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Faculty Review Policy

Area Responsible for Administration: Vice-President, Academic
Approval Authorities: Senior Executive Committee
Approval Date: January 2016
Revision History: December 2015
November 2017
Review Timeline: Every 5 Years

Purpose

To promote continuous improvement and professional growth for Seneca faculty.

Scope

This policy applies to all full-time faculty.

 

Policy

Seneca is committed to teaching excellence and high-quality programs, and this includes explicit and systematic feedback on teaching effectiveness. The Faculty Review process actively encourages the development of the individual faculty and their teaching. This policy supports teaching effectiveness by using a variety of tools and methods, including:

  • Student feedback questionnaires
  • Class observations by the chair, or designate
  • Peer Feedback, if applicable
  • Teaching Standards
  • Faculty reflections
  • Faculty portfolios.

Faculty Review enhances and supports teaching excellence, program quality and student success.

Supporting Documentation

  • Appendix A: Faculty Review Procedure

Related Seneca Policies

  • None.

Related Materials

Appendix A: Faculty Review Procedure

This faculty review process supports teaching effectiveness by using a variety of tools and methods, including:

  • Student Feedback

The faculty member and chair will normally receive student feedback through Course Evaluation Survey results.

  • Chair Observations

The faculty member and chair, or designate, will schedule a class visit and a follow-up meeting, at a mutually convenient time. Both the faculty member and chair, or designate, will sign any written documents.

  • Peer Feedback

The faculty member may elect to participate in peer observations and provide feedback to their colleagues. The faculty member may elect to add peer feedback into their portfolio.

  • Teaching Standards

The faculty member will reflect upon and provide examples of how the Teaching Standards informs their teaching.

  • Faculty Portfolios

The faculty member will reflect on aspects of their teaching and use these reflections and feedback from students and their chair to develop a Professional Development Plan in collaboration with their chair.

Chairs will clearly identify the standards applied in the review process and will maintain objectivity throughout the process. Faculty and chairs will keep copies of all forms.

Probationary faculty will be evaluated each semester during their probationary period, in accordance with the Academic Employees Collective Agreement.

Non-probationary full-time faculty will be evaluated at a minimum of once every five years.

Contract faculty will receive feedback as appropriate.