Improving Faculty Evaluations: A Training for Department Chairs

Last updated July 22, 2020

Improving Faculty Evaluations: A Training for Department Chairs

Last updated July 22, 2020

Make your next round of faculty evaluations easier and more productive.


Faculty evaluations are one of the most challenging aspects of serving as a department chair. Emotions run high, performance rubrics aren’t always clear, and both parties may become defensive and react more than they listen. Still, these conversations don’t have to be difficult, and they don’t have to take a negative tone. They key is to develop an evaluation process that establishes clear goals, uses objective data to assess those goals, and allows you to treat performance-related issues before your annual meeting.

Join us online to learn how to make your next faculty evaluation session easier and more productive by implementing four key steps:

  • Goal Setting and Communication
  • Using and Applying Evaluation Data
  • Phrasing Comments Appropriately
  • Delivering Feedback

Who should attend?

Current department chairs, program directors, and anyone who will be stepping into a similar role evaluating faculty will find this session valuable. Deans interested in mentoring or leading department chairs in their evaluations will also benefit.


After reviewing common challenges chairs encounter when providing feedback to faculty, we will discuss the four necessary steps to leading an effective faculty evaluation:

  • Goal Setting and Communication: Use checkpoints and self-evaluations to assure that support is being provided in areas where a faculty member may be struggling.
  • Using and Applying Evaluation Data: Guide the conversation with notes and metrics that support your performance-related decisions.
  • Phrase Comments Appropriately: Maximize language that identifies places for growth and next steps for getting on track.
  • Delivering Feedback: Organize a meeting that lets the concerns of both parties be heard while still maintaining your authority as chair.