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IX. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer Merit Reviews

The merit review shall be an evaluation of performance and service. The lecturer or senior lecturer under review shall submit copies of their c.v. and Personal Statement to the dean of the faculty and the home department by February 1. These materials, along with student evaluations, annual activities reports, and the department recommendation, provide the Faculty Salary Committee (FSC) with evidence of the individual’s continuing engagement in teaching, community service, and other particulars of the individual’s job as described in both the candidate’s Personal Statement and the department recommendation. In making merit determinations, FSC shall consider performance across the different areas of the individual’s job, while also recognizing that patterns of focus may vary at different points in the career of a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. The categories of merit are distinction, high merit, merit and no merit.

  1. A merit review shall be made by tenured faculty members in the department in which the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer holds an appointment.

  2. When Lecturers or Senior Lecturers so request, they shall receive a merit recommendation also from other departments and from multidisciplinary programs in which they have participated during the period of service under review (but not from the Independent, Interdepartmental, or College Course Programs).

  3. The consideration of scholarship, artistic activity, or other relevant accomplishments shall ordinarily be limited to works whose dates of publication or presentation lie within the review period.

  4. All department and program reviews shall result in a letter that shall not call for a specific amount of increase but shall recommend a category of distinction, high merit, merit, or no merit.

  5. The recommendation summarizing points of view presented shall be written by the chair, after consultation with tenured members of the department or program. All participants in the review shall be afforded the opportunity to sign the letter.

  6. Faculty participating in the review shall maintain confidentiality concerning all aspects of the review.

  7. Copies of any recommendation letters shall be given to the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer under review and placed in their files in the respective department or program as well as in the office of the dean of the faculty.

  8. Above the departmental level, reviews shall be conducted, in the first round, by the dean of the faculty and FSC. In a second round, the president shall join the dean and FSC.

  9. Members of FSC participate in the reviews conducted by their departments, not by FSC.

  10. The merit recommendation and salary figure shall be communicated to the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in writing. A record of the final merit recommendation, but not the salary figure, will be sent to the departmental chair.

  11. In addition to a salary letter, the dean of the faculty shall communicate in writing the results of the review including an assessment of the Lecturer’s or Senior Lecturer’s teaching, service, and other responsibilities. The letter may also suggest a personal meeting with the dean. The Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, in turn, may request a meeting with the dean. The letter shall not be sent to the department but it shall become a part of the faculty member’s dossier for future reviews by FSC, the dean of the faculty, and the president.
    (Approved by the faculty November 16, 2005)