The Review Team

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Group Visits

The review team will normally consist of one internal reviewer from SIU Carbondale and one external reviewer from off-campus.

The appointment of one internal reviewer is made from a list of five faculty nominees furnished by the unit in consultation with the collegiate Dean. Units must avoid nominating reviewers with potential bias or conflicts of interest with the program or its faculty. Current or former collaborators, mentors, and students of unit faculty and staff are inappropriate, as are past reviewers of the unit (see Guidelines in Program Selection of Preferred Reviewers). The Associate Provost for Academic Programs, in consultation with the Provost, appoints one nominee, as appropriate, to the team. When the faculty member has agreed to serve in this capacity, the Associate Provost for Academic Programs will submit his or her name to the Faculty Senate for confirmation.

External Reviewer Tools:

The external consultant, will assume leadership in writing the review report in close consultation with the internal reviewer. The unit Chair/Director, in cooperation with the faculty whose programs are under review, proposes a minimum of five individuals external to the university who are respected members of their disciplines. In providing these nominees, the Chair/Director and faculty must ensure that there is no potential bias or conflicts of interest. Current or former collaborators, mentors, and students of unit faculty and staff are inappropriate, as are past reviewers of the unit. These names are submitted to the Associate Provost for Academic Programs, who in consultation with the collegiate Dean and the Provost, will make the final decision on the selection of the consultant. When two individuals have agreed to serve, the Associate Provost for Academic Programs will submit their names to the Faculty Senate for approval.

The external consultant is brought to campus for a two-day visit where they will meet with the internal reviewer, tour supporting facilities (such as offices, classrooms, laboratories and the library), and interview the faculty, staff, students, and administrators. They will also collaborate directly with the internal reviewer to draft a single review report. Initial communication with the consultants is handled by the program. The Associate Provost for Academic Programs will follow up with an official invitation, after which the program will make arrangements for travel and honoraria.