Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (PEAR) Reviews

PHYSICAL EDUCATION, ATHLETICS, AND RECREATION (PEAR) REVIEWS

There are several types of PEAR reviews depending upon the length of service of the faculty member and the previous review. The different types of reviews are a third-year review, sixth-year review, and a continuing review. The exact review schedule depends upon when the faculty member may be coaching and will be developed individually. PEAR third-year reviews follow a format similar to the academic third-year reviews and PEAR sixth-year reviews follow a format similar to the academic tenure reviews with the following modifications:

Third-Year Reviews

  • The student evaluation questionnaire and cover letter are modified to fit the PEAR department faculty duties.
  • All senior faculty in the PEAR department participate in the departmental assessment of the faculty member undergoing the review. They will visit classes, practices, and competitions and give feedback to the faculty member.
  • In addition to the polling of the faculty member’s list of students and graduates plus the random list generated by the Office of Institutional Research, we will poll all graduates and undergraduates who were on the relevant team(s) during the review period.

Sixth-Year Reviews

  • The student evaluation questionnaire and cover letter are modified to fit the PEAR department faculty duties.
  • All senior faculty in the PEAR department participate in the departmental assessment of the faculty member undergoing the review. They will visit classes, practices, and competitions and give feedback to the faculty member.
  • In addition to the polling of the faculty member’s list of students and graduates plus the random list generated by the Office of Institutional Research, we will poll all graduates and undergraduates who were on the relevant team(s) in years 3, 4, and 5.
  • We will always ask for an extra-departmental letter from someone in the Admissions Office, to be suggested by the faculty member undergoing review.
  • The Dean will solicit three external letters from a list of at least six outside professionals suggested by the faculty member under review. These should be competing coaches or people with whom the faculty member has conducted workshops, served on a conference or NCAA committee, worked on a clinic, etc.
  • After the FPC has discussed the case, the Dean will write a letter to the candidate.

Continuing Reviews

Continuing Reviews for PEAR faculty follow a format similar to the sixth-year PEAR reviews with the following modifications:

  • A subset of three senior faculty in the department are proposed by the Chair of the department and the faculty member undergoing review to the Dean of the College to serve as the review committee. The Dean will write a letter to the review committee to confirm that they are willing to serve as members of the review committee. The Department Chair/Athletic Director will serve on each review committee, in addition to two other senior faculty member of the department. There will be a different membership for subsequent reviews of the same person. Committee membership will be shared equitably around the department. (For the Department Chair/Athletic Director’s review, the MIAC Faculty Athletic Rep will participate in the departmental assessment; the rep will visit classes, practices and competitions and give feedback to the faculty member.)
  • Committee members will visit classes, practices, and competitions and give feedback to the faculty member.
  • In addition to the polling of the faculty member’s list of students and graduates, we will poll all graduates and undergraduates who were on the relevant team(s) in the prior five years and a sample of students generated by the Office of Institutional Research who have taken activity classes in the prior five years.
  • The Dean will solicit two external letters from a list of at least six outside professionals suggested by the faculty member under review. These should be competing coaches or people with whom the faculty member has conducted workshops, served on a conference or NCAA committee, worked on a clinic, etc.
  • Two members of the FPC will read the candidate’s dossier.
  • After the FPC has discussed the case, the Dean will write a letter to the candidate.

Polling of students and graduates for all PEAR reviews will occur during the summer. The dossier will be completed and circulated during Fall Term. The dossier will go to the FPC committee during Winter Term to complete the review.