Posted: April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

The English Department received at its Division Meeting last Friday the following directive from the dean through its chair:  “Evaluations this semester are due April 26 for full time faculty and by May 10 for part time.”  This is curious–and wrong–for two reasons:

1.)  The contract specifies (and has always specified) that peer evaluations are due by the 13th week of the semester:

Management Evaluation Component
7.8 Management evaluations shall be conducted for regular faculty in the evaluation cycle for the academic year (semester for temporary faculty) and shall include the results of the peer review committee process when the results are submitted by the end of the 13th week of the semester.

The date that the Humanities dean gave English (and other divisions within her cluster), April 26–this Friday–is the end of the 14th, not the 13th, week.  I’m speculating she has been doing this for years.

2.)  Further, there is no contractual provision that delineates one date of completion for full-timers and one for part-timers: all peer evals must be completed by the 13th week.  The different due dates are a unilateral imposition made by management that is in violation of the CBA.

So, what does this mean?  It means that any peer evaluation not completed by the 13th week is in violation of the contract, and hence, due process, and may be grieved by the faculty member evaluated.

One might ask how this has been allowed to continue.  Oh, wait.  Dead.  The contract is dead.  So, apparently, wild, wild Cuesta can do anything it wishes–unless we and you stop it.

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