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FAC 4.B.6. Evidence.

 

(1)   The evidence shall consist of the following items: The material submitted by the probationary faculty member, any other materials added by the initial level of review, the assessments and recommendations from the various levels of review, material from the initial appointment, and materials from any subsequent renewal consideration.

(a)   Discussions of what constitutes teaching, scholarly activities, and service are set forth in this handbook.

      1. The “Core of Academe” reprinted in FAC 1 of this handbook contains a discussion of the meanings of teaching, scholarly activity and service. The activities itemized in each of these areas are presented as a non-exhaustive listing of the types of activities that would be appropriate to include as evidence of accomplishment in these areas.
      2. “Faculty Performance Review” (FAC 6 of this handbook) sets forth UW System and UW Oshkosh policy on student opinion surveys.

(b)   In addition to submitting evidence of accomplishments, each candidate for renewal/tenure will prepare three personal statements summarizing her/his accomplishments in the areas of teaching, scholarly activities, and service.

(c)   Relevant evidence includes the material submitted by the probationary faculty member, any other materials added by the initial level of review, the assessments and recommendations from the various levels of review, material from the initial appointment, and materials from any subsequent renewal consideration.

(d)   Any level of review may request to see any or all of the original documents submitted to the initial level of review.

(e)   The initial level of review shall retain all materials until the current renewal process is complete, including any reconsideration or appeals procedures.

(2)   Data on teaching ability, including student opinion surveys and faculty peer evaluations must be presented and included in folders for review at all levels.

(a)   Colleges and departments have the responsibility (through the applicable bylaws) to establish policy pertaining to the acquisition and use of student opinions and faculty peer evaluations.

(b)   “Peer evaluation,” as used in this section, may include such perspectives as evaluations by tenured or non-tenured members of the individual’s academic department, evaluations by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty from outside of the individual’s academic department, and/or evaluations by faculty from other institutions.

(c)   Non‑teaching faculty must present evaluations of performance of professional responsibilities directly related to the university appointment.

(d)   Faculty whose responsibilities are primarily non‑teaching but who also teach will be evaluated for classroom performance as well.

(3)   Evidence presented to support scholarly activities shall be presented to the initial level of review for its critical review and thorough evaluation.

(a)   Candidates for renewal/tenure should include in their folders for initial level review copies of materials and evidence related to scholarly activities. Before forwarding the folders, the initial reviewing level will prepare a written statement which clearly assesses the quality and quantity of such work and include it in the candidate’s folder.

(b)   Folders forwarded from the initial level of review should not contain complete copies of documents and materials related to scholarly activities, such as books, journals, tapes, slides, etc. The completed form should list these accomplishments together with assessment statements made by committees and offices at each reviewing stage in the process.

(4)   Information on service activities shall be presented in the folders for review at all levels.

(5)   If a clarification is needed, or if more material becomes available during the review at the initial level of review, the probationary faculty member may submit additional evidence to the renewal folder, up to the time the decision is made by the initial level of review.

(6)   The initial level may add additional evidence relevant to the candidate’s performance, subject to the following:

(a)   The evidence incorporated must be deemed relevant by majority vote of the initial level.

(b)   The candidate is informed of the inclusion of the additional information and is immediately given a copy of the additional evidence. Prior to the decision being made by the initial level of review, the candidate may ask that the added information be removed from the folder. If the committee does not agree with the candidate’s request, or if action is taken before such a request is presented, the candidate shall be afforded an opportunity to append a statement to the added material that shall become a part of the file and thereby accompany the material through the subsequent steps in the review process.

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