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Faculty Personnel Policies
Faculty Handbook Revision Effective - September 2001, distributed via e-mail and posted on the website
Distributed again via e-mail ? October 2006
The performance of a faculty member is subject to periodic review by the department chair and by others including the Dean and Personnel Committee. The purposes of review are two: to provide information for decisions on reappointment, promotion, and salaries, and to provide information to assist faculty members with their professional development.
All faculty members are reviewed each year in connection with decisions on salaries. More extensive evaluations are done when consideration is given to renewal of appointment or to promotion in rank.
The official Knox College statement on the criteria for evaluating faculty follows.
As an undergraduate college, Knox is primarily concerned with the effectiveness of the teaching of its students and the maintenance of an academic environment and educational programs which promote learning for student and faculty colleagues alike. Among the aims of utmost importance at the College is that of securing and retaining a faculty characterized by the highest standards. Excellence in teaching, appropriately informed by research and other creative work is a necessary requirement for favorable evaluation. But effectiveness in teaching is not in itself sufficient for the highest evaluation; rather the individual should demonstrate as well superior performance in scholarship and appropriate service to the institution.
A favorable evaluation for tenure requires not merely a judgment that the candidate is satisfactory but a high degree of enthusiasm for the candidate?s qualifications. The case made should not be merely reasonable; it should be compelling beyond reasonable doubt. The demonstration of scholarly competence is an important criterion for the granting of tenure and evaluation will be sought from recognized scholars in the faculty member?s field who are not colleagues on campus.
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