Criteria, Performance Expectations, and School Procedures Relating to Faculty Excellence (Merit) Awards for TT Faculty

Merit Awards are established pursuant to the applicable TT Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, merit will be awarded across the three categories accordingly: Research 40%; Teaching 30%; Service 30%. 

The Faculty Evaluation Committee, i.e., all FT TT faculty members in the School, will award points to each faculty member for items submitted on their respective FEC forms. Based on the items listed and submitted on the FEC form, FEC will make a preliminary determination of the points to be awarded to each faculty member. This shall be completed no later than two months after the FEC forms are due. 

All faculty members will be informed about these point allocations and will have the opportunity to appeal the FEC point allocations in writing. In addition, faculty members making written appeals may also appeal in person with FEC. When FEC has considered and ruled on any appeals, FEC will make determinations for merit allocations to be awarded to each faculty member. 

These recommendations will then be provided to the Director who will make a determination of merit awards and will notify all faculty members of the determination. A faculty member will have the right to appeal the Director’s preliminary determination. This appeal will be considered by FEC, which will make a recommendation on the merits of the appeal to the Director. The final determination on merit awards will be made by the Director, and these determinations will be forwarded to the Dean.

Faculty Evaluation Committee (FEC) criteria and forms are contained below.

  1. Faculty Evaluation Committee (FEC) Criteria and Forms

    Assessment Criteria for Merit Awards 
    and Post-tenure Application Teaching Load Determinations 
    School of Peace and Conflict Studies

    Merit Awards for [Semester] 
    (Due: [Due Date])

    Faculty Member Name: _________________________________________ 



    - This Box for FEC Use Only –

    Points Granted by FEC


                                                               Initially                On Appeal               Total


    Research Scholarship                      ____________       ____________       ____________



    Teaching                                               ____________       ____________      ____________



    Service and Practice                              ____________       ____________       ____________


    1. General Information

      • Each TT faculty member in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies will complete this form at least annually, as requested by the Director or FAC. 
      • Completed forms and supporting documentation materials should be received no later than [due date]. Forms and material received after that date will be considered only if received prior to the FEC meeting to evaluate this material.  
      • Appeals may be made only over matters submitted on the original form; new items may not be added on appeal.
      • In order to be considered for merit, the faculty member must submit this form with Research, Teaching, and Service sections completed and provide documentation for items. 
      • FEC will score each faculty member’s contributions every year and FAC will subsequently apply the relevant scores for the relevant merit period in determining merit recommendations to the Director. 
      • FEC will endeavor to take into account the past practices of previous FECs. 

      Check the categories you are applying for merit in:

      Teaching        ______

      Service          ______             ­­­­­­

      Research      ______


      Form for evaluating Research, Teaching and Service and Practice can be found here.

    2. Grants Formula

      All grant proposals must be submitted.  

      Number of Grants

      Awarded in Evaluation Period



      1st Grant

      5 points

      2nd Grant

      3 points

      3rd Grant

      2 points

      4th Grant and beyond

      1 point


      In respect to magnitude of external grants awarded, add the following to the point subtotal for the specific grant:

      • 2/10th of a point (.20) for each $1,000 for the first $50,000 received. For example, a 25k grant receives 10 points (5+5=10) and a 50k grant receives a total of 15 points (5+10=15). 
      • 1/10th of a point (.10) for each $1,000 received for second 50k up to 100k. For example, a 100k grant receives 20 points (5+10+5=20). 
      • 1/20th of a point (.05) for each 1,000 between the 100,000 – 200,000 levels. For example, a 200k grant receives 20 points (5+10+5+5=20).
      • 1/50th of a point (.02) for each 1,000 between the 200,000 - 400,000 levels. For example, a 400k grant receives 24 points 5+10+5+5+4=24).
      • Total points capped at 24, no matter how large the grant is above 400,000. 
      • In the case of co-PIs and co-grantees on a grant, the relevant figure for determining grant magnitude is the amount of the grant accruing to the SPCS faculty member.