The deans in consultation with the Faculty Congress have adopted one of the primary outcomes of this project: the Villanova University Statement Documenting Impacts of COVID-19 on Faculty Scholarship, Teaching, and Service which will accompany all faculty tenure and promotion materials at all steps of the evaluation process. This statement clarifies expectations for how current policies should be implemented in the context of pandemic impacts. Each candidate’s record should be evaluated in the context of this statement, which documents in detail tangible and intangible impacts, lost opportunities, and externally imposed constraints on faculty productivity that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The intent of these instructions is to ensure that faculty career progression at Villanova will not be seriously delayed or disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional recommendations brought forth from this process have been taken up by the relevant bodies.
- The Council of Deans is committed to ensuring that diminished scholarship productivity will not adversely impact teaching loads for the coming academic year.
- The Academic Policy Committee in consultation with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, will continue its evaluation of the CATS.
- VISIBLE will develop and continue professional development opportunities around the topic of equitable evaluation.
Other specific recommendations from this project provide additional support for work being done longer term, and within the strategic plan, such as assessment of faculty workload and service across the University, identifying resources to support faculty scholarship, and engaging to review faculty evaluation processes at Villanova.