Working Group on Faculty Evaluation Policies and Practices

A 25-member Working Group on Faculty Evaluation Policies and Practices has been charged with helping develop revisions to the University’s policies and practices on faculty promotion and tenure, annual evaluation, and post-tenure review. The Working Group was appointed in response to revisions to University System of Georgia policies on annual and post-tenure reviews that were approved by the Board of Regents on October 13, 2021.

As stated in the introduction to the University’s current Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty, drafted by a faculty task force and approved by University Council in 2004, the University of Georgia is the oldest publicly chartered institution in the nation and is the land-grant, sea-grant university in the state of Georgia. It has broad responsibilities in promoting the advancement of knowledge in service to the people of Georgia, the nation, and the world. For over two hundred years, University faculty have discharged their responsibilities of teaching, research, and service in a distinguished manner, consistent with the mission of the University. The faculty are primarily responsible for attracting the very best students to the institution and ensuring their success. For all these reasons, appointing, developing, and retaining an outstanding faculty is critical to the success of the University.

The processes for appointment, promotion and tenure, annual evaluation, and post-tenure reviews must be fair, rigorous, and discipline appropriate. The University already has established guidelines for appointment, promotion and tenure, as well as policies for annual evaluations and post-tenure reviews. These guidelines and policies will need to be updated to be consistent with the new USG policies. The Working Group will help develop institutional policy revisions for consideration by the Faculty Affairs Committee and, ultimately, University Council.

The Working Group is co-chaired by Janette Hill, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee of University Council and Professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies in the Mary Frances Early College of Education, and Elizabeth Weeks, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Charles H. Kirbo Chair in the School of Law. Its members were appointed in consultation with Hill, Weeks, and Barbara Biesecker, Chair of the Executive Committee of University Council.

Additional information, including a link to provide feedback to the Working Group, is below.

Working Group Members

Subgroups
Annual Evaluations
Post-Tenure Review
Review of Administrators
P&T Guidelines
Due Process

Updates from the FEPP Working Group

University System of Georgia Post-Tenure Review Information

Guidelines and Policies
Chancellor’s Policy Letter and Exhibit – October 13, 2021
UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure
UGA Annual Evaluation Policy (current)
UGA Post-Tenure Review Policy (current)

USG Academic and Student Affairs Handbook (revisions approved February 2022)
Faculty Evaluation Systems
Post-Tenure Review
Evaluation of Faculty

DRAFT Guidelines and Policies
UGA Academic Affairs Policy Manual, Section 1.10-10, Student Success Activities (approved by the Faculty Affairs Committee of University Council on January 7, 2022; approved by the Executive Committee of University Council on March 30, 2022 for the University Council Agenda for the April 20, 2022 meeting)
Student Success Activity Examples (guidance to be posted on the Office of Faculty Affairs website and reviewed by the Faculty Affairs Committee of University Council on January 7, 2022; reviewed by the Executive Committee of University Council on March 30, 2022 and will be shared with the University Council at the April 20, 2022 meeting)
UGA Academic Affairs Policy Manual, Section 1.06-1, Written Annual Evaluation (approved by the FEPP Working Group on February 21, 2022; approved by the Faculty Affairs Committee of University Council on March 14, 2022; approved by the Executive Committee of University Council on March 30, 2022 for the University Council Agenda for the April 20, 2022 meeting)*
UGA Academic Affairs Policy Manual, Section 1.06-4, Post Tenure Review (approved by the FEPP Working Group on March 21, 2022; currently being reviewed by the Faculty Affairs Committee of University Council)*
Due Process Policy to be added to revised Policy for Review of Tenured Faculty and codified at AAPM 1.06-4 (approved by the FEPP Working Group on March 21, 2022; PTRAC Operating Policy currently under revision by University Council Committees on Statutes, Bylaws, and Committees and Faculty Post-Tenure Review Committee; currently being reviewed by the Faculty Affairs Committee of University Council)*

*note: black text=current UGA policy; red text=as prescribed by USG policy and guidelines; blue text=as amended and approved by FEPP 

Memos and Presentations
Update on Working Group on Faculty Evaluation Policies and Practices - March 30, 2022
Presentation to the Franklin College Heads and Directors (Hill and Weeks) – March 16, 2022
Presentation to the Faculty of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Hill and Weeks) – March 15, 2022
Presentation to the Mary Frances Early and Franklin College Faculty Senates (Hill and Weeks) - February 23 and March 1, 2022
Update on Working Group on Faculty Evaluation Policies and Practices - February 23, 2022
Submit Feedback to the Working Group on Faculty Evaluation Policies and Practices - December 18, 2021
Working Group on Faculty Evaluation Policies and Practices - November 5, 2021

Feedback Forms
The Faculty Working Group invites UGA faculty to share their ideas, concerns, and feedback via the form at this link. A UGA MyID is required to access the forms, but responses can be submitted anonymously.

SUBMIT FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS

SUBMIT EXAMPLES OF STUDENT SUCCESS ACTIVITIES