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Faculty Evaluations

Deb Cook dacook at mediaone.net
Sat Feb 17 09:44:00 EST 2001

It's been a long time since I've lurked or posted, but some things have come up recently that require some discussion in this forum.

My university is attempting to foist a corporate model for performance evaluations on the faculty.  This involves identifying our accountabilities, setting goals and objectives and the like.  Now I agee that some of this is useful and those of us that are or were on the tenure-track are very familiar with this stuff. As faculty we all probably do this almost all the time without thinking too much about it or even writing it down. But we are not selling x widgets in y amount of time or bringing product a to market by date z.  It's the corporate contex and language that is so disturbing.  Another problem is that the executive on loan from a major US corporation probably never read the faculty handbook.  Have any of you out there, especially in North America, encountered this before?  If so what did you do about it?

Deb Cook
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