The Role and Responsibility of Faculty and Chairs in Achieving Results

The standard practice in academia is to measure every tenure track-faculty member by the same yardstick. Each is expected to engage in teaching, research, and service activities. Most department chairs have some manner by which they assign points to the activities that their faculty members carry out during the academic year. These are reported at the end of the year by each faculty member in what is typically referred to as a Faculty Annual Report (FAR) document. The department chair applies his or her weights to the reported activities to come up with an overall evaluation. These assigned weights can be negotiated between the chair and faculty member, based on university ...

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