Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A PracticalGuide for Academic Leaders
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"Jeffrey Buller, a leading and respected voice in higher education, has written a truly practical and highly useful book on the increasingly important topic of faculty evaluation. This highly readable book is a 'must have/must read' book for every dean, chair, and faculty member in all institutions of higher education." —Robert E. Cipriano, author, Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success; former chair of Southern Connecticut State University's Recreation and Leisure Studies Department

"Buller has done it again. This latest book meets a never-ending need of all colleges and universities. It's the best treatment I've ever found of the critical dynamics of faculty evaluations—the associated history and philosophy, but especially how to get it right when conducting pretenure, tenure, and posttenure reviews. Every P&T committee, every chair, every dean will welcome a copy." —R. Kent Crookston, author, Working with Problem Faculty: A Six-Step Guide for Department Chairs; director of the Academic Administrative Support Program at the Brigham Young University Faculty Center

"Finally, a comprehensive volume replete with practical ideas and seasoned advice about how to effectively handle faculty performance evaluations. This author really understands the lack of preparation and confidence that most academic administrators feel when asked to function as both judge and coach. If you need concrete strategies for dealing with all aspects of the evaluation process, this book won't disappoint you. The content and case studies are right on the money."—Christine Licata, author, Post-Tenure Faculty Review and Renewal; senior associate provost, Rochester Institute of Technology


Jeffrey L. Buller is dean of Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Academic Leadership Day by Day, The Essential College Professor, The Essential Academic Dean, and The Essential Department Chair, 2nd Edition


The Author ix

Introduction and Acknowledgments xi

Part One: The Fundamental Goals of Review and Evaluation 1

1 Th e Accountability Culture in Higher Education 3

2 Best Practices in All Forms of Review and Evaluation 23

3 Oral and Written Reviews and Evaluations 43

Part Two: Primarily Formative Review and Evaluation 65

4 Annual Performance Appraisals and Evaluations 67

5 Probationary Period Pretenure Reviews 89

6 Posttenure Review 109

Part Three: Summative Review and Evaluation 129

7 Merit Evaluations 131

8 Tenure Evaluations 151

9 Promotion Evaluations 173

Part Four: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Review and Evaluation 191

10 The Arreola Model 193

11 The Seldin Model 215

12 Incorporating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches into an Integrated Process 229

Index 249