Policy No. 5:03:08:00

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Cleveland, Tennessee

SUBJECT: Evaluation of Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct (part-time) faculty are personnel employed on a temporary basis to teach credit courses on a term by term basis with no guarantee, whether stated or implied, of future appointments.

It is the duty of the Department Chair to supervise the quality of his/her subject area curricula and to maintain the integrity of the instructional delivery by adjunct faculty. To support this effort, ClSCC has established an adjunct faculty mentoring system. At the beginning of each semester, the Dean of the Division, in cooperation with the Department chair, will assign a full-time faculty mentor to each adjunct faculty. In addition, ClSCC has published a comprehensive Adjunct Faculty Handbook outlining adjunct faculty rights and responsibilities. Regular performance evaluations of adjunct faculty are also part of ClSCC’s efforts to maintain standards and instructional integrity.

The performance evaluation is conducted for all adjunct faculty during the semester of the teaching assignment.

The performance evaluation consists of:

  1. Evaluation by the Appropriate Supervisor
    The evaluation will be conducted each semester the adjunct faculty member teaches and is documented (at a minimum) by a completed Adjunct Faculty Evaluation Form (see attachment). Adjunct faculty will be evaluated by the Dean of the Division, the Department Chair, Mentor and/or coordinator. If necessary, an evaluation conference will be held to discuss specific items on the evaluation. The completed supervisory evaluation will be submitted by the Dean of the Division to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and filed in the faculty member’s personnel file. Upon request by the adjunct faculty, a copy of the evaluation is made available to the faculty member.
  2. Student evaluations of classroom/lab instruction
    Adjunct faculty will be evaluated in up to two classes, typically the two with the highest enrollment.  These classes will be chosen by the Dean. Student evaluations will be conducted between the tenth and thirteenth week of each semester. For classes that do not extend over the entire length of the semester, evaluations will be administered during the last class meeting unless otherwise approved by the Dean of the Division.
    An evaluation tool will be used for the student evaluation of faculty. The instrument consists of a computer-scored objective part on a point scale and allows for written comments (see attachments). The evaluations are anonymous and are handled by a person other than the instructor.
    The office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will serve as a clearinghouse for the student evaluations. This office will coordinate the distribution of the evaluation forms, collect and process completed evaluations, and return results to the appropriate deans and faculty. The results will be made available to the instructor in the subsequent term. A copy of the quantitative student evaluation results will be filed in the personnel file. 
  3. Classroom evaluations by supervisor/peer
    Classroom evaluations will be conducted if problems arise or if recommended by the Dean, Department Chair, Mentor, and/or coordinator. Classroom observations will be conducted by the Mentor, the Coordinator, the Department Chair, or the Dean using an In-Class Observation form approved by the Faculty Senate. The faculty may request additional observations and the participation of a peer(s).
    Where appropriate, improvement suggestions will be forwarded to the adjunct faculty member. Implementation of the suggested improvements and their effectiveness will be evaluated and documented in subsequent evaluations. Should problems persist, the adjunct faculty member will not be rehired.

 

Source: TBR Policies 5:02:02:00 and 5:02:03:00

Related: ClSCC Policies 5:03:02:00 (Evaluation of Full-time Faculty), 5:02:02:02 (promotion Process), 5:02:03:00 (Academic Freedom and Responsibility)

Revised: January 1, 1993; November 17, 1995; June 26, 2003; July 28, 2004; October 24, 2012 by approval of Academic Council; approved by Faculty Senate December 2012; approved by President’s Cabinet 1/8/13.