UVM Computer Science Annual Review Guidelines


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1. Introduction

In accordance with the Agreement Between the University of Vermont and United Academics (AAUP/AFT) (referred to as the Union Contract hereafter), the annual faculty review will focus on the faculty member's performance during the academic year in which the review takes place but will also take into account the faculty member's performance during the preceding two years.

In late January each year, each faculty member is requested to complete the Annual Faculty Activity Report form (see Appendix A below) by February 15. The faculty may choose to include any additional relevant information.

In April each year, the Chair will meet with the faculty member to discuss the faculty member's performance and the following academic year's workload plan. Before or at this meeting, the faculty member can add any written information to the faculty member's Annual Faculty Activity Report. The Chair will provide a written evaluation for the faculty member at or after the meeting.

2. Percentages of Faculty Effort

The percentages of effort devoted to each of the categories of teaching, research and scholarship, and service, are initially set in the annual April meeting between the Chair and the faculty member for returning faculty, and during the hiring process for new faculty. They are included in the faculty member's workload plan, and can be modified as appropriate or necessary during the following academic year.

The norms for these percentages are given below.

Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor

                Teaching:        40% 
                Research:        40% 
                Service:         20%        

Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

                Teaching:        80%                 
                Service:         20%        

Research Professor, Research Associate Professor and Research
Assistant Professor

                Research:       100% 
The faculty member may wish to focus his/her energy on one particular activity in a particular year. In this case, the faculty member and the Chair should agree upon revised percentages at the annual April meeting and put them in the workload plan.

3. Chair's Evaluation on Annual Faculty Performance

Based on
  1. the workload plan for the current year,
  2. the Annual Faculty Activity Report,
  3. possible additional information from the faculty member before/at the annual April meeting, and
  4. course evaluations and student feedback in the past calendar year,
the Chair will evaluate the faculty member's performance in each of the categories of teaching, research and scholarship, and service, if its percentage in the workload plan is not zero. The evaluation will apply quality indicators in the university criteria (given in the Union Contract) and approved departmental reappointment, promotion and tenure guidelines to review the faculty member's annual performance.

The Chair's evaluation of teaching excellence needs to be reflective of a more comprehensive look beyond just the numerical overall score on the student evaluation forms.

The Chair will also provide one of the following 3 overall ratings on the faculty member's annual performance:

4. Rebuttal and Appeal

After receiving the Chair's Evaluation on an annual performance review, the faculty member may rebut or appeal, following the procedures described in the Union Contract.

Appendix A: Annual Faculty Activity Report Form

Department of Computer Science
University of Vermont

Annual Faculty Activity Report
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Name:

Position/rank:

Secondary appointment (if applicable): 

Year:
(January 1 - December 31)

Date submitted:

Notes: 

 (1) Please submit your annual activity report by February 15.
     If some of the items are not applicable to you, you can either
     leave them blank, or delete them from your report submission.
 (2) One copy of this report will be forwarded to the Dean's Office,
     and another copy will be kept in your personnel file in the
     Department Office.

1. Teaching 

   (a) Please fill out the table, including any computer lab
       responsibilities.

            Semester   Course/Section   Number of Enrollments
      ---------------+----------------+------------------------

   (b) Education development (information about new courses,
       significant course revision, innovative teaching techniques
       etc.)

   (c) Advising:

       (1) Number of undergraduate students advised (do not list
           individual students)

       (2) Graduate students (must be advisor of record)

       (3) Graduate theses supervised to completion (must be advisor
           of record)

       (4) Number of graduate committees (list individual students'
           names)

2. Research

   (a) Research areas:

   (b) Publications (list only those published during the calendar
       year with a complete author list for each publication)

       (1) Refereed journal articles:

       (2) Refereed conference papers:

       (3) Books and book contributions:

       (4) Non-refereed external publications (including invited ones):

       (5) UVM Computer Science Technical Reports:

   (c) Conference/workshop presentations (including invited talks):

   (d) Seminars at other organizations:

   (e) Seminars within UVM:

   (f) Grants and grant applications made (title, PI list, funding
       agency and funding status):

   (g) Current funded projects (title, PI list, funding agency and
       expected completion date):

3. Service

   (a) Departmental committees:

   (b) College and University committees:

   (c) Local community service:

   (d) External professional service (regional and national
       committees, editorships, reviews, etc.):

   (e) Open houses, outreach and related activities:

4. Honors and awards (including society awards, best paper awards,
   student thesis awards, etc.)

5. Other pertinent information.  Please include any further
   information that you consider relevant to this year's activity.