FAR Workshop Re-cap

Faculty new to campus expressed a strong interest in receiving support in navigating the Faculty Annual Review process.  The Brown Center hosted two workshops in December.  Those workshops are re-capped in brief below


(these individuals are available to answer your questions)

  • Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, ALANA’IA
  • Andrew Larson, Professor of Music and Interim Associate Dean for School of Music
  • Carolyn Nicholson, Professor and Dennis C. McNamara, Sr. Endowed Chair of Marketing; Chair, Tenure & Promotion Committee
  • Rajni Shankar-Brown, Associate Professor and Jessie Ball duPont Chair Social Justice Education
  • Julia Metzker, Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence

By the end of this session, participants will be able to…

  • describe the FAR and explain its role of the FAR in tenure-promotion and merit review process
  • interpret the FAR schedule and feedback process
  • compose an appropriate FAR narrative identify and assign appropriate artifacts as evidence to support the narrative
  • contextualize impediments honestly and
  • critically self-evaluate teaching, scholarship, and service/leadership with respect to expectations for tenure-promotion
  • The narrative is key:  Use the narrative to bring context to the work you’ve done and the choices you’ve made about professional development.
  • Write for your audience: Remember that this document will be read by professionals both in and out of your discipline.
  • Use the FAR as reflective practice:
    • Faculty new to Stetson, working with a single semester of work may wish to use the FAR as an opportunity to engage in reflective practice by writing about how what they’ve learned in their first semester has defined their plan for future.
    • Use the FAR as an opportunity to show how you are adapting, changing and growing as a scholar-teacher (in addition to a list of accomplishments and activities)
    • Think of each FAR as a chapter in a book.  What is the theme of this year’s chapter and how are you using that to plan for where you want to be in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years?
  • Get critical feedback:  Ask someone in your department and someone outside of your department to review your FAR and tell you what they see.
  • Stay accountable: Don’t wait until the last minute.  Find an accountability buddy so you can keep each other on track.

The FAR merit rubrics applied for determining merit have been revised to more strongly align with the tenure and promotion rubrics.  These new rubrics will go into effect in the 2017-2018 academic year.