THE SEARCH FOR A USABLE PAST
Preciso and Sandoz
FACULTY STATEMENT OF MUTUAL EXPECTATIONS
We agree to:
Share equally the work and responsability for the success of The Search
for a Usable Past
Afford each other the dignity and professional courtesy inherent in the
assumption of equal competence and expertise.
Joli is looking forward to learning from Susan about encouraging and evaluating
student writing, and about the literature and literary context of the 1850s,
1890s and 1950s. Susan is looking forward to learning from Joli about 1990s
planning and research skills, and the roles of sport and religion in the
culture of our target decades. We both are glad to be teaching with another
person who can help with the planning, implementation and evaluation of
a challenging year-long task.
Remain open to each other--talk directly to each other and with honesty
about problems and tensions. As part of our commitment on this point, we
will not talk to students about the other faculty, and students who surface
an issue with the other faculty will be advised to speak to her directly.
(We agree to advise the student that s/he may request to meet with both
of us together, and to attend such a meeting.)
Give each other honest feedback on teaching matters, when one of us specifically
Meet regularly (minimum of an hour a week) to discuss program content, planning,
and how things are going, and an additional hour weekly to seminar on readings.
Meet during Week 10 or eval week each quarter to assess how things are going
according to this list.
Maintain a mutual understanding that this is a 20-25 hour a week job, and
that we each have additional projects and lives away from the college. We
will evaluate curriculum-related ideas in this light.
Susan Preciso has agreed to be Program Coordinator, with the understanding
that Joli Sandoz will share equally in program administration tasks. These
tasks as we expect them now include:
Budget, Student Records, Liaison with Deans, Business Meeting Agenda, Faculty
Seminar Agenda, Advising of Students, Approval of Seminar Group Switches,
Enrollment of New Students, Equipment and Supplies, Book Orders, Changes
in Planned Curriculum; Liaison with Computer Center, Academic Advising,
Writing Center; Space and Scheduling, Supervision of Student Aides, Visiting
Speakers, Field Trip Arrangements, Communications to Students, Keeper of
Each student and faculty member shares equally in the communal responsibility
for how well this program works as a learning environment.
DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS OF 'SEARCH' PARTICIPANTS
1. Excellent class attendance starting on time, lasting the entire class
2. Thorough preparation for class and seminar
3. Class and seminar facilitation
4. Return written assignments promptly, usually within a week of receipt.
Comment on assignments at student request.
5. Maintain reappointment portfolio which includes among other items copies
of materials developed for class sessions, student evaluations of faculty,
faculty evaluations of students, and student self evaluations.
6. Take active responsibility for our actions.
7. Reflect on the learning environment and process, and on student and faculty
8. Available by appointment for student conferences; check phone and e-mail
twice a week for messages.
1. Excellent class attendance starting on time, lasting the entire class
period. Rare circumstances may mean you miss an occasional meeting, but
your attendance is otherwise required. More than one unexcused absence may
affect the number of credits you receive for the quarter. Consistent lateness,
including late return from breaks, and regularly leaving class early will
be construed as lack of commitment to the program and assessed accordingly.
2. Thoughtful completion of readings, assignments, and preparation notes
and papers prior to the class at which they will be discussed.
3. Active participation in discussions and class activities, to the level
of one's comfort. Respect for diversity of opinions and individuals. Attention
to process issues, such as the dignity of other students and faculty and
the involvement of all participants in discussion. Demonstrated acceptance
of the fact that discussions, seminars and other group activities are not
spectator sports, but thrive on mutual support.
4. Complete and submit all written work and assignments on or before the
due date. Late work will be accepted only in unusual circumstances, and
not at all without prior arrangement after class ends Wednesday of Week
10 of any quarter. Note: Keep a copy of all work you hand in.
5. Your portfolio, due to faculty the last day of class each quarter, should
contain at a minimum all of your written assignments for the quarter. You
may pick up your portfolio outside of your seminar faculty's office door
beginning Monday of the week after evaluation week. Please make alternative
arrangements with faculty if you need it returned to you by another method.
6. Take active responsibility for your learning. At Evergreen, faculty are
facilitators and co-learners, not the sources and gatekeepers of knowledge.
a. Ask questions.
b. Prepare for class discussions and seminars; read the material and think
c. Take the initiative to seek help from faculty and the various academic
support services offered at Evergreen, as needed.
d. When the opportunity is offered, tailor assignments to your interests
e. Write your own notes and papers.
f. Provide honest, thoughtful feedback to faculty/other program participants
7. Take active responsibility for your actions.
a. Be aware of how your actions affect the learning environment of others.
b. Listen, respond courteously if others disagree/voice conflict with your
c. Work to sustain an atmosphere of civility, goodwill, and mutual respect.
d. Acquaint yourself with and abide by the principles of the Evergreen Social
Contract and the Sexual Harassment Policy.
8. Reflect on the learning environment and process, and on your learning
a. To receive any credit for 'Search', you must complete a self evaluation
each quarter. A fairly complete draft will be due to faculty as part of
b. Faculty will occasionally expect you to complete feedback forms or questionnaires.
This is one of your opportunities to affect the quality of education at
c. To receive credit for The Search for a Usable Past, you must complete
an evaluation of your seminar faculty and submit it during class Wednesday
of Week 10 each quarter, as part of your portfolio.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Full and partial credit
Students who successfully complete all class requirements (including but
not limited to attendance and participation, learning documentation such
as papers and assignments, and required formal evaluations) will be granted
full credit (8 credits) for each quarter of the program. Faculty may grant
less than full credit for successful partial completion of class requirements.
In keeping with Evergreen's policies, faculty determine the amount of credit
awarded. If you are unhappy with their action, you may appeal first to the
program faculty and then to Susan Fiksdal, Academic Dean. There may be a
time limit within which you can appeal.
Please note that the award of full credit does not automatically result
in a positive evaluation. You earn credit by fulfilling minimum requirements
and standards. The evaluation concerns the actual quality of your work;
it's possible, in other words, for a student to receive both full credit
and an evaluation describing poor quality work. Because attendance is only
one of several program requirements, it's also possible to attend regularly
but receive no or reduced credit because of unsatisfactory or missing work.
Incompletes cannot be granted in part-time programs. Because faculty for
part-time classes are hired on a program-by-program basis, there is no guarantee
your faculty members will be working at Evergreen when you finish a project
or other classwork, if that happens after the program has ended. In unusual
circumstances only, faculty can grant less than the full amount of credit
for class requirements partially (and successfully) completed.
'Search' operates on the assumption that an 8 credit program at Evergreen
will require 20 hours of activity per week in class preparation and attendance,
and out-of-class assignments. Faculty also assume that you take your work
here seriously, and will invest time and energy to produce significant results.
Students are expected to seek help from faculty when serious difficulty
exists with the pace or content of the program. One helpful tool faculty
may ask you for in the event of workload difficulties will be a weekly log
of time spent on program-related activities.
LATE ASSIGNED WORK
Assigned work must be completed and submitted on time, except in unusual
circumstances. Written work will not be recorded as completed until it meets
the program's minimum guidelines; you have the option to redo any written
assignments for reevaluation by faculty, provided the revised assignments
and your first attempt are handed in by Wednesday of Week 10. Work cannot
be accepted after the end of class on Wednesday of Week 10.
Two evaluation documents will be produced for each student each quarter
(one by your faculty, the "faculty evaluation of student"; and
one by you, the "student self-evaluation"). In addition, you are
required to write a "student evaluation of faculty" every quarter
for your seminar faculty.
Your evals of your work and of your seminar faculty must be turned in as
part of your portfolio each quarter. (We do not read students' "eval
of faculty" until we have written each "eval of student".
You can give us your evaluation of faculty in a sealed envelope if you wish,
but please put your name on the outside so we can give you credit for turning
it in when we check you off on our lists.)
Your Evergreen transcript will include a faculty evaluation of your work
in a program for which you receive credit. The faculty evaluation of student
becomes "official"--that is, it becomes a physical part of your
transcript--when you exit the program. If you take 'Search' for three quarters,
faculty will write interim evals at the end of fall and winter, and a final
eval which incorporates the interim evals and includes the final quarter
at the end of spring. The latter is what goes in your transcript.
Your self-evaluation will become part of your official transcript only if
you choose to put it there. You must type it on the official form, sign
it, and give it to faculty for submission to the Registrar if you want it
in your transcript. Informal self-evals are required each quarter; formal
self-evals are usually written only at the end of the quarter after you
leave the program.
Your evaluations of faculty members become part of their portfolio, which
is considered in personnel decisions. The Part-Time Studies dean checks
to be sure every student in each program completes an evaluation of faculty
because they provide data for re-hiring decisions.
EVALUATION PROCEDURES (cont.)
All evaluations must be typed and signed; the student self-evaluation must
be put on the official form if you want it to go in your transcript. Computerized
formats for all evals are available in the Computer Center. Hard-copy forms
can be obtained from Student Advising, Library 1401.
Faculty will work to foster a learning environment free from sexual harassment
(see Evergreen's Sexual Harassment Policy) and from discrimination. In keeping
with Evergreen's policies, we will not tolerate sexual harassment nor discrimination
with respect to race, sex, age, handicap/disability, sexual orientation,
religious or political belief, or national origin, in ourselves or other
members of the program. Offenders will be asked to leave the program. Program
participants who feel seriously offended by others are urged to raise the
issue with that person first when possible. (See below.)
A student may be asked to leave the program if her or his behavior is consistently
disruptive to the learning environment of others and/or to the progress
of the program. A student asked to leave who wishes to appeal may do so
by arranging to meet with the faculty. College grievance procedures (see
below) are also open to students.
Civility, goodwill and collaboration are key to Evergreen. In an academic
environment, each individual must be free at all times to voice personal
opinions and judgements. But freedom is never easy; it requires acceptance
of responsibility and recognition of others' rights as well as one's own.
The idea that conflict should first be dealt with face-to-face grows from
Faculty may be consulted as part of a resolution process for student-to-student
disagreements. Faculty may provide advice, support and mediation in disputes,
but will encourage interaction between the disputants. Faculty should also
be consulted if possible in attempts to resolve student-faculty conflicts
within the program. In such case, of course, students may also contact the
Part-Time Studies dean, Susan Fiksdal, 866-6000, ext. 6329.
A college-wide grievance procedure exists to address unresolved grievances.
Consult the campus grievance officer, Helena Meyer-Knapp, 866-6000, ext.
6549. Evergreen also has confidential mediation services available to students
and faculty, 866-6000, ext. 6656
Please do not wear perfume, aftershave or other artificial fragrances to
class. Evergreen has a policy recognizing that many people are sensitive
to them. In addition, tobacco and wood smoke can cause breathing problems.
Please follow Washington State's suggested regulations for public buildings
and do not smoke within 25 feet of doors, air intakes and windows. And if
possible, don't wear tobacco or wood smoke-saturated clothes to class. Thanks
for your consideration to other program members.
ACCEPTANCE OF AGREEMENT
Program faculty assume by your continued registration in 'Search' that
you have read, understood, and agreed to this covenant and any attached
sheets, and to jointly-developed groundrules.
THE SEARCH FOR A USABLE PAST 1997-1998