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A Non Tenure Faculty Evaluation System

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.32.1 - 2.32.5



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O. G. Petersen

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Steven Barnicki

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Cynthia Barnicki

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Session 2275

A Non-Tenure Faculty Evaluation System

Dr. Steven Barnicki, Dr. Cynthia Barnicki, Dr. O. G. Petersen Milwaukee School of Engineering


A non-tenure system for faculty evaluation exists at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). All faculty members are reviewed at regular intervals throughout their employment, the timing of the review dependent upon the faculty rank. The procedure consists of a review for renewal that is conducted by a university wide committee that receives input from multiple sources , including the home department of the faculty member. The members of the committee are elected each year by the faculty. Review criteria include teaching excellence, research activities, professional growth, and service to the university. Teaching excellence is the major factor considered during the renewal process.

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a private university that specializes in technical based programs. The university offers undergraduate degrees in engineering, engineering technology, technical communications, business, and nursing and master’s degrees in engineering, engineering management, environmental engineering, and perfusion. The university stresses undergraduate education, with an emphasis on design content, laboratories and small classes. The university does not use teaching assistants. Faculty members teach all classes and laboratories.


The Milwaukee School of Engineering faculty review, renewal and appointment process incorporates both peer review and administrative review procedures at both the department and university-wide levels. This review process is automatic, occurring at intervals that are dependent upon the academic rank held by the faculty member. The faculty member is expected to participate at the appropriate time in this review. Failure to participate is construed as giving notice of intention to terminate employment.

As part of the process, faculty members are also required to submit a plan of professional growth that they expect to accomplish during the future contract period. The faculty members are advised to consult with their academic department chair when developing their professional growth plan.

The process starts in the fall of the academic year. In September, the faculty members who are up for renewal submit a form that indicates their intention to participate in the process. In October, the member submits a packet of prescribed material to the College Faculty Academic Review Committee (CFARC) chair. The packet contains a narrative and supporting material, representative class work and student evaluations. The narrative is an overview of the faculty member from the standpoint of teaching philosophy and effectiveness, service to the department, institution, and community and professional growth.

Petersen, O. G., & Barnicki, S., & Barnicki, C. (1997, June), A Non Tenure Faculty Evaluation System Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6712

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