8. (67) Course evaluations are examined in relation to faculty performance evaluations.
Not Observed Insufficient Moderate Use Meets Criterion Completely
Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTE)
The California State University uses a uniform student evaluation form – Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTE). All classes taught by part time faculty are evaluated each time taught. Tenure track faculty must evaluate two classes a year. The results are provided to the faculty members and to the Director. An overall standard of a 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale) is expected. If a faculty member fails to reach this after 3 attempts they are not retained. The Director’s review is also reviewed by the Associate Dean of the College.
Following are the SOTE rating questions:
Demonstrated relevance of the course content
Used assignments that enhanced learning
Summarized/emphasized important points
Established an atmosphere that facilitated learning
Was approachable for assistance
Was responsive to the diversity of the students in this class
Showed strong interest in teaching this class
Used intellectually challenging teaching methods
Used fair grading methods
Helped students analyze complex/abstract ideas
Provided meaningful feedback about student work
A tenured faculty member conducts peer reviews of all part time faculty using a peer evaluation form. Her reviews form part of the Director’s annual assessment of part time faculty.
Retention, Tenure, Promotion
Full time faculty are reviewed via the University’s Retention, Tenure, Promotion (RTP) guidelines http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/faculty-handbook/rtp
Full time tenure track faculty are evaluated over a 6 year period.