The Professional Standards Committee is an elected, standing committee of the Arts & Sciences Faculty which is responsible for professional evaluation and development for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The role of PSC is described in the Faculty Handbook Section IV: Policies and Procedures of the College of Arts & Sciences and in Section V: Bylaws of the College of Arts & Sciences. This page excerpts portions of those documents that pertain to the Professional Standards Committee.
Bylaws of Arts & Sciences
The Professional Standards Committee is referred to in the Bylaws in Article VII: Standing Committees of the Faculty as follows:
Article VII: Standing Committees of the Faculty
Section 2. The Professional Standards Committee
Responsibilities. The Professional Standards Committee shall have primary authority and responsibility in all policy matters dealing with the criteria and procedures for professional evaluation, professional leave, and research and professional development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Committee advises the President and Vice Presidents on the administrative structure of the College of Arts and Sciences, including the creation and elimination of administrative positions and the appointment, evaluation, and professional development of administrators.
Membership. Membership of the Professional Standards Committee shall consist of ten voting members: eight elected from the faculty (four at large and four divisional, the latter of whom shall be elected from within the division they represent) and two students chosen by the Student Government Association. The students shall be appointed at the beginning of the academic year and remain on the Committee for a period of one year. The Dean of Arts and Sciences serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member.
Article VIII: Faculty Evaluations
D. Procedures for Evaluation of Candidacy For Tenure and Promotion
Section 4. Candidate Evaluation Committee Structure and Evaluation
For candidates with an appointment in more than one department or program, the Candidate Evaluation Committee, with the advice of the candidate, will add to the Committee one more tenured faculty member, or non-tenured faculty member if a tenured faculty member is unavailable. This faculty member should have greater familiarity with the work of the candidate outside the department to which the candidate was appointed. If such a faculty member is unavailable, the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee will select a tenured faculty member to serve on the Candidate Evaluation Committee.
E. Appeals on Decisions of Tenure and Promotion
Section 2. Appointment of the Appeals CommitteeThe Appeals Committee consists of three tenured faculty with the rank of Professor, serving staggered terms of three years. The Professional Standards Committee, upon the approval of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the President appoints these three members. The Appeals Committee will include no members of the Candidate Evaluation Committee or the Faculty Evaluation Committee.
F. Evaluation of Tenured Faculty
The Candidate Evaluation Committee, with the support of the appropriate Dean, is charged with the responsibility of encouraging improved teaching and professional development for all members of the faculty. Tenured faculty will normally be evaluated every seven years, two years before their eligibility for a sabbatical. Exceptions may be recommended by the appropriate Dean, with the approval of the Professional Standards Committee.
Policies and Procedures of Arts & Sciences
The role of PSC is further explicated in the Faculty Handbook Section IV: Policies and Procedures of the College of Arts & Sciences. The mentions of PSC in that document are as follows:
C. Faculty Policies and Procedures
Individual Development Grants
These awards to encourage faculty professional development are granted on a competitive basis. The award may be applied to travel, tuition, or other expenses involved in development activity. Although there is not necessarily an expectation of publication resulting from such professional development projects, it is expected that Rollins College will benefit, for example, by improvements in the faculty member's teaching. Examples of projects funded by such grants include participation in workshops or purchase of minor equipment. Proposals must be submitted to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Proposals may be submitted at any time; however, requests for support for summer projects should be submitted by the end of the first week of the spring term preceding the summer project. The Dean may seek the advice of the Professional Standards Committee in the evaluation of these proposals.
Course Development Grants
These grants are designed to encourage the development and preparation of new courses that are cross-disciplinary or exceptionally innovative. Proposals are to be submitted to the Dean of Arts and Sciences, who may seek the advice of the Professional Standards Committee in the evaluation of these proposals. Proposals for a course to be developed in the summer must be submitted by the end of the first week of the spring term preceding the summer project.
Faculty Research Grants
Research grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and it is anticipated that the results of these projects will lead to a publication, performance, or exhibit, or the presentation of a paper at a professional meeting. Proposals must be submitted to the Professional Standards Committee by the end of the first week of the spring term preceding the summer project.
Scholarship of Teaching Grants
Scholarship of Teaching at Rollins College addresses issues of teaching and learning through a cycle of reflection, experimentation, assessment, application, and communication. Faculty engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching focus on specific goals; use recognized and appropriate methods of experimentation, analysis and integration; and make their results available for peer review and collaboration. The Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching supports Scholarship of Teaching by making information and examples available (see Web site below); by arranging consultations and discussions about faculty projects; by providing stipends for this extra dimension of faculty work; and by asking the faculty recipient to share his or her findings through presentations and publications.
Proposals will be submitted to the Johnson Institute by April 15 for beginning a project in the fall and by October 15 for beginning a project in the spring. The time frame of the project is self-determined. Half of the grant is received when the proposal is accepted and half when the final report is submitted. Members of the Professional Standards Committee will judge the proposals.
The Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award
Selection Process: The selection committee for these awards - proposed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences for approval or amendment by the Professional Standards Committee - is made up of five faculty members and an alternate.