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Updating Faculty Evaluation for the Better

March 23, 2022

A new report from the TIAA Institute says that faculty appointment and evaluation systems at many institutions rely on outdated or inappropriate definitions of excellence and work—and that change is possible. Author KerryAnn O’Meara, a professor of higher education and distinguished scholar-teacher at the University of Maryland at College Park (and an occasional opinion contributor to Inside Higher Ed), advocates reforms such as adding multiple pathways to tenure, a “tenure by objectives” approach and improving working conditions for non-tenure-track faculty. These reforms, in turn, contribute to institutional goals including teaching excellence, diversity and academic leadership, the report says.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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