I. Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

II. Assessment

  • Assessment of Core, Major and M.A. Program (from Department Faculty Handbook)
  • Annual Assessment Reports
  • Assessment of Part-Time Faculty
    Monitoring and Evaluating Part-Time Faculty 

    Part-time faculty are those non-tenured faculty employed on less than a full time basis. They are contracted for a fixed period of time, and their contract implies no guarantee of future employment. Time spent as part-time faculty will not count toward tenure should a part-time faculty member obtain a tenure track position. The academic dean determines the rate of compensation for part-time faculty, with consideration given to their academic credentials, experience, and duties.

    Part-time faculty are expected to:

    1. Teach and conduct all classes as contracted in accordance with an established syllabus, approved textbooks, and related instructional materials.
    2. Refer students for appropriate academic advisement.
    3. Maintain records such as student grade books, student attendance reports, class handouts, and course syllabi as required by the department and university.
    4. Maintain adequate office hours (at least one hour before or after class or by appointment (SUWG Faculty Handbook, p. 75).
    5. Acknowledge association with the department and university on published works, grant applications, and related activities, as appropriate.
    6. Participate in student evaluations for every contracted class using the same instrumentation as full time faculty.
    7. Demonstrate a high degree of professional ethics.


    The Department of History shall provide part-time faculty with suitable orientation, supervision, and evaluation for the successful completion of all teaching responsibilities, and a contract that delineates the educational services to be performed.  The department will provide information regarding course scheduling and room assignment, and additional support and materials as appropriate.  An orientation will be provided for part-time faculty prior to the start of their first teaching assignment.  Each new part-time faculty member will be assigned a mentor with teaching experience in the assigned course(s) or in a closely related area.  The mentor is responsible for providing periodic and systematic support.  A full-time senior faculty member familiar with the area shall review the performance of part-time faculty members, at least annually, in written form.  Results of the evaluation will be shared with the part-time faculty member.

    Part-time faculty to be reappointed will be reviewed at least annually by a senior faculty member and must meet the criteria for reappointment set forth by the University. Part-time faculty also will be evaluated annually, in writing, by the department Chair in consultation with the senior faculty member making the evaluation of the part-time faculty person’s performance.  If a part-time faculty member receives two unsatisfactory ratings, s(he) will not be offered a future contract. Materials used in the review will include (at minimum):

    1. Current vitae and transcripts (indicating professional, experiential, and scholarly   qualifications)
    2. Student evaluations
    3. Other materials, such as:
          a. Reports of classroom visitations
          b. Self-assessments
          c. Sample syllabi and other course materials
          d. Grade rosters

    General guidelines for performance reviews of all faculty members, including part-time faculty, are stated in the University of West Georgia Faculty Handbook (pp. 4-6) In general, all policies applying to current full-time non-tenured faculty will apply to full-time temporary faculty, part-time faculty (and adjuncts) where appropriate (including appeal procedures for non-reappointment).

    [Parts of this document have been adopted and revised from the following: Hampton-Sydney College, Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe, Nova Southeastern University, and NCSU]

    September 20, 2001

  • Assessment Procedures for Evaluation of Graduate Assistants
    Assessment Procedures for Evaluation of Graduate Assistants 

    All Graduate Assistants employed by the Department of History are evaluated according to the procedures established by the Graduate School. For more information on those procedures, click here. Copies of these evaluations are available in the Graduate Coordinator’s Office and in the Graduate School office.

    In addition to this, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the Department of History interviews supervisors of the individual graduate students to ascertain whether the graduate student is successfully completing his/her assignments or duties.  If there is a question or problem, the Coordinator also interviews the graduate student.  Summaries/logs of these more informal interviews are available in the Coordinator’s Office in the Department of History.

 III. Undergraduate Degree Program


IV. Undergraduate Major with Secondary Education Certification


V. Graduate Degree Program (M.A. Degree)

  1. Graduate Student Handbook
  2. Orientation and Evaluation - Orientation of Graduate Students and Evaluation of Orientation Program

    Orientation for New Graduate Students (From Graduate Student Handbook, Section #8)

    The Graduate College and the Department of History offer orientations for new graduate students the week before classes begin each semester. These sessions will help students learn about the process of registration, campus services and programs that relate to graduate students, and the layout of the campus. They also offer a good opportunity to meet other graduate students and some of the faculty.

    The Department of History also holds orientations for new graduate students, including an “open house” at a faculty member’s home, to introduce faculty to the new students and to offer an opportunity for graduate students to interact with faculty on a more informal basis.  At the conclusion of orientation sessions, including a session with a librarian who explains resources available to students (resources also listed in Graduate Student Handbook, Section #28), new students are asked to fill out an evaluation sheet on the program.  These evaluation sheets are reviewed and discussed by the Graduate Faculty Committee of the Department of History on an annual basis. 

VI. Public History

VII. Certificate in Museum Studies


VIII. Link to XIDS Courses with History Component


 *Note: Assessment results for previous years are located in the Department Office (TLC 3200).