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Evaluating Performance of Full-Time NTT Faculty with Instructional Appointments

While acknowledging the varied contributions and responsibilities of Full-Time NTT Faculty members, classroom instruction is the principal responsibility. As such, the goal in either level of performance review (i.e., Full or Simplified) for those Full-Time NTT Faculty members whose primary appointment is instruction is to document excellence in teaching. The School defines and evaluates teaching by the broadly used term scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), which can be conceptualized as “scholarly inquiry into adult learning (pre-service and in-service) that which advances the practice of teaching by sharing this research publicly.” The scholarship of teaching and learning involves constant reflection regarding  the process and outcomes of teaching and learning; and, acknowledges the contextual nature of teaching.

Faculty practicing the scholarship of teaching and learning focus on change as they develop their practice through a cycle of action, reflection, and improvement. Therefore, evidence of teaching effectiveness is demonstrated through constant reflection, change in practice, and improvement.

For a Full Performance Review of Full-Time NTT Faculty with Instructional appointment, the candidate demonstrates competence in the SoTL, at a minimum, using the following required items:

  • Narrative statement that provides a self-evaluation of teaching performance during the period under review, as well as the candidate’s demonstration of reflective teaching efforts that reflect consideration and modification of teaching practice based on data and feedback;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Course syllabi for courses taught during the period under review;
  • Sample course materials for course taught during the period under review;
  • One peer review of teaching for each year during the period under review; and
  • Evaluation summaries of Student Surveys of Instruction (SSI) for all courses taught during the period under review, including both numerical data and student written comments.

At the candidate’s discretion, the Full Performance Review file may include other materials including but not limited to:

  • Evidence of instructional effectiveness through pre- and post-testing of objectives on basic data sheets (beyond exams and projects);
  • Formative and summative feedback related to aspects of instruction (not captured within official SSI);
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Formal and/or informal reviews of teaching by students, self, and/or peers who are considered experts in andragogy;
  • Overview of the candidate’s performance of other responsibilities, if any (e.g., student advising, program advising, supervising field experience students, etc.);
  • New course development during the period under review;
  • Involvement in the University Teaching Council;
  • Involvement in the Center for Teaching and Learning (i.e., teaching scholar's program and/or learning communities);
  • Involvement in establishing a meaningful line of inquiry around effective teaching practices; and
  • Incorporation of evidence-based instructional strategies

For a Simplified Performance Review of Full-Time NTT Faculty with Instructional appointment, the candidate demonstrates competence in the SoTL, at a minimum, using the following required items:

  • Narrative statement that provides a self-evaluation of teaching performance during the period under review, as well as the candidate’s demonstration of reflective teaching efforts that reflect consideration and modification of teaching practice based on data and feedback;
  • Current curriculum vitae; and
  • Evaluation summaries of Student Surveys of Instruction (SSI) for all courses taught during the period under review, including both numerical data and student written comments.

At the candidate’s discretion, the Simplified Performance Review file may include other materials including but not limited to the aforementioned materials.