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RSCC Policy PA-26-03; Orientation, Evaluation and Supervision of Adjunct Faculty

RSCC Policy PA-26-03; Orientation, Evaluation and Supervision of Adjunct Faculty

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Policy Number: PA-26-03
Subject: Orientation, Evaluation and Supervision of Adjunct Faculty
  1. Orientation and Mentoring

    Adjunct faculty are employed on a per-term, per-hour or per-course basis. Terms and responsibilities of adjunct faculty are determined on the basis of need at the time of employment.

    A formal adjunct faculty in-service session is held prior to the beginning of fall and spring semester(s), and all adjunct faculty are strongly encouraged to attend. The sessions provide faculty with information regarding the college's mission and goals, as well as in-service programming designed to enhance professional development. Attendance at other campus in-service activities is also encouraged.

    Depending upon the size of the division and the discipline, adjunct faculty may be assigned a full-time faculty mentor. The mentor serves as a link between the full-time and part-time staff and provides guidance and information as needed.

    The division head will take into consideration numerous factors in the assignment of adjunct faculty to the full-time faculty mentor. The full-time faculty member's workload, teaching site assignment, and non-teaching responsibilities may be of such magnitude as to reduce participation during a given term. The full-time faculty member should not have more than two adjunct faculty assigned per term. If within a particular discipline the limit of two cannot be maintained, the dean must obtain approval from the Vice President of Student Learning and the president prior to making the assignment. In any one term, the full-time faculty member may request an exemption from service as a mentor, and therefore may be given other opportunities to provide service to the institution. In the event that the exemption is denied, the faculty member may appeal in writing to the Vice President of Student Learning.
  2. Evaluation

    The purpose of the adjunct faculty evaluation process is to provide an assessment of faculty performance within the evaluation period and to provide feedback to faculty that can be used in the development of teaching skills. All full-time professional staff who teach will be evaluated in the adjunct evaluation process.

    The division head is the supervisor of record for all adjunct faculty teaching within the division. He/She will prepare a summary of evaluation materials each semester. The results will be shared with the faculty member and reported to the administration along with the supervisors' recommendations.

    Student Evaluations
    The evaluation process consists of student evaluations of all classes taught each term. Student evaluations are administered in accordance with procedures used for full-time faculty.

    Classroom Observations
    In addition, all adjunct faculty will be observed in the classroom according to the following schedule:
    1. First Two Terms: Minimum of one class per semester
    2. Third and Fourth Terms: Minimum of one class per calendar year

      After the fourth term of service, the division head may elect to reduce or eliminate classroom observations for those adjunct faculty members whose performance is deemed satisfactory by other evaluation measures.

      The purpose of the classroom visitation is to describe performance in such a way that teaching may be enhanced or improved. The observation report should be used to develop and reinforce positive teaching behaviors.

      The division head, program director, coordinator, or full-time faculty mentor may conduct observations. Where possible, those individuals who receive release time to perform these duties would conduct the observations. For those observations performed by the full-time faculty mentor, a holistic observation instrument may be used to serve as an observation guide and as a means to record teaching behaviors. If deemed appropriate, the full-time faculty mentor may suggest that the division head perform follow-up observations. The written observation report will be submitted to the adjunct faculty member and the division head, but will not be attached to the evaluation document. Instead the division head will include a summary of classroom observations on the evaluation form.
  3. Portfolio Review
    The division head may request to review a portfolio of materials used by the adjunct faculty in a particular course. This portfolio may include the course syllabus, supplemental teaching materials, and tests.
Original Date Effective: 03/28/2000
Original Approval By: William S. Fuqua, III, Interim President
Office Responsible: Vice President Student Learning
Reviewed: 05/01/2014

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