UTC DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
- 1. Members of the Political Science Department will be evaluated in the following three areas:
- a. Instructional/Advisement Activities
- b. Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
- c. Professional/Public Service Activities
- 2. The Calendar year for EDO evaluation will end on March 15. Except in the case of a new course being taught or an honors paper or independent project that will necessarily extend beyond that date, all activities that are to be counted in a given year must be completed on or before March 15.
- 3. The awarding of an overall rating of Exceeds Expectations for Rank shall require an Exceeds Expectations for Rank rating in two of the three areas listed in 1 above. The awarding of Exceeds Expectations for Rank shall also require at least a Merit rating in the third category.
- 4. The specified standards represent minimum achievements for consideration for Exceeds Expectation for rank. Recommendations for overall Exceeds Expectations for Rank by the Department Head to the Dean of Arts and Science will be based upon a comparative evaluation of the amount of activity and the quality of performance in each category by all the full-time Department faculty.
- 5. The Department Head shall not judge faculty members solely on the number of activities in which they engaged, but also on the quality of their work and contributions. Unusual productivity in one activity may be more important that involvement in several. For example, intense research effort or the writing of a book may require more time than involvement in miscellaneous activities. However, faculty members shall negotiate such focused efforts with the Department Head when planning EDO goals for the forthcoming year.
- 6. EDO evaluations for MPA faculty members shall consider their participation and activities in support of the MPA program, including but not limited to efforts to attain and maintain accreditation and service to the local community.
- 7. The faculty recognizes the impossibility of listing all possible activities in the ECO Guidelines. Consequently, the Head shall give recognition to activities that can reasonably be inferred from the guidelines. If the Head has questions about specific activities, he or she shall seek guidance from the EDO Committee, whether during the goal setting phase of the EDO process or prior to finalizing a faculty member’s EDO evaluation.
- 8. Individual faculty members shall be responsible for submitting with their self-evaluations documentation (e.g., syllabi, contract letters, manuscripts, reviewers’ comments) to assist the Head in the evaluation process.
CATERGORY1: INTSTUCTIONAL/ADVISEMENT ACTIVITES*
MEETS EXPECTATIONS for RANK (ALL THREE OF THE FOLLOWING)
- A) Average score of 4.0, or better, on student evaluations for the EDO period (to include evaluations for the Spring, Summer and Fall classes) **
- B) Maintain regular, posted office hours
- C) Advise assigned majors
EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS for RANK (POINT a BELOW AND ONE ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY
FROM POINTS b TRHOUGH f BELOW)
- A) Average score on teaching evaluations for the EDO period at or above the full-time Political Science faculty average for the EDO period **
(The following points are listed in ascending order of importance)
- B) Direct two or more independent study projects, one honors project, or one MPA paper project over two semesters in one EDO cycle
- C) Development and teaching of a new course or substantial revision and reteaching of a course an instructor has not taught for three or more years (submit old and revised syllabi)
- D) Develop and provide rationale for new/revised courses or major curriculum changes for approval by the Curriculum Committee, General Education Committee or Graduate Council.
- E) Receiving UTC Instructional Excellence grant or any other grant to improve teaching or curriculum at UTC.
- F) Recipient of S.G.A., UT National Alumni Council or College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award Competition; or recipient of College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Award.
Notes for Instructional /Advisement Activities
*In the event that a faculty member did not teach at UTC during either the Spring or Fall semester included in the EDO period, the Department Head shall take into account the student teaching evaluations for the courses taught at UTC during the EDO period. In the event a faculty member did not teach at UTC during the EDO period, a higher level of performance will be expected in the Research, Scholarly, Creative Activities and Public Service areas.
**In determining the average teaching evaluation scores referred to above, the Department Head shall compute (or have computed) from the raw scores of all full-time faculty members a Department Head shall compute (or have computed) from the raw scores of all full-time faculty members a Departmental average (or mean) for all courses taught by full-time faculty and evaluated during the EDO period. The Department Head shall also compute (or have computed) from the raw scores of each full-time faculty member an average (or mean) score for all courses taught by that faculty member and evaluated during the EDO period with the Department average or mean.
CATEGORY 2: RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY, CREATIVE ACTIVITES
MEETS EXPECTATIONS FOR RANK (TWO OF THE FOLLOWING)
Demonstrable activity in research and scholarship beyond the reading and research done in keeping up with class preparations.
- a) Published book review in a refereed journal
- b) Reviewing of manuscripts or books for journals or publishers
- c) Initiation of research projects that may culminate in a publishable work
EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS FOR RANK (AT LEAST TWO ACTIVITES FROM THE FOLLOWING
CATEGORIES. ALTHOUGH THE CATEGORIES ARE PROVIDED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY, THE ITEMS WITHIN EACH CATEGORY ARE RANKED IN DESCENDING ORDER)
- a) acceptance by publisher (non-vanity press) of final manuscript for a new scholarly book (letter of acceptance to be submitted with self evaluation)
- b) acceptance of an article for publication in a refereed journal (letter of acceptance to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- c) acceptance of a research note for publication in a refereed journal (letter of acceptance to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- d) acceptance of a review essay for publication in a professional journal (letter of acceptance to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- e) acceptance by publisher (non-vanity press) of a chapter or an essay for publication in a scholarly book (letter of acceptance to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- a) awarded a funded research or study fellowship (which must be accepted and utilized from a national granting agency that requires competitive peer or organized review. Other grants whose purpose is largely teaching or the improvement of teaching (e.g., grants to attend a NEH summer seminar) shall be considered under Category 1: Instructional/Advisement Activities.
- b) Awarded a research grant or fellowship (which must be accepted and utilized) from an outside funding agency that does not require competitive peer review.
- c) Awarded a research grant or fellowship (which must be accepted and utilized) by U.T.C. Faculty Research Committee (must not be awarded for course preparation)
- a) Contract issued for new book length manuscript on the basis of at least three sample chapters submitted (Contract to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- b) Completion of book manuscript and submission to a publisher (non-vanity press will rank higher than a vanity press)
- c) Paper presented at regional or national meeting of a learned society (text to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- d) Research, composition and submission of a manuscript to a refereed journal (may be a revision of a paper qualifying under c above); manuscript to be submitted with self-evaluation
- e) Acceptance of revisions in a previously published book for a new edition (text and letter of acceptance to be submitted with self-evaluation)
- f) Demonstrable progress made on a new book-length manuscript (may include revisions of work qualifying under c and d above); text to be submitted with self-evaluation
- a) Receipt of prize awarded by a national or regional professional organization for best book
- b) Receipt of prize awarded by a national or regional professional organization for best article published or for best paper delivered at a conference
CATEGORY 3: PROFESSIONAL/PUBLIC SERVICE ACTIVITIES
MEETS EXPECTATIONS FOR RANK (ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING)
- a) Op-ed commentary for local newspapers
- b) Service on a Department or University committee
- c) Occasional professional or public service (e.g., giving a speech or making a presentation) rendered to a community organization
- d) Participation in the activities of a professional organization (e.g., attending meetings, chairing panels, organizing a session or serving as a discussant)
- e) Contribution to a professional presentation (e.g., a public event, at the University)
- f) Professional service to other University or community organizations or programs
EXCEEDS EXPECTATION FOR RANK (ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING)
- a) Time-consuming contributions to Department, SPA program or University activities
- b) Chair of University committee; service on Faculty Council, Graduate Council, or College Council; or demonstrated service on two or more University committees (excludes Council of Scholars)
- c) Professional service to the community, the Department, the MPA program, the University as a whole or to one of more professional, community or University organizations over and above occasional service
- d) Officer or executive board member in a professional or public service organization
- e) Organizer of a section at a national or regional professional meeting
- f) Editor of a journal published by a professional organization
- g) Member of editorial board of a scholarly publication with demonstrable duties to review manuscripts for publication
- h) Director of graduate internships
- i) Op-ed commentary for national publication
- j) Participation in response to special requests from the University administration or community leaders