[CAFR-L] Have you guys seen this?

Vokey, John vokey at uleth.ca
Fri Jan 27 21:50:20 MST 2012


Bryson,
  I beg to differ.  Just follow the handbook.  You can't be faulted for that.

On 2012-01-27, at 9:44 PM, Bryson Brown wrote:

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> Seems he meant it when he announced he would 'bend the handbook to his will'.
> 
> I think it might be worth taking this to ULFA and starting up a pre-emptive grievance.  If the President and the rest of the administration continue to support this Dean even as he's blatantly declaring the handbook null and void when it gets in his way, then it's time to fight it out.
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> Bryson
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> On 27/01/2012 8:45 PM, Daniel O'Donnell wrote:
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>> Our chair: this was passed last DAC. Whatever "passed at last DAC" means. It doesn't mean anything normally when it tries to constrain administrative behaviour. But it apparently does when it doesn't.
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>> I'm pretty tired of all this. I say we none of us hand in any "official" evaluations and take it on on appeal and grievance.
>> 
>> -dan
>> 
>> On 12-01-27 07:48 PM, Vokey, John wrote:
>>> Dan,
>>>   What is your source for this?
>>> 
>>> On 2012-01-27, at 7:38 PM, Daniel O'Donnell wrote:
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>>>> Has anybody seen this yet?
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>>>>> Student evaluations: (a) probationary and Term Appointment members -
>>>>> student evaluations for all courses; (b) continuing and tenured
>>>>> members - at least one evaluation for each level of course taught
>>>>> during the two-year biennial evaluation cycle. Student evaluations
>>>>> must be conducted using the Faculty-approved questionnaire. For each
>>>>> course evaluated, the Department Chair or other Assessor shall
>>>>> provide a fair summary of the raw data to the member, and shall
>>>>> provide this fair summary to the Dean’s Office, as supporting
>>>>> documentation for the Chair or other Assessor’s assessment of the
>>>>> members teaching performance.
>>>> 
>>>> The key sentences of this are at the end:
>>>> 
>>>> Student evaluations
>>>>> must be conducted using the Faculty-approved questionnaire.
>>>> 
>>>> For each
>>>>> course evaluated, the Department Chair or other Assessor shall
>>>>> provide a fair summary of the raw data to the member, and shall
>>>>> provide this fair summary to the Dean’s Office, as supporting
>>>>> documentation for the Chair or other Assessor’s assessment of the
>>>>> members teaching performance.
>>>> 
>>>> This is a major, unnegotiated, revision of the handbook and a major infringement of academic freedom. a) We do not get a fair summary, we get the complete evaluation; b) There is no requirement that we use the (appalling poor) A&S evaluation; c) /We/ decide what goes to the deans office, not the chair or the dean; d) We cannot be required to introduce an administrative document into our pedagogical space: if (for example), we consider the A&S form to be disruptive to proper pedagogy--as one might, given how badly it is written and how out of step it is with current research on best practice in course evaluation--are the deans and chairs say we need to wreck our class anyway?
>>>> 
>>>> My God! This is worse than normal.
>>>> 
>>>> -dan
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