Instructor Evaluation Policies
Dual credit faculty are evaluated regularly in accordance with the State of Missouri Dual Credit Policy and established institutional policies and procedures (see 7.5, MDHE Policy on Dual Credit). In order to ensure dual credit courses being offered on the high school campus are equivalent to courses being offered on the MSSU campus, site visits are required. During a site visit the MSSU Academic Department Chair (or designee) will travel to the high school campus to observe the High School Dual Credit Faculty Member actively teaching the MSSU dual credit course. High School Dual Credit Faculty and the MSSU Academic Department Chair (or designee) will coordinate site visit timelines together. Each time a site visit is conducted the Site Visit Form must be completed and submitted to both the Office of Academic Outreach and the High School Dual Credit Faculty Member. The Academic Department Chair (or designee) should schedule a time with the High School Dual Credit Faculty Member to discuss the observations from the site visit. Every effort should be made to discuss the site visit and submit the Site Visit Form within five business days of the completion of the visit. The Site Visit form can be found on the MSSU intranet site. Site visits are tracked by the Office of Academic Outreach. MDHE site visit frequency: “Regular on-site course evaluations at the high school should occur once a year for the first two years for new faculty. For all faculty, evaluations should occur a minimum of once every two years.”
Per the MSSU Faculty Handbook, adjunct faculty are formally evaluated each semester, or at least once per academic year in cases where adjunct faculty member may teach for both fall and spring semesters for teaching/job performance. Annual reports of student performance and feedback should also be utilized and analyzed with respect to the continuation of the dual credit faculty member. All performance evaluations shall be conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth in the MSSU Faculty Handbook. Performance evaluations may be conducted by MSSU personnel during a site visit, or as a separate visit, as a means of offering a professional development opportunity to the High School Dual Credit Faculty. These evaluations are used by Academic Department Chairs and Deans in order to recognize strengths, address any weaknesses, and offer suggestions to enhance the quality of the course; they are used to continually improve pedagogy, which can enrich the student learning experience. Existing departmental/institutional forms should be used to conduct evaluations. All forms and documentation of follow-up meetings, discussions, etc. should be submitted to the Office of Academic Outreach and the High School Dual Credit Faculty Member within five business days of the completion of the evaluation. Evaluations are tracked by the Office of Academic Outreach.