Your junior tenure-track colleagues need to be told that you will be an evaluator of their performance at review times. This is a critical piece of information. You are also required to conduct a year-end conversation each year with each of your untenured colleagues, to review their performance and professional development plans. This complicates your role as supportive colleague and advocate. Yet, you need to do both well. As complicated and thorny as this may seem to you, remember that it is even more so for the untenured faculty members themselves.

A few things that may be helpful, well in advance of formal reviews, are:

  • Recommend the new faculty member regularly administer mid-term and end-of-term student evaluations. Also, recommend that your new colleague share these with you, some other senior colleague, their assigned mentor, or the Director of the LTC. Since you will be conducting the end-of-year conversation, sharing these with you is often the best option.
  • Recommend the new faculty member sit in on a sample of classes taught by senior faculty members, either within the department or outside of the department, and set up a time afterwards to talk about the visit. This takes the pressure off the new faculty member but provides a great opportunity to talk about teaching effectiveness at Carleton. The junior-senior faculty class visitation program coordinated by the LTC can connect junior faculty members with senior faculty members who have volunteered to be observed.
  • Recommend that the new faculty member use the LTC student observer program. This has received national attention, and those who have made use of it report that it is very helpful.
  • Recommend that the new faculty member have a senior faculty member visit one or two of their classes in the first year. While you can offer to observe one or two classes, you will need to be very careful to allow the new faculty member an easy way of saying “no.” If the faculty member is uncomfortable having you observe their classes, encourage them to invite their assigned faculty mentor, the LTC director, or another senior member of your department to visit a class. Whoever observed a class should report respectfully but candidly back to the faculty member as soon after each observation as possible.
  • Offer to look over graded work (tests, quizzes, etc.) or to share yours with your new colleague. Encourage your new colleague to review their grade summary on the Hub, which will help them “norm” their grading patterns compared to the department/program’s and College’s grading patterns.