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Evaluating Faculty Performance: A Practical Guide to Assessing Teaching,…

by Peter Seldin

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Written by experts in teaching and administration, this guideoffers practical, research-based information for faculty membersand administrators in search of new approaches for assessing andimproving faculty potential. By recognizing that faculty evaluationcan be a difficult, time-consuming, and costly process, the authorsof Evaluating Faculty Performance have distilled existingevaluation practices into useful recommendations for strengtheningthe overall system. Offering numerous suggestions for improving evaluation methods,assessing program weaknesses, and avoiding common problems, thebook Examines compelling reasons for developing effective andsystematic faculty assessment processes Discusses how to create a climate for positive change byfavoring performance counseling over performance evaluation Identifies the essential elements and best practices inassessment, while also revealing what not to do inevaluating performance Explains the value of the professional portfolio in assessmentteaching, and offers advice on how to complete a portfolio Outlines key issues, dangers, and benchmarks for success instraightforward language Included are field-tested forms and checklists that can be usedto measure faculty performance in teaching, research, and service.The suggestions for improving faculty assessment are clear andpracticable?sensible advice for strengthening a process thatis of increasing importance in higher education.… (more)
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Written by experts in teaching and administration, this guideoffers practical, research-based information for faculty membersand administrators in search of new approaches for assessing andimproving faculty potential. By recognizing that faculty evaluationcan be a difficult, time-consuming, and costly process, the authorsof Evaluating Faculty Performance have distilled existingevaluation practices into useful recommendations for strengtheningthe overall system. Offering numerous suggestions for improving evaluation methods,assessing program weaknesses, and avoiding common problems, thebook Examines compelling reasons for developing effective andsystematic faculty assessment processes Discusses how to create a climate for positive change byfavoring performance counseling over performance evaluation Identifies the essential elements and best practices inassessment, while also revealing what not to do inevaluating performance Explains the value of the professional portfolio in assessmentteaching, and offers advice on how to complete a portfolio Outlines key issues, dangers, and benchmarks for success instraightforward language Included are field-tested forms and checklists that can be usedto measure faculty performance in teaching, research, and service.The suggestions for improving faculty assessment are clear andpracticable?sensible advice for strengthening a process thatis of increasing importance in higher education.

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This book contains a wealth of material on current evaluation practices and realistic suggestions for upgrading methods and procedures. Seldin and his associates cover every aspect of the evaluation of teaching, research, and service—from gaining genuine faculty support to collecting and assessing various kinds of data—revealing what works and what does not.
Offering numerous suggestions for improving evaluation methods, assessing program weaknesses, and avoiding common problems, this book discusses how to:

Evaluate teaching, research, and service
Tailor common practices to meet particular needs
Guard against bias in evaluation
Use classroom visits, student evaluation, and self-evaluation
Determine the best combination of evaluation methods
Gain genuine faculty and administrative support
Avoid weaknesses of student, colleague, and self-evaluation
Get the most accurate picture of faculty effectiveness
Develop a professional portfolio
Included are field-tested forms and checklists that can be used to measure faculty performance in teaching, research, and service. The suggestions for improving faculty evaluation are practical and clear—sensible advice for strengthening a process that is of increasing importance in higher education.
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