If you are a new or current faculty member seeking information on the handbook, policies, or forms, you can find several of those things here. Current faculty members can find important information on promotion and tenure as well.

We also provide information about research opportunities, university governance, and policy statement forms.

Inclusive Excellence Training and Resources

Faculty are invited to partake in trainings and workshops provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of Inclusive Excellence to strengthen our community and improve the campus and classroom experience. Learn more.

Online Faculty & Course Evaluation

Course evaluations provide an important opportunity for students to provide feedback about courses they have taken. The feedback is sometimes used by instructors to make changes and alternations to course content.

A number of individual Ball State units pioneered this approach for the university over the course of the past several years. In spring 2010, a formal pilot program consisting of about 115 courses tested paperless course evaluations. Since the first summer term, 2010, all course evaluations have been conducted online.

The shift reflects the university’s efforts to trim costs without sacrificing the quality of a Ball State education or degrading student services. The university has realized (and continues to realize) considerable savings (not to mention environmental benefits) by reducing the amount we spend on paper and printing. In addition, changing to online course evaluations frees up considerable time for our student employees, graduate assistants, and staff members to work on other important tasks; provides results more quickly to departments; and increases class time available for other priorities in the last week of the term. Hassles such as finding No. 2 pencils and proctors for evaluations and attempting to decipher handwritten comments are now a thing of the past.

If you need assistance with the course evaluation system, you can contact IOTA Solutions at https://bsu.mce.cc/login.aspx. Under the “My Account” menu, there is a user guide and clicking on “Need Help?” opens a form for submitting questions or issues you may have. You can also send an e-mail to evaluations@bsu.edu or contact the Technology HelpDesk at 765-285-1517.

The core questions (PDF) are those that are asked on every course evaluation across the university, regardless of the department offering the course in question.

Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, departments are able to add whatever questions are appropriate to evaluations for their courses. The core questions will remain on the evaluations for every course.

The option to add your own questions is available one to two weeks before each evaluation period. If you have a class being evaluated in an upcoming evaluation period, you will receive email instructions on how to add and edit questions, as well as preview the form that the students will see for your class. All changes will need to be made prior to the evaluation period opening to the students.

If a student’s Ball State inbox is full, he or she will not receive the notification. Students are informed at Orientation that Ball State e-mail accounts are used for official university communication and should be checked regularly. However, please remind your students to make sure their mailboxes are not full and that forwarding information, if applicable, is accurate and up-to-date. Regardless of whether students receive the reminders, they can visit teaching evaluations directly to access their course evaluations.

When students complete online evaluations on their own time, response rates tend to be lower than for in-class evaluations. Individual course response rates will vary, but are generally between 40 percent and 60 percent. The evaluations can be completed in-class by students using a computer or smart phone provided the instructor is not present in the room during that time. Participation for in-class completion is often 100 percent of the students who are present. Students who missed class that day, of course, would still have the opportunity to complete the evaluation on their own.

The results will be made available within a day or two after grades have been officially recorded. You will receive an email letting you know when your results are available.

Faculty members can see how a single student answered each question along with any comments that were made; however, to preserve anonymity, the identity of that student is not linked to the responses.

Data from each semester beginning with spring 2015 is currently stored and available. Data going back to summer 2010 are being uploaded and will become available in the near future. If you are needing a course evaluation summary report for a semester not currently available, please contact evaluations@bsu.edu.

Direct access to the course evaluation data is limited to the instructor and department chair. Departments and colleges will retain responsibility for determining how the course evaluation data are used for promotion and tenure and other personnel matters, as well as who beyond the faculty members themselves has access to summary reports and other data.

If a student leaves a question blank, his or her response is excluded for that question only.

Yes, students have until the evaluation period closes to open already submitted responses and redo them. Students can submit only one evaluation per class, so their final submission at the time the evaluation period closes will be the only version used.

All classes with an enrollment of four students or more will be evaluated each term. But, although the responses are collected, individual departments may differ on their policies concerning how that information is used for personnel decisions.

Digital Measures solutions are compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. To ensure that evaluation forms are accessible to users with visual impairments, the screens can be used in conjunction with a screen reader. Other disabilities may require accommodations available from the Learning Center or Disable Student Development.

No, there is not automatic access. Department chairs need to submit a request for access to evaluations@bsu.edu.

Whenever instructors swap sections, these changes need to be reflected in Ball State’s official course database. Evaluations erroneously attributed to another instructor will be deleted, as there is no mechanism to reassign data from one faculty member to another.

The TA or GA or someone in your department who has access to all the data will need to provide you with the relevant results.

No, students are not required to submit an evaluation.

Up to three instructors can be listed for team-taught courses. When a student opens the evaluation, the questions are duplicated for each instructor. Each instructor will then receive only the responses to questions concerning him or her.

Taught-with courses are shown in our database as separate courses, even if both meet at the same location and time. If each course has at least four students enrolled, separate evaluations will be done for each part. If one of the courses does not meet the four student minimum, it can be combined with the larger taught-with course provided so that the enrollment threshold can be met. For example, if there were 12 students in a 350 course and 2 students in a 550 course, a combined “350/550” course listing can be created for evaluation purposes so that all 14 students have the opportunity to evaluate the class.

Evaluations will be available for completion near the class ending date listed in the course database. For 5, 8, and 10 week classes, the evaluation period will typically open the week prior to the end of the term. For 15 week classes, the evaluation period will open two to three weeks prior to the end of the term.

Here you will find important information on guidelines and policies you should familiarize yourself with during your time at Ball State.

In addition, there are several forms such as conflict of interest and the confidentiality agreement that you may need to fill out. We also have miscellaneous forms. These documents aren’t necessarily policies, but they are important if you plan to take a sabbatical, have tenure questions, or need information on department reviews.

Faculty and Professional Personnel Handbook

Policy Statements

As a professor at Ball State, there are several policies you should be knowledgeable about. One of those policies includes the pecuniary interest policy. The pecuniary policy gives disclosure to you if you have an interest in a contract or purchase through Ball State that will increase your income or net worth.

Other policies to be familiar with are the conflict of interest and conflicts of commitment policies. The conflict of interest policy provides guidance for recognizing and dealing with conflicts of interest. While the conflict of commitment policies are intended to help employees manage and balance either primary obligations to the university with valuable outside professional activities that have the potential to benefit the employee and promote the mission of the university.  Colleges, departments, and other administrative units adopt additional policies and procedures dealing with the matter as well. The Office of Research Integrity oversees this process the forms are available on their webpage as well.

The confidentiality policy simply states and you will be responsible with all data you have access to. It also explains the tools that you should not use to disclose confidential information.

All other policies can be found in the handbook. However others you should be familiar with include:

  • Policy for the evaluation of teaching
  • Graduate faculty policy
  • Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
  • Policy on grades
  • Policy on Consensual Sexual or Romantic Relationships
  • Equal opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy
  • Anti-Nepotism
  • Intellectual Property 

Our office handles promotion and tenure questions for faculty. While the university does have its own guidelines on promotion and tenure, it is expected that all colleges and departments add additional elements not found in our standard document.

Promotion and tenure for every faculty member are dependent on the particular assignment and are defined by university, college, and departmental documents. Our tenure guideline gives you a detailed overview of the policy. We also encourage you to ask your department for more details.

Special Leave Packet

The purpose of the special assigned leave with pay program is to enable the faculty and professional personnel to carry out with increased effectiveness teaching, scholarly productivity, and public service. Packets are made available at the beginning of fall term in InfoReady.

Sponsored Projects Administration is the place to go for assistance with your research endeavors. Here you can find research opportunities, funding for projects, training and education, and more.

Faculty members may wish to review the following early in their research process:

  • Publications and Intellectual Property Committee
  • Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
  • On Preventing Conflicts of Interest in Government Sponsored Research
  • Faculty research grants


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Assistant Teaching Professor

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Associate Lecturer

Associate Teaching Professor

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At hire

Assistant Clinical Lecturer

Assistant Clinical Professor

First promotion

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Associate Clinical Professor

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Assistant Professor of Practice

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Chart Revised: Sept. 3, 2019