CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,
Department of Political Science
INFORMAL HANDBOOK FOR PART TIME FACULTY
Part time faculty are valued members of the Department
of Political Science, who contribute a special dimension to our students’
education. We are aware that your role as adjunct faculty is
not always easy, as you are balancing many other commitments, and the time
you spend at the University is limited. However, we are concerned
that you should feel part of the Department, and should take advantage
of whatever facilities we can offer. You are invited, but not required,
to participate in Department faculty meetings, and to share in all Department
This informal Handbook is designed to help you to cope
with the policies and procedures of the University and the Department regarding
your employment, and also to help you in making your teaching assignments
both enjoyable and effective.
This year is the first year of a contract between the
California State University and the California Faculty Association which
has formalized and changed many of the rights of part-time faculty.
This Handbook does not deal with the details of the contract, which are
quite complex. A good way of learning where you stand is to refer
to the California Faculty Association Lecturers’ Handbook 2002-2004, or
to check their website at http://www.calfac.org.
You should also check the policies relating to part-time faculty in the
University Policies and Procedures for Faculty Appointment, Retention,
Tenure and Promotion.
The Department of Political Science is committed to treating
all of its part time faculty fairly and considerately. Should you
have any concerns at all, you should feel free to bring them to the attention
of the Department Chair, Dr. Naomi Caiden (323-343-2237 or email@example.com).
1. Getting Appointed.
To teach part-time in the Political Science Department
at Cal State LA you need to apply to the chair with a letter, vita, three
letters of recommendation, an official transcript indicating the receipt
of your highest degree, and any teaching or research related materials
that you feel the part-time committee should review. Once we receive your
materials, the committee will review your materials, and if we feel that
there is a realistic expectation of your being appointed, we will have
you in for an interview. After the interview, you will receive a letter
stating whether or not you are being placed in the part-time pool. Once
you are in the pool, the chair may appoint you to teach courses for which
you are qualified.
You can get a sense of whether you have a realistic chance
of teaching for us if you send a letter of interest and vita to the Department
In general, we require all part-time faculty to have a
PhD in Political Science, except for public administration practitioners,
who have a Master of Public Administration or the equivalent and significant
official responsibilities and experience.
Once you are in the pool, you should talk to the chair
one to two quarters in advance of the quarter in which want to teach about
your availability, courses of interest, hours when you can and cannot teach,
etc. If you have not taught for a while, you should remind the chair with
a phone call or email asking about the possibilities.
Once you are in the pool, you should talk to the chair
one or two quarters in advance of the quarter in which you want to teach
about your availability, courses of interest, hours when you can and cannot
teach, etc. If you have not taught for a while, you should remind
the chair with a phone call or email asking what the possibilities.
To be reappointed, you must apply. Unless you have
a three year appointment, you should expect to apply every year in advance
of the first quarter in which you wish to teach.
You are assigned based on field of specialty, professional
accomplishment in the field, and teaching experience and success.
The priority rules for work allocation to part time instructors are governed
by the current CSU/CFA contract. The Department gives careful consideration
to all applicants.
All appointment letters come from the Dean – when we tell
you that we want you to teach a course next quarter, we are recommending
to the Dean that you be appointed. There are a lot of forms that
have to be signed in the Department office; you will receive word when
you should come by to do them. The SU-6 form, which deals with what
you're teaching here and what you are teaching at other schools, is particularly
important; the later it comes back, the later you get paid. You must
sign and return the appointment letter before you begin to teach.
You are always subject to being cancelled. That
can happen as late as the beginning of the second week of classes, although
our practice in recent years has been to take care of cancellations before
the quarter begins.
See the union contract (http://www.calfac.org)
and literature for the rules on one and three year contracts for part-timers.
2. Now that you are appointed.
A. The quarter system.
If you haven't taught on the quarter system, you will
find it is very fast-paced. There are 10 weeks of classes, and 11th
week for final examinations, and then grades are due in the department
office the next Tuesday. You have some time off at that point (although
for Winter and Spring quarters, it is only 3 days), and then the next quarter
starts. Watch the calendar!
Your quarter by quarter appointment requires that you
meet the 10-week class meetings plus an 11th week final examination.
If you do not meet the 11th week, School of Natural and Social
Sciences policy is that you may not be paid 1/11th of the designated
salary. Final examination times are posted in the Schedule of Classes for
the quarter; check with the Department office or with another faculty member
for more information.
You need a university id -- check with the office staff
on how to get one. Ditto with a parking permit.
You get assigned, and we don’t always have a lot of choice.
But if you have strong feelings about a classroom one way or the other
or you have special needs because of small groups, a simulation, etc.,
tell Ms. Isabel Garza, our Department secretary, or the chair, and we will
see what we can do. Computer labs are difficult to obtain; you need to
request one early if you want one. The Department microcomputer lab,
which is suitable for a visit from a small class, is available as of Spring,
The graduate secretary will notify you of the deadlines
for book orders, usually before the fifth week of the quarter preceding
the quarter you are teaching. You may then either type or e-mail
back your order, which should include:
Place and date of publication
Edition (where applicable)
Your email contact and telephone number
Whether you need a desk copy
Always submit your order with an ISBN; there
are 3 different authors and publishers for the title "We the People"....
Many books have the same titles, and in some areas, there are multiple
editions, etc. If you don't have the ISBN, you can get it from the book
itself or from www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com
(ask Prof. Anagnoson for advice on using these sources if you have not
used them yourself).
You will also need to indicate how many copies you will
need. If the book is out of print or unavailable for any reason,
the Bookstore will notify you directly, and you should immediately take
action to order a replacement, and inform the graduate secretary.
We have a syllabus file in the office so you can see what
books have been used before in the course you are going to teach. This
is FYI only. We don’t have a uniform book requirement in any course, except
in POLS 150, where you must have a book that covers California politics
in addition to your regular textbook or readings.
D. Teaching Assistants.
We have a TA only in the large lecture section of POLS
150, Government and American Society, with up to 190 students. Other than
that, we don’t have any TAs. Of course, the other side of that is that
we theoretically have a maximum of 40 students in any class you are likely
to teach (49 in POLS 150 sections).
E. Enrollment Problems.
Normally we are usually looking for more students rather
than less, but in 150s and 155s and some upper division courses, you can
face an enormous demand the first day. The best way to handle these kinds
of problems is to set a priority list by year, with graduate students and
seniors who have had graduation checks that indicate they need the course
to graduate first, and then let in the students in in order of class standing.
If you have to go a couple of students over your class limit, that is OK.
You let students in by telling the office staff to give the students a
"permit" for the course. These are good for 3 days and allow the student
Students can add courses for the first two weeks. For
underenrolled courses (those not already up to the 40 or 49 limit), they
can add through Star for the first week; the second week they need permits.
If you are unsure what the limit is for your course, ask the chair or department
For overenrolled courses, you control who gets in. And
if you are over the limit, you don’t have to take anyone.
F. Keys, Offices, and the like.
Check with the Ms. Isabel Garza in the Department office
regarding keys and such. She will advise you as to what you can obtain
and most importantly, how much blood you need to offer the university to
obtain same. We have had a problem with part-time faculty ordering keys
and then not picking them up down at the police department – please don’t
order keys unless you are willing to pick them up in a timely manner.
You need a key to the department office if you are teaching
nights or Saturdays when the staff is not present. Check your in-box weekly
for notices, late student work, and the like.
G. Getting Help.
The office staff –Ms. Isabel Garza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and the graduate secretary, Mr. Erwin Delgado (email@example.com).
They are invaluable sources of information. 323-343-2230. Ms. Garza in
general handles all matters relating to faculty appointments; the graduate
secretary coordinates both graduate programs and many student problems.
The chair – Dr. Naomi Caiden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The associate chairs – Dr. Nadine Koch (email@example.com)
323-343-2233 or Dr. Ted Anagnoson (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Feel free to call or email any of them with any problems,
queries, etc. They will be glad to hear from you. Many times we have part-time
faculty from whom we don’t hear anything – we would rather hear from you
on trivial matters than not hear from you at all.
The Academic Senate has the Faculty Handbook up on the University
web site – http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/senate/.
This site contains official personnel policies and performance criteria
on which this Handbook has drawn.
The California Faculty Association is the union for both
full-time and part-time faculty – www.calfac.org
-- This site contains a copy of the union contract for faculty. Haskel
Simonowitz, the part-time faculty member who has taught the longest time
for the Department, recommends that you join.
Police Department for emergencies – 911 or x3-3700 or 323-343-3700.
If the students tell you about backed up toilets, flooded restrooms, or
other sorts of minor emergencies, please report them to the police.
H. When you get paid.
You are invited and welcome to attend Department meetings.
Your attendance, however, is not a requirement. Under the new (1999) union
contract, part-time faculty have a vote on the department arrangements
for awarding "merit" pay, so it is in your interest to attend at least
CSLA pays you according to a separate schedule for each
quarter – for Summer, for example, you get paid 7/1, 8/1, 9/1, and then
the next May first.
I. "Separating" from the university.
University policy requires that part-time faculty who
will not be rehired the succeeding quarter "separate" from the university
before receiving the final paycheck. You will get information about how
to do this toward the end of the quarter.
A. The first day.
Actually, the first day should be more than just a day
to go over the syllabus before going home early. You can do a number of
other things to set the tone for the course. For some ideas, see Richard
M. Felder's "Getting Started," available at http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Columns/Getstart.html.
Another is "The First Day of Class...A Day of Missed Opportunities?" by
the staff of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, available at http://www.unc.edu/depts/ctl/fyc1.html.
You are required to hold places for students pre-enrolled
in the class until the end of the first class session. At that point, they
can be dropped (by the department office) and students at the top of your
priority list can be given permits.
If you are going to be using the University's computer
systems, you need an account and the students need to have Network Information
Systems (NIS) accounts to use the campus labs. Students pick up their accounts
in the Academic Technology Services office, KH D-149. You should check
with the Department office staff on the current procedure for part-time
A written syllabus is required. Here is the official
syllabus policy, from the Faculty Handbook:
Each instructor shall provide information at the first
class session as to the general requirements and goals of the course, and
the general criteria upon which students will be evaluated in that course.
Such information must be made available in the form of a typed or computer
generated syllabus by the second meeting, and preferably at the first class
session. A copy of the syllabus shall be available for review in the department/division/school
office. The syllabus shall include but not be limited to the following:
(1) General course description including course
prerequisites, if any.
(2) Course objectives.
(3) For all general education courses, the
area of the general education program that the course fulfills.
(4) Topical outline of a course.
(5) Requirements - policies and procedures (e.g.,
attendance, assignments, readings) and basis for evaluation (written work,
examinations or quizzes, term
projects, laboratory or field work assignments, etc.).
(6) Grading system and its relation to achievement
of the requirements in (5).
(7) Date and time of final examination.
(8) Instructor's campus location, telephone extension,
e-mail address and office hours.
Here are some hints from one of our faculty -- there
is some overlap with the above:
You are required to provide two copies of your syllabus
for each course you teach at the beginning of each quarter to the graduate
Your name, office, email, phone, office location and hours,
how they can get you when you are not around, where you work other than
Cal State (if you have a full-time job) and all that.
Goals and expectations for the course / requirements – don’t
forget the percentage of the final grade that the term paper, midterm,
and final, or whatever your course requirements are. We have a strong norm
in the department that students should write in upper division courses
– take home finals, in class essay tests, a term paper (be careful about
the length – those 15 and 20 page papers are a bear to grade if the class
is more than 5 or 10 students – 7-12 pages is more the norm).
Outline of the course. You should have a detailed outline,
making sure that the learning objectives, material to be covered in the
course,a nd the readings for each session are clearly set out.
You should include a paragraph in your syllabus with some
thing like “Students with disabilities are reminded of the University’s
Office for Students with Disabilities, which can provide students with
verified permanent disabilities appropriate disability-related services.”
If you are using groups in your course, you should make clear
under what conditions a group can cooperate and under what conditions they
should do their own work.
Grading and exam procedures
Policy on attendance
Policy on plagiarism
Policy on cheating
Outline of the course
Readings for each section of the outline.
Suggested topics for the term paper, if applicable
Whether plus and minus grading is used in the class (most
POLS instructors use plus and minus grading)
What style manual they should use for the term paper
And the like....
It is sometimes difficult to get students to use the
reserve system in the library; the norm has become books they can buy or
copy or whatever.
Web based readings are fine and encouraged, but perhaps
a third to half of your students will have trouble accessing anything but
the simplest web site. Be prepared to help them before or after class.
Expense of books – always an issue. The more expensive,
the less likely they are to purchase (and read, unfortunately) the books.
If you want to do a collection of readings, either the
University Bookstore or the Student Book Mart, located on Eastern Avenue
just off campus, will take care of the copying and copyrights. Be
careful; the copyrights can be more expensive than the copying, making
in some circumstances for an expensive collection.
We have a Risograph machine (a Risograph is a fancy computerized
mimeograph machine) in the office that you can use to run syllabi, handouts
(some instructors have outlines and handouts for many if not all of their
classes), and individual articles if you want. It costs about $1 to make
the master for each page, but then the copies are a penny or so each or
even less in large quantities. So it is relatively inexpensive to do this
if you are making more than 15 or 20 copies.
D. Making copies of things.
It’s generally self-service, unless you are one of those
rare people who gets his or her syllabi and handouts done at least a week
before they are needed. Check with Ms. Isabel Garza for current policies
and the availability of a student assistant.
E. Office hours.
You need to notify the Department Secretary of your office
hours before the quarter begins. Department policy is that part-time
faculty are required to hold office hours for one hour per week per 4-unit
class. If you must miss your scheduled office hours, please notify the
Department office in advance, and if possible, place a note on the door
of your office.
F. Audio-Visual Equipment.
Overhead projectors -- we have three in the Department, although
many of the classrooms we use have overhead projectors and a TV/VCR combination
unit. Check with the office staff if you want to borrow one from
4. What the students expect.
Hard question – they certainly expect you to be there
(nothing is more frustrating than having no instructor and no one in the
Department who knows where that person is – use your cell phone from traffic;
let us know what is happening so we can tell people who ask).
We have a laptop with a projector that can be used for your
or student presentations (PowerPoint, etc.). It has Office 97 on
it (Excel 2000 and PowerPoint 2000 files can be read). Faculty can
borrow the unit; not students.
They expect you to be prepared. And to be knowledgeable
and enthusiastic. And reasonably well-organized. Willing to lead a discussion,
answer questions, pose interesting questions....
In short, they expect you to be Plato’s philosopher-king.
Some students will want to record your class to play
back later. Most faculty do not object to such recording, provided that
the tape is only for that particular student's use.
You might want to look at the form the students will
use to evaluate the course at the end; ask in the Department office, or
check out the Academic Senate www site (it is at the back of the Faculty
Handbook -- http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/senate/
Disabled students -- will have a memo from the
Office for Students With Disabilities. See the memo from the university
administration that goes to all faculty each quarter on this subject, or
ask other faculty.
5. What we expect.
The Department Part-Time Committee will review your
results once a year and recommend to the chair as to whether you should
be retained in the part-time pool. We review:
Every year in Winter quarter you will be sent a personnel
information form to report on what you have done that year. We will also
inform you of the date when files close, which is the last date you may
place anything in the file. You can also use the Faculty Activity
Report for this purpose as well. You can report more than just Cal State
LA activities – teaching at other universities, stuff from a full-time
job, whatever. We are looking for instructional activities, professional
activities, and other contributions to the university. As a part-timer
you are not likely to have many "other contributions," but you are expected
to remain professionally active, presenting papers, publishing, attending
academic meetings, belonging to academic organizations, the normal kind
Your syllabi (the Department part-time committee requires
that you place them in the file as one of the 3+ items that we are required
to use in evaluating your teaching)
The student opinion surveys
A report on a classroom observation carried out by a full-time
tenured faculty member of one class each year
The grade point average for the course (written in the upper
right corner on the official copy of the summary of the student opinion
survey and automatically placed in your file)
Anything else teaching-related you choose to put in your
Your research/professional progress and record
Your other contributions to the university
You need to take the completed form together with your
syllabi and anythign else you wish to place in the file to the Dean's office.
Keep a copy for yourself.
Here’s the inside scoop on what we are looking for:
We review part-time faculty for range elevations -- levels
C-D are reviewed by Committee A in the Department (which also reviews Associate
Professors for promotion to Professor) and levels L, A-B are reviewed by
Committee B (which also reviews Assistant Professors for promotion to Associate
A quality syllabus, one with goals, readings, exam strategies
spelled out, your expectations, student policies, the whole bit.
We expect that you will use college level readings and that
your course will look like a college level course at other universities.
We expect that you will be on campus and in your office for
office hours and in your classroom for class. If you cannot be on campus
for your class, we expect you to call the office and tell them what to
tell the students.
We expect you to teach for the class hours assigned.
We expect you to use essay exams – non-multiple choice exams
– in your upper division classes. Most instructors in POLS 150 use a combination
of multiple choice and essay exams.
We expect you not to give too many high grades, unless you
have one of those rare classes that truly is brilliant (the last one recorded
was in the 1970s). On the other hand, if the students have done really
well, they should not be penalized because you want to have a lower GPA.
We expect you to keep up professionally in the area in which
you are teaching – to know the more recent literature, to be active professionally
We epxect you to be responsive to students requests as far
If you are working on your PhD, we expect you to show progress
and will ask for a letter from your advisor from time to time to demonstrate
that there is progress.
6. Exams – midterms and finals.
Most classes have a midterm, paper, and final, especially
at the lower division level. Sometimes instructors don’t use midterms in
upper division classes; sometimes they do.
You are required to have a "final class meeting," even
if that is a class session during the normal time for the final exam and
the students simply present their term papers for 5-10 minutes each.
If you want to give your final exam at an earlier time
than what is posted in the Schedule of Classes, you must get the
Chair’s and Dean’s signature of approval first.
As a general rule, the Department office will not accept
final examination or term papers, except by prior notification or on an
exceptional basis. Students should give in their papers and examinations
directly to you, and if, as an exception for some reason, they are given
into the office, you should make it clear that this is at the students’
own risk. You should also advise students to keep copies of their
work. The office will not receive faxed papers.
7. Grading and grade distributions.
The university now uses plus and minus grades from A
to F. You are supposed to notify the students that plus and minus grading
is being used on your syllabus.
The average GPA for the university is between 2.2 and
2.5 for lower division courses; between 2.5 and 2.8 for upper division
courses, and about 3.0 to 3.3 or so for graduate courses. Of course, it
depends on the size of the course, the nature of the material, the level
of the students, and a bunch of other variables. Be flexible, but please
don’t be too easy.
Please check the final roster you receive to ensure that
all your students are included. If any name is missing, please inform
the department secretary immediately, and an individual grade roster will
be issued. Otherwise, the student will receive a RD grade, and you
will have to fill out a grade change form later.
If you give an "incomplete," you must fill out an "Incomplete
Agreement Form" signed by instructor and student, and submitted with the
final grade roster (this is a pain in the neck; we don’t recommend giving
incompletes, and some instructors refuse to give them altogether). Be sure
you are available via email or phone for the student to consult with when
making up the incomplete at some point during the next year, i.e., do not
assign an incomplete if you are going abroad or are not available for consultation.
Once work is completed, please be prompt in changing the grade.
You can have different standards and requirements -- in
fact this is a good idea -- in 400 level classes for undergraduate vs.
8. Paper requirements.
Anywhere from a 3-5 to perhaps 8 or so page paper for
lower division courses seems appropriate. Upper division courses range
from 7-8 to perhaps 10-12 page papers. Some instructors require really
long papers, but these seem to impose a distinct burden on the instructor
for grading and many students at the university have a great deal of difficulty
with excessively long papers.
University General Education courses are required to have
a writing assignment aside from the midterm and final exam, even if the
midterm and/or final are essay in nature and/or take-home.
You should expect the students to write clearly and logically,
to assemble evidence consistent with their topics and in a way that is
appropriate for their level (first year, senior, graduate, etc.), to be
able to argue appropriately to the topic and level of the paper, to turn
the paper in on time, and the like. Obviously student abilities differ
considerably, and in a university like Cal State LA with its large population
of non-native speakers, you will find the range of your papers to be quite
heterogeneous, to say the least. On the other hand, because of their different
backgrounds students often see things in a different and often unusual
light from what you may have experienced elsewhere.
We have had epidemics of students turning papers in late.
You can encourage them to turn materials in on time by having a penalty
for late papers, but we have found that there are still students who turn
work in late regardless of penalties.
9. Student Opinion Surveys
Required in every class. The office staff will give
you the materials at the beginning of the last week of class. You are
REQUIRED to leave the room while the students complete the survey.
Best results are often obtained by doing the survey in
the middle of the last or second-to-last class period – don’t wait until
the end as students will wish to depart and will often do so without completing
the survey. At the same time some of them may show up late the last day,
so the beginning of class is also not advantageous.
A copy of the survey results (but not the original questionnaires,
which are returned to you and you alone) will be placed in your personnel
file, with the GPA for the class written on the survey results in the upper
10. Student Grade Grievances.
We don’t have a lot of these, but sometimes students
grieve grades – they are allowed to do so only on two grounds: that your
grading is arbitrary and capricious, or that you are prejudiced against
them on the grounds of race, religion, gender, etc. The office has guidelines
on how they should proceed, and you are welcome to a copy. If a student
grieves a grade and you do not respond to the grievance, the student wins
The official rules do not permit the chair or department
grievance committee to change a grade; only the instructor or the Dean
can change a grade, and the Dean will not do so until the School grade
grievance committee reports, or if there is an appeal, the University grade
grievance committee reports.
You are required to save student written work for one
year after the end of the course. You can do so in your office on campus
(if there is room) or some place else. You can also return papers and exams
to students if you want (that is your decision).
11. Turning in Grades.
Grades are due on Tuesday after final exam week at 5
p.m. in the Department office. If you are late, you may have to fill in
individual slips with name, student id number, course name, course number,
etc., plus the grade, for each student. This is not very interesting after
student #2. Be ye warned.
12. Sick leave.
You actually earn sick leave. If you teach one 4-unit
course, you earn sick leave at the rate of 4/15th of a day per
month. If you have a break in service for 10 months or more, you lose any
sick leave you have accumulated.
Department policies on the evaluation of part-time faculty are attached
to the bottom of this document.
14. Meeting With the Chair.
You should meet with the chair on a quarterly basis
regarding your progress and your interests in teaching in the future.
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
REVIEW OF PART-TIME FACULTY
1. All part-time faculty who have taught during any quarter
of the academic year shall be formally reviewed by the Part-Time Personnel
Committee and the Department chair every spring quarter.
2. Formal reviews of part-time faculty may be made at
other times upon the request of a member of the Part-Time Personnel Committee,
the Department Chair, or the part-time faculty member.
3. The Department Chair shall informally review each part-time
faculty member prior to every reappointment.
4. In the beginning of Spring Quarter, all part-time faculty
who have taught during the academic year shall be sent a notice announcing
that they will be evaluated, given the criteria that will be used in the
evaluation, and asked to update their personnel file in the Dean’s Office
prior to the date announced for the closure of the file. Part-Time
Personnel Information Forms will be distributed for their update.
Faculty who do not respond to the annual request for updating their personnel
files will be deleted from the part-time pool, effective at the end of
the current academic year.
5. The evaluation/review must include student opinion
surveys, grade distribution, current syllabi, and reports on classroom
6. A classroom observation shall be conducted once a year
by tenured member(s) of the department faculty. Procedures are the
same as for full-time faculty (see p. 10-2). Criteria are as follow:
A. General Information
Instructor’s name, course name, number and title, quarter
and date of visit, class size and physical setting (e.g., large lecture
hall or seminar room)
B. Organization of Material
C. Approach and Pedagogy
Stated agenda of the day and learning objectives at the beginning
of the meeting.
Introduced new material skillfully
Linked past topics to present material and showed a coherent
link to future material
Presented material relevant to the course and in a purposeful
and coherent manner
D. Substance/Knowledge of Subject matter
Used active learning approach
Showed enthusiasm for subject matter
Presented material in a dynamic fashion
Encouraged critical and constructive thinking
E. Interaction With Students
Gave factually correct information
Used examples/illustrations related to the subject matter
Was clear and precise rather than vague and ambiguous
Was balanced in presenting controversial issues
F. Presentation and Communication Skills
Seemed to welcome questions
Treated students’ points of view seriously
Recognized and respected different points of view and values
Knew students’ names
Complimented students for asking good questions or making
The faculty member has the right to respond to classroom
visitation reports within 7 days of their receipt. This statement
shall not require that evaluation deadline be extended.
Spoke audible and clearly
Emphasized major points
Effectively used blackboard and other visual aids
Was cognizant of differences in students’ academic preparation,
i.e., presented the same material at different levels of complexity and
sophistication if appropriate.
7. Criteria for evaluation for teaching will be the same
as those for full-time faculty (see p. 8-1). Criteria for currency
in the field will be based on professional achievement, together with syllabi,
recent receipt of Ph.D. or other relevant advanced degree, or relevant
practice and activities from the part-time faculty member’s regular employment
(see p. 8-2)
8. Academic (as opposed to practitioner public administration1)
faculty who do not possess the doctorate must maintain satisfactory progress
toward completion of the Ph.D.
9. Academic (as opposed to practitioner public administration1)
faculty will be reviewed in the categories of educational performance and
professional achievement in the same manner as tenure-track faculty.
The educational performance of practitioner public administration faculty
will be reviewed in the same manner as the educational performance of all
other faculty. Grading practices of all part-time faculty will be
reviewed in the same manner as tenure-track faculty.
10. The professional achievements category of practitioner
public administration1 faculty will be reviewed giving consideration to
such things as: professional advancement in his or her administrative position;
special community or professional recognition which enhances the standing
of the part-time faculty member and/or the CSULA Department of Political
Science and its programs (these may include awards, office in national
organizations of a professional nature, appointment to or participation
on regional, state or national committees, or other public recognition);
completion of additional formal study or acquisition or relevant advanced
academic degree; professional publication.
11. If the performance of a part-time faculty member is
satisfactory and the faculty member is otherwise eligible, a recommendation
for a step increase will normally be made after the quarter in which the
faculty member completes 36 units of instruction.
12. At the end of each academic year, the Part-Time Personnel
Committee members shall review the official personnel files in the Dean's
Office and prepare a written evaluation. This written evaluation
shall be signed by all members of the committee and given to the part-time
faculty member being evaluated. The part-time faculty member has
seven days to respond in writing or request a meeting with the committee.
13. After seven days, the chair of the committee shall
attach the response, if any, to the evaluation and submit it, whether signed
by the faculty member or not, to the Department Chair for placement in
the official personnel file in the Dean's Office.
14. If the faculty member being reviewed requests a meeting
with the committee, the committee shall honor the request as expeditiously
as possible, but this request does not require a waiver of the seven days
15. The second level of review shall be done by the Dean
of the College.
16. After the evaluation is completed, the official files
of the faculty members in the part-time pool will be reviewed each quarter
by the department chair, who will recommend to the Dean whom to hire.
Part-Time Faculty Handbook
Version 4.0, February, 2003
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