As outlined in Articled 4.4.5 of the Collective Agreement, limited-term faculty members are evaluated in the same way as a tenure-track faculty member. The rationale for this is to make credit granted towards the probationary period possible should you subsequently be appointed to a tenurable position. Therefore, you will find the applicable sections of the Mount Royal University Tenure and Promotion Handbook and the Mount Royal University Institutional Tenure and Promotion Criteria very helpful.
Performance evaluation tends to cause most people some degree of anxiety. In an attempt to alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding the tenure, reappointment, and promotions process, the MRFA, in conjunction with General Faculties Council and other associated committees, has been working hard to clarify and standardize the use and interpretation of faculty evaluations across all faculties at Mount Royal University. It is important to know that the evaluation of faculty, whether for reappointment, tenure, or promotion is to be viewed holistically rather than focused on a single component. Although most articles in the Collective Agreement relate to evaluation of teaching, Articles 10.2.1 (Criteria for Tenure) and 11.2.2 (General Criteria for Promotion to the Rank of Professor) outline the general criteria as being
What exactly is meant by “evidence”? In 2016-2017, the Academic Standards Committee created the Mount Royal University Institutional Tenure and Promotion Criteria (http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/OfficesGovernance/GeneralFacultiesCouncil/TenurePromotionCriteria/index.htm). This provides many examples of the types of evidence that would demonstrate proficiency in teaching, scholarship, and service. Although the list of evidence is extensive, not all types of evidence is appropriate for all disciplines, and not all types of evidence must be demonstrated by each faculty member. Again, these are examples and are not exclusive to other forms of evidence that a faculty member may provide. That being said, Article 10.2.1 makes it clear that faculty must meet the standards in each applicable category (depending on whether you are TS or TSS). Exceeding the standards in one category (e.g., service), does not mean you do not have to meet the standards in another category (e.g., teaching).
Mount Royal University is committed to excellence in teaching. As such there are a number of different evaluation methods used to assist faculty in further developing their teaching skills. Although some of these methods are certainly summative and must be included in the tenure, promotion, or reappointment process, they should also be viewed as formative in that we want to provide our students with the most intellectually engaged learning opportunities in the classroom.