A Process for Faculty Hiring
Tasked by the President with developing a process for
determining which disciplines would get new faculty, the Vice Presidents,
faculty, deans and institutional research office worked to develop a workable
model. The model has been tested once
and refined. All involved believe the
model will evolve over the next few years and become even more useful.
A team of 4-5 employees is
formed to sift through the data, hear concerns from administration and faculty, and make a
recommendation to the President. The
team at CVC consisted of the VPI, a faculty representative from each
a representative from the IR office, and one other administrator.
Step 1. The team
examines relevant data and shares the data with instructional deans.
Step 2. Each
Instructional Dean makes a presentation to the team discussing their
prioritized list of faculty they would like to hire for the coming year. They address the data as well as a set of
questions designed to account for subjective factors.
Step 3. The team
decides on one prioritized list to present to the President who, with input
from the business manager, makes the final decision.
Data presented to the team
by the research office for all disciplines taught at the college:
Excel spreadsheet with the
following variables by discipline –
* % growth for the past 5
* % growth for the past 3
* projected future growth, 3
faculty to contact hour ratio
* cost factor
Each variable is given points
so that each discipline receives a score.
The disciplines with the highest scores would theoretically be most in
need of new faculty.
Questions addressed by
each Instructional Dean for each discipline where new faculty
1. Are there faculty in
other disciplines who do not have a full load that can teach in the requesting discipline? If yes, determine the number of contact hours
these faculty could teach in the requesting
2. Describe any release time contracts given to
full-time faculty in the requesting discipline and the work being accomplished
under this release time.
3. Does the current faculty staffing in the
discipline preclude offering student demanded courses or services? If yes, explain.
4 Are there pedagogical
issues involved in requesting new faculty for this discipline such as -
expansion of knowledge in the discipline or specific expertise
distance learning issues
hiring effective adjuncts
5. What is the consequence of not hiring a new
full-time instructor in this discipline?