External Review Guidelines for Candidates & Deans
Faculty undergoing reappointment evaluation for a 5-year or 10-year contract must undergo evaluation by an External Reviewer as part of the process. Evaluations by accomplished professionals who are not a part of the UNCSA community provide a valuable element in assessing the accomplishments of faculty. External evaluations must be solicited and reviewed in the form of letters of evaluation. The purpose of these letters is to provide an independent and unbiased assessment of the individual’s creative activity/research, teaching, and service work with a focus on local, regional, and national engagement and recognition within the discipline.
Selection of External Reviewers
Reviewers should be highly regarded and recognized professionals in the candidate's field and able to evaluate the quality, productivity, and significance of his/her professional activity. Reviewers may be individuals who know the candidate through professional interactions. External Reviewers may not be members of the UNCSA faculty, and should be selected so as to minimize the possibility of conflicts of interest; actual, potential, or apparent. Outside reviewers should not be selected from among those with whom the candidate has had familial or close personal relationships.
Nomination of External Reviewers
Using the External Reviewer Nomination Form for Contract Reappointment Evaluation, candidates should recommend at least five reviewers to their dean. Candidates will provide brief bios of the proposed reviewers including their professional/artistic credentials, most recent professional accomplishments, and a summary of their creative activities and scholarly work. If reviewers who have had significant previous contact with the candidate are recommended, reasons for that choice should be presented in sufficient detail to facilitate a reasonable and fair decision about the approval of the reviewer.
Following the submission of the External Reviewer Nomination Form for Contract Reappointment Evaluation, the Dean will review the list and identify the approved reviewers. The dean will work with the candidate to select a minimum of three from whom reviews will be solicited.
- At least one approved reviewer will be from the list submitted by the candidate.
- The second reviewer will be selected jointly by the Dean and faculty member, and may or may not be drawn from the submitted list.
- It is the Dean’s discretion to select the final reviewer from the submitted list, or an External Reviewer of his/her own choosing.
- The Dean and the candidate may also select two alternates to ensure the participation of three External Reviewers.
- If the list does not provide a sufficient number of approved reviewers, the applicant and Dean will add additional names until a sufficient number of External Reviewers are approved.
Solicitation of External Reviews
Note: All contact with the reviewers is to be done by the Dean.
The dean will send the Request for External Review Letter for Contract Reappointment Evaluation to at least three nominees requesting their participation. In this letter, the External Reviewer will be asked to comment on the quality, quantity, impact, and creativity of the candidate’s accomplishments. The letter also informs the External Reviewer that his/her letter will become part of the personnel file of the candidate, and that, accordingly, the letters may be examined by the candidate upon request. These emails should be sent from the Dean’s UNCSA email address and should be retained until the evaluation process has concluded.
If the External Reviewer accepts the request, the Dean will send a formal request for external review using Instructions for Confirmed External Reviewers for Contract Reappointment Evaluation via Interfolio RPT. The instructions include a link to the External Reviewer Evaluation for Contract Reappointment Evaluation form.
The External Reviewer will be given access in Interfolio RPT to the following materials from the candidate’s packet:
- Student Course Evaluations
- Annual Evaluations
- Supplemental Support
If less than three External Reviewers are available, the Dean will return to the list of nominees for other potential reviewers. If necessary, additional names will be added as needed to help ensure a minimum of three participating External Reviewers.
Inclusion of External Review Letters in the Evaluation
External Reviewers will be directed to upload the External Reviewer Evaluation for Contract Reappointment Evaluation to Interfolio RPT as part of the Contract Reappointment Evaluation case.
By rule and ethics, all solicited external evaluation letters received are to be included in the candidate’s portfolio for review at the departmental and university levels. The arrival of a late letter does not affect subsequent deadlines, and the dean, and provost are not obligated to re-evaluate a candidate in the event an external evaluation letter arrives after the stated deadline.
The Dean or designee, will complete the Final List of External Reviewers for Contract Reappointment Evaluation and upload it to Interfolio RPT for inclusion in the candidate's case by the published deadline.
Advice for Identifying Appropriate External Reviewers
Work with your dean and/or appropriate individuals at UNCSA to determine the best and most appropriate mix of peers outside of the university setting. The following questions may help you identify appropriate External Reviewers:
- Are they from academic, arts, or practice organizations?
- Are they familiar with your field(s) of service, teaching, or engaged creative activity/research?
- Have you met and established some relationship with a potential reviewer?
- Are they familiar with your areas of initiative?
- Do they understand the definition and value of engaged and sustained activity?
- Will they write about your local, national, and/or international excellence in one of your three areas of evaluative criteria?
- Will they write about the impact your work has had on your artistic, academic, or professional communities?
- Can they document experience with specific examples?
- Will they write with integrity about your integrity, commitment, passion, engagement, long-term projects and/or engagement with specific communities?