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Departmental Climate Components and Strategies

Component One: Creating a Sense of Intellectual Community

Component Two: Providing a Fair and Full Evaluation

  • Virginia Tech Successful Strategies
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • P&T Good Practices
    • Proposed Qualitative Terms for Use in Faculty Evaluation
    • Sample Written Feedback to a Faculty Member
    • Pre-Tenure Faculty Reviews (including reviews for part-time tenure-track faculty). Section 2.8.2 of the Faculty Handbook
    • Faculty Annual Evaluation and Salary Adjustments. Section 2.9.1 of the Faculty Handbook
    • Guide to Faculty Expectations and Evaluation Procedures, Department of Biological Sciences

Component Three: Providing Effective and Supportive Communication

  • Virginia Tech Successful Strategies
  • Supplemental Materials:
    • Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees
    • Examples of Successful Mentoring Programs in Other Universities
    • Holding Difficult Conversations:
         a. Issue Discussion Form
         b. Sixty Second Opening Statement
         c. Delivering Negative Feedback
    • Communication Faculty Guide, Department of Communication
    • Department of History Statement on an Inclusive and Scholarly Community
    • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Values Survey

Component Four: Providing Effective Policies

Component Five: Focusing on Work/Life Balance