Review of Faculty

Annual Administrative Review and periodic Peer Review of faculty members is an important part of our commitment to making USC Upstate a University of Choice for faculty and staff, students, and the community. Regular, periodic review ensures that all faculty members receive timely mentoring advice from unit administrators, deans, the provost, and peer reviewers. Constructive review feedback supports a culture of continuous improvement and professional development in all areas of teaching, scholarly and creative activities, and service. 

Types of Review

  • Adjunct Faculty complete regular, periodic self-evaluation and review surveys with their unit administrators. Reviews are completed the first spring term after hire and every three years thereafter. 
  • Instructors and Senior Instructors complete regular annual administrative reviews, including an updated CV, with a focus on teaching/librarian effectiveness. In addition to teaching, instructors and senior instructors are reviewed on their Scholarly/Creative Activities and/or Service Activities.
    • Review policies and procedures are described in the Faculty Manual. 
    • Senior Instructors may be eligible to request an exemption from annual review, but they are required to complete at least one review every three years. An updated CV is required along with the request for exemption. 
  • Tenure-Track faculty members complete regular annual administrative review and periodic peer reviews, covering teaching/librarian effectiveness, scholarly/creative activities, and service. 
    • Review policies and procedures are described in the Faculty Manual.
    • Faculty who have completed another review portfolio (e.g. third-year review, promotion and tenure, post-tenure review) earlier in the year may "import content" from their previous portfolio. 
    • Tenured faculty may be eligible to request an exemption from annual review, but they are required to complete at least one review every three years. An updated CV is required along with the request for exemption. 
    • Peer Review of Faculty is completed at stated intervals in a tenure-track faculty member's career, including in the third-year, years in which the faculty member applies for promotion and/or tenure, and years in which the faculty member undergoes periodic post-tenure review. See the Faculty Manual for details. 

Reviewing Platform

Reviews are conducted using the Chalk and Wire platform. Faculty members may access the platform directly or may enter through the CAIFS-PROFESSIONAL-DEVELOPMENT Blackboard course. 

Annual Review Guides

Promotion and Tenure Guides