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Annual Merit Review Process Economics Lecturer

As part of the annual merit review process each spring, a Lecturer will turn in the following three forms: Faculty Activities; Self Evaluation of Teaching Methods; and Goals for Teaching, Professional Growth, and Service. Lecturers do not need to complete the Economics Department Self Evaluation Form. Merit points to be assigned to the faculty member will be based on the following:

i) 20 points---Objective Portion of the Student Evaluation Instrument. Points will be assigned as follows:

For each class taught during the academic year (including summer courses) the cumulative percent of the students that agree or strongly agree on the following four (4) student evaluation factors: presentation skills, organization and clarity, dynamism/enthusiasm, and general instruction, will be recorded. The median score of the array of all the cumulative frequencies will be computed.

Median Points
>90 20
>85-90 18
>80-85 16
>75-80 14
>70-75 12
>60-70 10
>50-60 8
>40-50 6
>30-40 4
>20-30 2
>00-20 0

ii) 20 points--- Chair's Evaluation of Teaching. This evaluation will be based on student comments on the evaluation, discussion with the faculty member, the instructor's "input" into teaching (syllabus, handouts, assignments, etc.), classroom observations, and other factors.

iii) 15 points--- Faculty Development Activities. Evaluation will be based on faculty development activities related to teaching. A Lecturer should be aware of the economics education literature as it relates to teaching college-level economics and be making efforts to incorporate effective teaching methods into the classroom. In addition, Lecturers are expected to attend workshops or seminars on effective teaching. Expectations for the department are a minimum of 40 faculty development hours per year. New course development activities are also considered here.

iv) 15 points---Teaching Duties. Factors such as maintaining offices hours, placing syllabi on web, teaching load, off-campus teaching, conducting review sessions, and the number of preparations are all considered here. Efforts in helping the department attain its goals related to teaching are also important. As an example, the Economics Department has a goal of incorporating technology (computers, quantitative solution software) in upper division quantitative courses and of integrating significant writing assignments in other upper division economics courses.

v) 15 points---Lecturers will be engaged in service activities by participating in committees in the Economics Department, the Richards College of Business, and University-wide.

vi) 15 points---Professional growth activities---A Lecturer should be engaged in professional growth activities. Such activities include: attending academic conferences, presenting papers at academic conferences, discussing papers at conferences, obtaining research or teaching grants, writing book/software reviews, serving as a referee for a journal, and publishing papers (both in reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications). The expectation is that a Lecturer will be "engaged" in professional growth activities each year. In addition, he/she is expected to have a peer-reviewed publication at least once every three years.

Approved by the Economics Department faculty on October 3, 2003.