Appendix A: Examples of Activities

To be used in conjunction with the position description in evaluating CALS faculty for promotion and/or tenure or continuing status. These lists of examples are not intended to be exhaustive, inclusive, or rank-ordered.

Instruction Activities—Both Formal and Non-formal

  • Teaching regular course offerings
  • Teaching in non-formal venues, including workshops, seminars, and field days
  • Providing professional development to community groups
  • Developing course materials
  • Developing replicable systems of instruction (e.g., designing TA-assisted courses)
  • Developing new courses/labs
  • Developing distributed education offerings
  • Coordinating a multi-faceted course
  • Clinical teaching/independent study/tutorials, developing curricula
  • Supervising independent study, graduate and undergraduate research
  • Implementing innovative technology for instruction
  • Developing and applying educational innovations in and out of the classroom
  • Providing meaningful feedback to students and volunteers on their work
  • Supervising interns and internships
  • Teaching laboratory and/or field-based courses or sections of courses
  • Mentoring undergraduate students
  • Advising undergraduate students on programs of study
  • Advising student groups
  • Serving on master's or doctoral committees
  • Advising/mentoring graduate students
  • Advising about clinical training programs
  • Advising about career planning
  • Designing/developing courses to be taught using distributed techniques
  • Participating in student recruitment, orientation, and retention activities
  • Supporting, advising, mentoring Cooperative Extension volunteers
  • Advising community groups
Sources of Evaluation Input
  • Student evaluations of teaching
  • Peer review
  • Self-evaluation
  • Unit head assessment
  • Administrative support personnel
  • Teaching assistants
  • Input from Extension advisory boards
  • Input from clientele
  • Specialists' evaluation requires input from agents.
  • Adoption of curricular or teaching materials at other institutions
  • Special honors or recognition for teaching excellence or innovation

Scholarly Research/Creative Activities—Including Applied Research

  • Books
  • Refereed journal articles
  • Monographs, technical reports, etc.
  • Exhibiting paintings, sculptures, and other creative arts
  • Staging, directing, or acting in musical, theatrical, and dance productions
  • Reviews
  • Software/media
  • Refereed electronic material
  • Citation counts
  • Presenting exhibitions
  • Invited/contributed presentations/performances
  • Invited/contributed papers
  • Poster sessions
  • Producing deliverable systems
  • One-person exhibits in museums or prestigious galleries
  • Placement of work in museums
  • Commissions received
  • Performances with leading professional organizations
  • Performance of works by others
  • Chapters in books
  • Maps
  • Abstracts
  • Patents
  • Editing of books and special issues of journals
  • Non-refereed publications (including electronic material)
Ongoing Research
  • Basic investigations (theoretical/applied) in progress
  • Investigations of educationally relevant problems
  • Obtaining outside support for projects, especially through peer-reviewed proposals
  • Patents and technology transfer
  • Grants, contracts, in-kind donations
  • Clinical research in progress
  • Needs assessment and prioritization
Sources of Evaluation Input
  • Faculty review committees
  • External peer reviews of activities
  • Self-evaluation
  • Unit head assessment
  • Agencies supporting the activity
  • Collaborators
  • Awards/honors
  • Achieving advanced degree/certifications, etc.
  • Special recognitions for professional accomplishments
  • Prizes for juried competitions
  • Awards for compositions

Service Activities

Faculty Service
  • Serving on unit, college and/or university committees
  • Serving in the Faculty Senate
  • Chairing of any committee (student, faculty, etc.)
  • Serving as a sponsor for student activities and/or groups, volunteer organizations affiliated with Cooperative Extension
  • Administrative assignments
  • Mentoring other faculty
Professional Service
  • Activity in professional organizations
  • Consulting to organizations/corporations
  • Consulting to universities/colleges, etc.
  • Editing of journals
  • Organization of conferences and symposia
  • Serving on committees for federal and state government agencies or on boards
Public or Community Service/Outreach
  • Participating in local, state or national civic activities and organizations
  • Applying one's academic expertise in the local, state or national community
  • Working with elected officials
Sources of Evaluation Input
  • Faculty review committees
  • External peer reviews
  • Self-evaluation
  • Unit head assessment
  • Administrative supervisor
  • Faculty and staff colleagues
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Statewide clientele, including public agencies, grower groups, etc.


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