  working with a McNair Scholar, or co-presenting papers at regional or national conferences (NCSA, for example).  Please note that no points will be awarded for writing letters of recommendation.
 
Points: 2 points for each activity (these points are in addition to points that are granted for actual presentation of papers, etc.  Maximum number of points for this activity any Academic Year is 10 points.

D.        Pedagogical Innovation

Merit will be awarded to faculty who can demonstrate development and implementation of teaching innovations in the classroom.   Meritorious activities include (but are not limited to):  experiential/ service learning, “flipping” courses, or new use of course technology (e.g. clickers).  Major revisions of courses previously taught will be considered for merit, but faculty must demonstrate that the changes constitute more than a simple change in textbook or course design.   

Points: up to 10 points for each development.  Awards committee will evaluate the magnitude of the innovation.  Maximum number points for this activity for any Academic Year is 30.