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Faculty Handbook Chapter 5: Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure Policies

5.1 Evaluation Procedure

(For in-unit faculty members, refer to the BOT-UFF Agreement, Articles 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)


Updated 5/15 for new contract


Evaluations are intended to communicate to a faculty member a qualitative assessment of that faculty member's performance of assigned duties by providing him/her written constructive feedback that will assist in improving the faculty member's performance and expertise. All faculty members are evaluated annually by the appropriate chair or director with the following exceptions:

  1. faculty members on visiting appointments who have not been reappointed for the following year;
  2. faculty members who have resigned, and
  3. faculty members who have been issued notice of non-reappointment or termination for just cause.

The period of annual evaluation shall include the previous summer term, fall and spring terms. Adjunct faculty evaluation process will consist mainly of department chair review of the required student evaluation results (ISQs) at a minimum.

5.2 University Required Student Evaluations

(For in-unit faculty members, refer to the BOT-UNF Agreement, Article 18.2(d)


The ISQ will be administered online during the final two (2) weeks of scheduled instruction before final exams in every fall and spring class and in every summer class for all permanent and adjunct faculty except as provided in Article 17.2 (c)(3). However courses involving individual instruction such as independent studies, internships, practica and courses with enrollment of seven or less shall be excluded. Study abroad courses for which these assessments are not appropriate may be excluded by the instructor from this form of evaluation in which case an alternative assessment mechanism shall be utilized.


If an in-unit faculty member has been assigned or reassigned a course fewer than five (5) weeks prior to the first class session, the faculty member has the option of whether to administer student evaluations for that course.

5.3 Promotion and Tenure Policies and Procedures

(For in-unit faculty members, refer to BOT-UFF Agreement, Articles 19, 20, 21, 22)


Awarding promotion and tenure is the University's major means for recognizing and protecting professional excellence in the academic disciplines. Criteria, guidelines and other relevant information for promotion are found in Article 20 of the Agreement for tenured and tenure-earning faculty, Article 21 for library faculty, and Article 22 for instructors and lecturers. Article 19 of the Agreement contains the criteria, guidelines and other relevant information for tenure.


In the case of administrative faculty members who may be eligible for tenure consideration, the following teaching conditions shall be met: 33.3 semester credit hours of regularly scheduled classes if the faculty member's rank is below professor or 20 hours of regularly scheduled classes if the faculty member's rank is professor.


Administrators who seek tenure and promotion must do so on the basis of their teaching, scholarship, and service contributions, rather than on the basis of their administrative duties.