Activity Reports

Introduction

At this time the Executive Committee requests that you update your activity file in preparation for the annual review by the Executive Committee. The deadline for completion is April 8, 2019.

The review of activity reports by the Executive Committee is part of the mandated regular activities of the department. The review is the basis for deciding about raises and about research-based teaching reductions for tenure-stream faculty. Tenure-stream faculty are guaranteed a 2+1 teaching load and do not have to apply for one if any of the following conditions hold at the time you file your annual report:

  • The Department has already agreed that you will have this load.
  • During the next academic year you will have a non-tenured tenure-track appointment in our department.
  • During the next academic year you will have a tenured appointment in our department, and, moreover, an external research grant either supported at least one month of your salary in the summer of 2019 or definitely will support one month of your salary in the summer of 2020.

For your activity file, please provide an activity report and a CV with a list of publications. You are welcome to provide additional materials. I encourage you to use the standard LaTeX template for your activity report. The template is available here.

Be sure to provide whatever information you want the Executive Committee to consider.

The EC reserves the right to allocate a 0% raise in case no activity report is received.

Further information about the procedures that the Executive Committee will use to evaluate the annual reports will be provided later this spring.

New in 2018-2019

The EC is considering on a trial basis a new method for evaluating faculty teaching, involving several options. Please note that all faculty must choose at least one option.

The first option is to provide ICES teaching data as in past years. The EC asks this year that each faculty member indicate explicitly whether or not they wish to provide ICES data for the annual review.

A second option is to fill out an inventory of best practices for instruction. Faculty who are interested in having their teaching evaluated according to this method should complete the inventory, available here, for each course taught in 2018-2019. Please note that not all inventory questions may be relevant for all courses taught. The inventory provides numerous opportunities for additional comments or clarification, or other information about teaching. Instructors are welcome to fill out the inventory separately for each course which they have taught, or to join like courses together.

Providing ICES data and completing this inventory are two separate methods for documenting teaching effectiveness; faculty may choose to use either or both of these methods. The EC will determine the ``T:Classroom Instruction'' component of the R+S+T score using the higher score provided by these two methods.

Finally, any faculty member who does not wish to have their teaching evaluated by either of these two options is welcome to provide their own documentation of teaching effectiveness. Please note that the EC will not visit individual faculty members' classes as part of the annual review process.

Changelog

2019-03-20

The Inventory of best practices for instruction form is now active.

2019-03-17

The activity template has been updated. The Executive Committee is considering on a trial basis this year a new method for evaluating faculty teaching. The use of this new method is optional; faculty who wish to have their teaching evaluated as in past years are welcome to provide ICES data for that purpose. Faculty who are interested in having their teaching evaluated according to this method should fill out the inventory using the following webform: Inventory of best practices for instruction form.

2018-03-13

The activity template has been updated to include the following in the Teaching and advising section:

Mentee accomplishments (e.g. Ph.D. student/postdoc awards, accepted papers, presentations; undergraduate student awards, papers, presentations, posters).

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