Standard Five: Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
Faculty are qualified and model best professional practices in scholarship, service, and teaching, including the assessment of their own effectiveness as related to candidate performance; they also collaborate with colleagues in the disciplines and schools. The unit systematically evaluates faculty performance and facilitates professional development. Evidence will be provided in this section that supports the statement that Pacific University meets this standard.
Element Four: Modeling Best Professional Practices in Service
The expectations of Pacific University are that all faculty members are evaluated based on their teaching expertise, their quality of scholarship, and their service to both the University and the community. The service component is shaped by each individual’s interest, skills professional organizations, and personal contacts. Collectively, faculty members in the College of Education perform myriad acts of service within the College of Education, across the university, in their disciplines, and in the community. All faculty members are regularly involved in service.
In fulfilling its mission to “transform education through communities of learners” the College of Education actively reaches out to its surrounding communities. Through the Lane County Pathways to Teaching Program developed in November 2005, the Eugene campus has partnered with local school districts, colleges, and universities to establish a program whereby bilingual/bicultural candidates receive a college education and teacher training at little or no cost if they teach for at least three years in one of the cooperating districts upon graduation.
One of our primary goals is to be known as the university where diverse candidates can successfully become teachers. As a result, the COE faculty and alumni established the Touch the Future program in 2001 to foster the development of highly qualified teachers of color. The program introduces middle and high school students of color to university life and to the profession of teaching by bringing them to campus one day a year. Over the years students from the Lane, Multnomah, Marion, and Washington county public schools have attended Touch the Future. We are actively raising endowments for scholarships to be able to help these students attend Pacific University.
Faculty members are actively involved in state-wide in-service workshops on diversity and cross-cultural communication, technology to enhance learning, teaching reading in the content area, and approaches for working with the moderate/severe population in special education. Many Pacific University faculty members model strong community service through participation on state advisory committees and local school boards of education, as well as serving as consultants in support of faculty development and academic programs including diversity, curriculum, special needs, and technology.
All COE programs encompass a strong field-based component that encourages active school and classroom involvement by university supervisors, often resulting in consulting, volunteer work, and support activities. In addition, many COE faculty members are active in their local school districts, serving in such roles as webmaster for the PTA, volunteer SMART reader, and fund raising in order to hire additional teachers. Two COE faculty members started a New Teacher Academy in 2005 to support COE graduates hired in the Washington County school districts. In addition, the COE Alumni Council hosts Student Teacher/Alumni Receptions (STAR) that provide student teachers with the opportunity to obtain advice from alumni on successful first year teaching techniques and job hunting.
A vast number of hours of service are invested in the tutoring, volunteering, workshops, and other professional development opportunities provide to P-12 schools in the region. While the examples in this document are far from an exhaustive list, they provide a snapshot of the types of service performed by College of Education faculty. (University and Community Service)