IDEA Consulting Solutions: Balanced Faculty Evaluation

Start improving faculty performance today - let IDEA staff help you create a comprehensive and fair faculty evaluation process.

Creating a system of faculty evaluation that contributes to a fair and effective tenure and promotion process can be a challenge. Have you encountered these obstacles on your campus?

  • a process that is too dependent on student feedback alone
  • unclear faculty communication on the evaluation process
  • a performance review process that is considered punitive
  • lack of focus on improving teaching or formative development
  • poor preparation by chairs and deans in their evaluation of faculty

how idea can help

IDEA specialists are experienced in helping campuses create a balanced faculty evaluation process that considers an array of data in evaluating how well faculty teach. Faculty evaluation should be comprehensive, and fair, and include the voice of the student as well as other sources of information such as peer feedback, portfolios, or self-reflection. Let us help you develop a balanced process at your institution that fits your campus priorities and needs.

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Consulting Options


  • Single consultation. Work with an IDEA consultant about a particular issue that includes a review of relevant materials and exploration of solutions in two conversations. 

  • Webinar. During a one-hour webinar with as many people on your campus as necessary, our specialists will lay out the strategy for developing a balanced faculty evaluation tailored to the needs of your campus. Participants come away with a game plan for next steps. 

  • Five, one-hour consultations. An IDEA consultant will work with you virtually (phone or web conferencing) to explore the issues facing your campus and to explore solutions over a period of time to allow the opportunity to develop and try-out solutions and make adjustments. 

  • On-campus workshop or consultation. Bring the IDEA specialist to campus for face-to-face consultation or a workshop. During a workshop, our IDEA specialist will explore the concepts behind developing a balanced faculty evaluation process so participants are ready to devise or revise the process on your campus.Time can also be allocated for developing a plan for revising the faculty evaluation process on your campus. 

  • Year-long consultation. Get help as you work to develop balanced faculty evaluation process throughout the year. Year-long consultations start with a discussion with the leader(s) tasked with faculty evaluation and a plan is devised for guiding the campus through a process of revising the process on your campus. The IDEA specialist charged with helping will then come to campus for a one-day review of the process with campus leaders, and then individual and group meetings to finalize a plan for revision. The consultant is then available for web conferences and phone calls as needed through the year to guide the campus to a successful completion of the project.


About Balanced Faculty Evaluation

Feedback from student ratings is just one piece of the puzzle. Other forms of information about instructor effectiveness are needed to create an accurate and balanced evaluation. This is especially true when such evaluations are being used for tenure and promotion, merit pay, and other personnel-related decision making. This balanced evaluation of faculty is crucial to an institution’s success at improving instruction as well as ensuring the fair and meaningful evaluation of faculty.

More IDEA Consulting Solutions Topics

IDEA staff have a wealth of experience, as well as access to research and resources, to assist individual institutions on a variety of topics through our Innovation Solutions

From a simple, one-time phone call to full campus visits and workshops, we offer a number of options for getting help solving specific problems or just getting the ball rolling on campus. Here are a few of our consulting services:

  • Developing an Integrated Curriculum
  • Improving Faculty Development
  • Accreditation Alignment
  • Data Analysis
  • Change and Conflict Management
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