Course Evaluations

Full-Time Faculty

Chapter V, Section A.2.a of the Faculty Handbook provides the following requirements for the number of course evaluations to be conducted by members of the full-time faculty. 

"Courses of all faculty members are to be evaluated regularly during the academic year -- at least two, but no more than three, courses for tenured members and three, and only three, for all others, at least one being a lower level and one being an upper level course, insofar as the individual's schedule permits. Two evaluations are required during an academic year containing a leave."

If you want to survey more than three courses, in order to obtain more feedback for your own information, then we suggest that you consider alternatives to this system, such as designing your own evaluation or enlisting the aid of your student board.

All required evaluations should be of courses for which you receive teaching load credit. Tutorials may be evaluated, but should be done as an additional third course for tenured faculty members.

In all cases, the standard form provided by the Faculty Personnel Committee must be used. Some departments have received approval from the FPC to use a second form; it must be used in addition to the standard form. 

Course evaluations are filled out by students in your class, but they will be stored and distributed electronically. This will permit you to access your course evaluations at any time through a secure website. 

Part-Time Faculty

Course evaluations are required for all courses taught by Part-Time Instructors and Lecturers. Senior Lecturers must evaluate a minimum of one class per semester in any semester in which they are teaching. 

In all cases, the standard form provided by the Faculty Personnel Committee must be used. Some departments have received approval from the FPC to use a second form; it must be used in addition to the standard form.

Course evaluations are filled out by students in your class, but they will be stored and distributed electronically. This will permit you to access your course evaluations at any time through a secure website. 

Procedure to Administer

All full-time and part-time members of the faculty are to follow these procedures when administering course evaluations.

  1. Evaluations are to be administered during the last five class days of the term. For Spring Semester 2018, this period will begin on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 and end on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Course evaluations may not be administered during final examinations.
  2. Assign a student in the course to administer the evaluation. The student is to pick up the standard forms (and the supplemental forms if appropriate) at the Provost’s Office (UN 108) at the beginning of the class period during which the evaluation will be conducted. If you have an 8:00 a.m. class, you may have the student pick up the forms the previous day. If you have a 12 noon or 1:00 p.m. class, you may have the student pick up the forms that morning between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. The students must know the instructor’s name, and the number, title and enrollment of the course.
  3. Inform your class that you will never see the evaluation forms. You will receive only the numerical summaries and the comments, typed (but otherwise verbatim within the bounds of good taste). This same information will be placed in your personnel file for use by the Faculty Personnel Committee. 
  4. Instruct the assigned student to return all forms, used and unused, to the Provost’s Office immediately following the evaluation.
  5. Leave the room while the student administers the evaluation, as per Chapter V, A. 2. c. of the Faculty Handbook.