Department Policy and Governance


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Policies and Procedures for All of Us


The English Department listservs are  

The department listservs are designed to support the research, teaching, and working functions and intellectual engagement of members of the department. The five listservs combined reach a broad and diverse audience of nearly 400 readers. The following recommended practices aim to help us use the listservs efficiently and respectfully as a shared online space.  

  1. Determine whether the listserv is the most appropriate medium for posing your question, concern, comment, or announcement. Could you write a direct email or stop by someone’s office to convey the information? If the information is only tangentially related to the department or unrelated to it, could you instead post your message through a non-business service, such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter?  
  2. Include a descriptive subject line for your message.  
  3. For announcements that would benefit the entire department, include all five listservs (listed above). Narrow the audience of your message to fewer listservs when appropriate.  
  4. Announcements of personal publications should be submitted to our Research and Scholarship form for inclusion in our monthly “Research and Scholarship eDigest”.
  5.  If your message is intended for a specific recipient, email that recipient directly—even if the conversation began as a message to the entire listserv.  
  6. Please do not forward personal emails from another party without the sender’s permission.  
  7. The university allows employees to use its computing resources for minimal personal use that does not interfere with work. But users should “refrain from using those resources for personal commercial purposes or for personal financial or other gain.” For more information, see the university’s Responsible Use of University Computing and Network Resources Policy.  
  8. Consider that what you assert as a practice of free speech, humor, or opinion actually may create an unwelcoming or hostile environment for some recipients of your message. Do not assume that everyone shares your perspective. 
  9. The listserv will remain free of hate speech, including generalizations, mischaracterizations, and attacks on individuals or groups based on race, class, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, language(s), ability, religious belief, or veteran status.  
  10. Personal attacks are unacceptable on the listserv and sustained disagreements should be addressed discreetly.  
  11. The listserv and email communication through or to university accounts may not contain libel, infringe on copyright laws or invade employee or student privacy [pdf]. For more information, see Virtual Legality: An Overview of Your Rights and Responsibilities in Cyberspace.  
  12. Remember that because The Ohio State University is a public institution, email and listserv communications can be matters of public record. 



Each faculty member, staff member and graduate student has a profile page (People page) in the English Department Directory

If you need to create a profile for the first time:

  • Fill out a People page submission form
  • If you would like to have a profile photo on your People page, upload your photo separately to OpicThat image will automatically populate on your People page.

If you need to update your profile:

  • Email with any changes you'd like.
  • If you want to change your profile photo, please do so at Opic.
  • If your role in the department changes (e.g., you were a GTA and are now Associated Faculty), please check your profile page for errors and outdated information, and send updates to

If you were a student staff member or graduate student, and have graduated:

  • Your People page will be taken down no more than a semester after you graduate.
  • You will receive an email reminding you that your People page will be taken down, and will receive information on other venues to create a professional profile.
  • For additional information on creating professional profile pages, see Professional Development Resources.

NOTE: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, copying and printing services are not currently available through the English department in Denney Hall.

Copy Allowances

All faculty, staff and graduate students are given access to email, phones, computers and copiers upon arrival at Ohio State. For your convenience, the department has multifunction devices (scan/print/copy) located in Denney Hall rooms 421 and 572. For conservation purposes, all instructors are encouraged to utilize, as much as possible, Carmen for teaching and BuckeyeBox for research. To support teaching, research and service, the department has provided the following annual copy allocations:

Tenure-Track Faculty: 4,000

Associated Faculty: 750 per class assigned

Graduate Students: 2,500

Program Directors and Professional Staff receive an annual allocation sufficient to meet their administrative responsibilities. All copy allowances will be reset each year on July 1. Anyone exceeding the annual allowance will need to request more by emailing the Administrative Manager, Wayne Lovely (.9) a brief rationale (150 words or less) detailing the necessity and specific research, teaching, or business purpose for the additional request.  If copy usage greatly exceeds the maximum allocation, the cost may be discounted from the individual’s travel/research allowance either in the current year or the following year.

Follow Me Printing and Copier Support

We now have access to Follow Me Printing, a service that allows you to send documents to the cloud and be released for printing at your convenience. Follow instructions for Xerox Printers to use the printer in 421 Denney Hall. You will need your BuckID to print and copy.

For students:

Instructions for students to download and use Follow Me Printing [pdf]

For faculty and staff:

UniPrint Faculty and Staff instructions for using Follow Me Printing

For assistance with the department copiers, please contact the front desk staff in 421 Denney Hall in person, by phone (614-292-6065) or by email


Copy Requests

Copy requests may be submitted using the copy request log at the front desk of 421 Denney Hall. Copy requests will be fulfilled within 48 hours. With the goal of adhering to copyright/fair use best practices coupled with managing the workload of the front desk staff, copy limits have been set to a limit of 20% of a publication. 


OSU now has an email fax gateway, meaning that you can send and receive faxes without having to be in the office. OCIO has published a Knowledge Base article about the email fax gateway, but the pertinent details are below.

Receiving a fax

Faxes received at our departmental fax number — 614-292-7816— will be automatically delivered to, and a staff member will then forward them to the appropriate recipient. (We recognize that faxes may include confidential personal information, and we will take the same care with these email-faxes as we have always taken with traditional paper faxes.)

Sending a fax

You can send a fax yourself, with no need to go through department staff, by composing an email to <ten digit fax number>, with no spaces or punctuation, e.g.:

The To: and From: addresses and the subject become the cover page, the body of the email becomes the second page, and any attachments follow. The accepted attachment formats are not yet specified in the Knowledge Base article, but Word docs and PDFs are probably supported. 

Please note that faxes sent through the gateway arrive from a generic OSU number; if you anticipate needing a return fax, you should note our departmental fax number — 614-292-7816— in the email body.


The Department of English recruits and selects the most qualified individuals for open positions. In all cases, recruitment and selection activities are guided by a commitment to diversity.

Hiring Guidelines

  • Committment to Diversity
  • Representation
  • Process

For hiring information specific to certain segments of the department, see the pages linked below:

Associated Faculty Guidelines

Graduate Students: Workload Policy for Graders and Recitation Leaders

Visiting Scholars

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Service and Committees


Susan Williams, Chair of the Department of English
Ryan Friedman, Vice Chair
Christa Teston, Vice Chair of Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy
Scott DeWitt, Director of First-Year Writing
Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, Director of Creative Writing
Aman Garcha, Director of Graduate Studies
John Jones, Director of Digital Media Studies
Beverly Moss, Director of Second-Year Writing
Margaret Price, Director of Disability Studies Program
Christa Teston, Director of Business and Technical Writing
Beth Hewitt, Director of Undergraduate Studies





Directors Committee

Susan Williams, Chair
Wayne Lovely, Administrative Manager
Ryan Friedman, Vice Chair
Christa Teston, Vice Chair for Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy (RCL)
Aman Garcha, Director of Graduate Studies
Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, Director of Creative Writing
Beth Hewitt, Director of Undergraduate Studies
John Jones, Director of Digital Media Studies

Writing Program Directors Committee

Christa Teston, Vice Chair for RCL and Director of Business & Technical Writing, Chair
Catherine Braun, Professional Writing Minor Coordinator, Marion campus
Scott DeWitt, Director of First-Year Writing
Ashleigh Hardin, Associate Director of First-Year Writing (ex officio)
Susan Lang, Director of the Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing
Lindsay Martin, Coordinator of Writing Minor
Ben McCorkle, Writing Program Administrator, Marion campus
Beverly Moss, Director of Second-Year Writing
Carolyn Skinner, Writing Program Administrator, Mansfield campus
Kelly Whitney, Professional Writing Minor Coordinator, Mansfield campus

Executive Committee:

Susan Williams, Chair
Ryan Friedman, Vice Chair
Marcus Jackson, Diversity Officer
Elizabeth Kolkovich, Regional Faculty Representative (Alternate: Katie Braun)
Simone Drake, Professor
Jared Gardner, Professor
Karen Winstead, Professor Alternate
Tommy Davis, Associate Professor 
Leslie Lockett, Associate Professor
Nick White, Associate Professor
Sandra MacPherson, Associate Professor Alternate
Sarah Neville, Assistant Professor
Lindsay Martin, Staff Representative
Tamara Mahadin, EGO Representative
Lizzy Nixon, Associated Faculty Representative
Cathy Ryan, Associated Faculty Representative
Maria Trusty, EUGO Representative

Awards Nominations Committee

Brian McHale, Chair
Jian Chen
Simone Drake
Ryan Friedman (ex officio)
Margaret Price

Communications and Development Committee

Robyn Warhol, Chair
Elizabeth Falter (ex officio)
Angus Fletcher
Sarah Neville

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Marcus Jackson, Chair
Staff Liaison: TBD
Associated Faculty representative: TBD
Wendy Hesford
Pranav Jani
Martin (Joe) Ponce
Jessica Prinz
Lauren Squires (AU21)
Graduate Student representatives: TBD

Graduate Program and Policy Committee

Aman Garcha, Chair
Molly Farrell
Kathleen Griffin (ex officio)
Jennifer Higginbotham
Ethan Knapp

Susan Lang
Sandra Macpherson
Jim Phelan
Misha Grifka Wander, Graduate Student Representative
Graduate Student Representative: TBD

Lectures and Events Committee

Chris Highley, Chair
Jill Galvan
Amy Shuman
Roxann Wheeler
Elizabeth Falter, Staff Liaison

MFA Committee

Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, Chair
Michelle Herman
Marcus Jackson
Lee Martin
Elissa Washuta
Nick White

Promotion and Tenure Committee

Drew Jones, Chair
David Brewer, Junior Procedures Oversight Designee (POD)
Frank Donoghue
Kay Halasek, Senior Procedures Oversight Designee (POD)
Hannibal Hamlin
Rob Hughes
Dorry Noyes (SU22)
Clare Simmons (Chair, SP22)

Undergraduate Studies Committee

Beth Hewitt, Chair
Jim Fredal
Debra Lowry 
(ex officio)
Sean O'Sullivan (autumn 2021)
Jennifer Patton, Associated Faculty Representative
Elizabeth Renker
Jake Risinger
Jesse Schotter

Katie Stanutz (ex officio)
Nathan Wallace, Regional Campus Representative
Luke Wilson
Karen Winstead
Eduardo Mabilog
, Graduate Student Representative


Old and Middle English: Karen Winstead
Renaissance: Hannibal Hamlin (Course Director, 2220, 2280)
18th-century British: Roxann Wheeler
19th-century British: Clare Simmons
American Literature before 1900: Elizabeth Renker
20th-21st c. American & British Literature: Tommy Davis
US Ethnic/Postcolonial Literature: Martin (Joe) Ponce (Course Director 2281)
Critical Theory: Ethan Knapp
Creative Writing: Kathy Fagan Grandinetti 
Digital Media Studies: John Jones (Course Director, 2269)
Disability Studies: Margaret Price (Course Director, 2277, 4597)
Film & Popular Culture: Jared Gardner (Course Director, 2264, 2464, 3372); Sean O'Sullivan (Course Director, 2463)
FolkloreAmy Shuman (Course Director, 2270)
Language & Linguistics: Galey Modan (Course Director, 3271)
Narrative & Narrative TheoryJim Phelan
Rhetoric, Composition & Literacy: Christa Teston
Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies: Jian Chen (Course Director, 2282)


Associated Faculty Coordinators:
Lee Martin
Jesse Schotter (SP22)
Lauren Squires (AU21)

College Credit Plus Teacher Training Coordinator
Jonathan Buehl

Committee Chairs:
Robyn Warhol, Communications and Development
Marcus Jackson, Diversity and Inclusion
Brian McHale, Awards and Nominations
Drew Jones (AU21); Clare Simmons (SP22), Promotion and Tenure
Chris Highley, Lectures and Events

Course Director for Classes Outside the Teaching Areas
Dorry Noyes (SU22)
Jessica Prinz

Data Keeper
Alan Farmer

Faculty Resource Partners
N/A (No new faculty hires for 21-22)

Graduate Fellowship Letter Writer
Frank Donoghue

Graduate Placement Officers
Molly Farrell
Jake Risinger

Language Proficiency Coordinator
Galey Modan

Lord Denney's Players Creative Director
Sarah Neville

MA Advising Meeting Coordinator
Jennifer HIgginbotham

Nationwide Graduate Student Fellowship Program Coordinator
Jonathan Buehl

Jim Fredal

Procedures Oversight Designees
David Brewer (“Junior” POD)
Kay Halasek (“Senior” POD)

Study Abroad Coordinator
Chris Highley



Program and Center Directors (Interdisciplinary programs and centers)

Pranav Jani: Director of Asian-American Studies
Chris Highley: Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
Hannibal Hamlin: Director (Interim) of the Center for Studies of Religion
Susan Lang: Director of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing
Margaret Price: Director of Disability Studies
Kay Halasek: Director of Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching & Learning
Wendy Hesford: Director of Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme
Jared Gardner: Director (Interim) of the Humanities Institute
Jim Phelan: Director of Medical Humanities & Social Sciences and MHSS Minor
Jared Gardner: Director of Popular Culture Studies and Pop Culture Minor
Jim Phelan: Director of Project Narrative
Merrill Kaplan: Director of Scandinavian Studies
Andreá Williams: Director of the Women's Place

College and/or University Service

  • Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́
    • Interim Chair, Department of African American and African Studies
  • David Brewer
    • Humanities Institute Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Stephanie Brown
    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Newark
  • Virginia Cope
    • Associate Dean of Access, Outreach, Education Abroad and Honors, OSU-Newark
  • Simone Drake
    • Humanities Institute Faculty Advisory Committee
    • Member, Public Safety Advisory Committee
    • Faculty affiliate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    • Member, Ohio State Wexner Center for the Arts, The Shumate African American Outreach and Engagement Council
  • Kathy Fagan Grandinetti
    • Member, Arts Chairs and Directors Committee
  • Alan Farmer
    • Arts and Sciences Honors Committee
    • Folger Shakespeare Library Consortium Representative
    • CMRS Oversight Committee
  • Jim Fredal
    • Eminence Faculty Network
    • GE Themes Course Approval Committee
  • Jill Galvan
    • University Senator
    • Council on Academic Affairs Member
    • OAA Committee on the GE Rules of Engagement
    • Executive Board, AAUP-OSU
  • Jared Gardner
    • University Senator / Faculty Council
    • University Sanction Committee (2021-2022)
    • University Senate Steering Committee (2021-2024)
    • University Senate Faculty Rules Committee (2021-2023)
    • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum Exhibitions Committee
    • PI for Humanities without Walls Initiative
  • Kay Halasek
    • Education for Citizenship GE Implementation Committee
    • Advancing Mentorship Committee
    • Advisory Board, Education, FAME (College of Medicine)
    • Accessibility Group (Office of the ADA Coordinator)
  • Hannibal Hamlin
    • Member, CMRS Oversight Committee
    • Member, ASC Honors (Graduate Subcommittee)
    • Member, Honors and Scholars GE Workgroup
  • Michelle Herman
    • Director of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization program in the Fine Arts
  • Wendy Hesford
    • Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Committee
    • Office of Outreach and Engagement Community Engagement and Metrics Committee
    • President and Provost's Advisory Committee
    • Discovery Themes Faculty Directors Committee
    • Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellow
  • Beth Hewitt
    • University Senator / Faculty Council
    • University Senate Faculty Compensation and Benefits Committee
  • Chris Highley
    • Chair, University Faculty Hearing Committee
  • John Jones
    • Member, Endorsement Committee, Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning
  • Norman Jones
    • Dean and Director, OSU-Mansfield
    • Search Committee for Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Merrill Kaplan
    • Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Advisory Committee
  • Leslie Lockett
    • Associate Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    • Thompson Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Ben McCorkle
    • Executive Council, Academy of Teaching at The Ohio State University 
    • Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning Advisory Board
  • Sarah Neville
    • Member, Student Academic Success Programs and Researsch (SASPR) Group
    • Campus Change Community Working Group Member (2021)
  • Sean O’Sullivan
    • Rhodes/Marshall Scholarship Committee
    • Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts curriculum committee (AU21)
  • Jenny Patton
    • UITL Mentor in FIT program
  • Jim Phelan
    • President and Provost’s Advisory Committee
    • Chair, ASC Working Group on Health and Wellbeing Theme for GE
    • UITL Mentor in FIT program
  • Elizabeth Renker
    • UITL Faculty FIT Mentor
    • ASC Honors Committee member
  • Amy Shuman
    • Nisonger Center TOPS program advisory committee member
    • Nisonger Center Consumer Advisory Council
    • Melton Center Advisory Board
    • Distinguished Scholar Award Selection Committee
    • Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Admissions Committee
  • Clare Simmons
    • Member, College of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Lauren Squires
    • Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Re-Entry Grant Scholarship Committee
  • Christa Teston
    • Health and Wellbeing GE Theme Course Approval Committee
  • Elissa Washuta
    • American Indian Studies Advisory Committee
  • Nick White
    • Advisor to the Writers Guild
  • Andreá Williams
    • Search Committee for Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Luke Wilson
    • Chair, Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee

Statewide, National & International Service

  • David Brewer
    • Editor, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
  • Jian Chen
    • Co-editor, ASTERISK Book series, Duke University Press
  • Sara Crosby
    • Book Review Editor, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review
    • TV and Film Review Editor, Gothic Nature 
    • Board Member, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society
  • Amrita Dhar
    • Executive Committee, Milton Society of America
  • Simone Drake
    • Editor, Oxford Handbook on African American Women's Writing
    • Editorial Board, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men
    • The College Board, AP African American Studies, Faculty Advisory/Subject Matter Expert
    • Delegate Assembly Member, MLA TC Popular Culture Forum
    • Reviewer, ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellowship
    • Reviewer, Southern Regional Education Board, Dissertation Application
    • Member, Columbus Division of Police, Diversity Recruiting Council
    • Subject matter expert, Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Commission
  • Jill Galvan
    • Executive Board, Dickens Universe
  • Jared Gardner
    • Book series editor for Studies in Comic and Cartoon Art, Ohio State University Press
  • Kathy Fagan Grandinetti
    • Advisory Editor of The Journal
    • Co-editor, OSU Press Wheeler Poetry Prize Series
  • Hannibal Hamlin
    • Editorial Boards of Reformation and Explorations in Renaissance Culture
  • Michelle Herman
    • Editor of the Non/Fiction Book Award Series, Ohio State University Press
  • Wendy Hesford
    • Co-editor, New Directions in Rhetoric & Materiality Book Series, Ohio State University Press
  • Robert Hughes
    • Editorial Board, Methis: Studia Humaniora Estonica
  • Ethan Knapp
    • Book Series Editor, Interventions, Ohio State University Press
  • Elizabeth Kolkovich
    • Advisory Board Member, The Pulter Project
  • Susan Lang
    • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Writing Analytics
  • Sandra Macpherson
    • Board of Trustees, English Institute
  • Ben McCorkle
    • Editorial Board Member, Kairos Praxiswiki
  • Koritha Mitchell
    • Board Member, Society of Senior Ford Fellows
    • Chair, Review Panel for Ford Foundation Fellowships
    • Executive Committee, Literature/Language/Culture forum—African American, Modern Language Association
    • Editorial Board Member, James Baldwin Review
    • Associate Editor, Broadview Anthology of American Literature
  • Galey Modan
    • Steering Committee Member, Society for Linguistic Anthroplogy
  • Beverly Moss
    • Director, Middlebury Breadloaf Teacher Network
    • Member, Coalition of Community Writing Advisory Committee
    • Member, Community Literacy Journal editorial board
  • Sarah Neville
    • General Textual Editor, Linked Early Modern Drama Online (LEMDO)
    • Coordinating Editor, Digital Renaissance Editions
  • Dorry Noyes
    • Past President & Exec Board Member, American Folklore Society (AU 2020)
  • Jim Phelan
    • Editor, Narrative
    • Co-editor, Theory and Interpretation of Narrative Series, Ohio State University Press
    • Secretary/Treasurer, International Society for the Study of Narrative
  • Margaret Price
    • Editorial board, Disability Studies Quarterly
    • Editorial board, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies
    • Co-chair, Critical Disability Studies Caucus, American Studies Association
  • Jake Risinger
    • Section Editor, Literature Compass
  • Dan Seward
    • President, Global Society of Online Literacy Educators
  • Amy Shuman
    • President, Fellows of the American Folklore Society
  • Lauren Squires
    • Co-chair, Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics, Linguistic Society of America
  • Christa Teston
    • Co-editor, New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality Book Series
  • Elizabeth Weiser
    • Editorial Board and Secretary of English-language publications, ICOFOM Study Series
  • Roxann Wheeler
    • Editorial Board, Eighteenth-Century Studies
    • Editorial Board, Ohio State University Press
  • Kelly Whitney
    • Copy editor, Community Literacy Journal

Associated Faculty are in no way obligated to perform departmental service, but in recent years, many Associated Faculty have been eager to serve on committees, both to accumulate more diverse professional experience and to become better integrated into the English Department community.  

  • Associated Faculty will elect, from a list of volunteers, AF representatives to the Executive Committee (2 reps) and the Undergraduate Studies Committee (2 reps), as well as at-large English Department Council reps (2 reps). These reps are voting members of these committees and should be prepared to engage fully in committee work. Although all Associated Faculty have voting rights in the EDC, the department has retained the two official at-large reps for volunteers who want to commit to attending the meetings and keeping other associated faculty apprised of departmental business.  

  • Associated Faculty will elect, from a list of volunteers, one AF liaison to the Lectures and Events Committee and one AF liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. These liaisons are voting members but do not have to commit to service beyond attending meetings, unless they want to. 

  • All Associated Faculty, not only the elected representatives, have the right to vote as part of the EDC; for details, consult the updated Pattern of Administration (POA) document [pdf]. Associated Faculty are therefore eligible to vote at EDC meetings, but faculty at these ranks will not be penalized in any way for not attending or voting at EDC meetings. Involvement is deeply valued but entirely voluntary. 

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Annual Review Policies


Information from the College of Arts & Sciences on Promotion & Tenure

Chair of Promotion & Tenure Committee: Drew Jones

Annual Review Timeline for Assistant Professors, AY20-21 (for CY 2020)

  • February 1: Deadline for 4th year review materials.
  • February 19: Deadline for annual review materials from those not doing 4thyear reviews.
  • Please follow the submission instructions established by Drew in his emails, and reach out to Drew with any questions.

Annual Review Timeline for Associate and Full Professors, AY20-21 (for CY 2020)

  • January 20: The assistant to the chair will send a call for annual review materials via email. Blank annual activity report will also be attached. Faculty will submit materials via email to Megan.
  • February 19: Deadline for annual review materials, as well as partner requests from Associate Professors, sent via email to the assistant to the chair.
  • By February 26: Associate Professors and Full Professors are matched by the Chair; Associate Professor materials sent by Megan to their review partners via email.
  • April 16: Draft letters of Associate Professors due to the assistant to the chair.
  • Summer 2021: Finalized letters will be sent to all Professors from the assistant to the chair.

In 2011 the English Department instituted some new policies that have already improved our ability to support the (qualitatively and quantitatively) tremendous workload carried by our Associated Faculty in the classroom, specifically by way of teaching observations and annual reviews. 

FAQs about Teaching Observations and Annual Reviews:

When should you arrange for a teaching observation? 

  • Please arrange for a teaching observation in every course that you are teaching for the first time in the department of English at OSU.    

  • If you are only teaching courses in which you have been observed before, please arrange for one teaching observation every three years, in a course of your choice. For example, if you are observed in 2017, you are next required to be observed in 2020.  

  • When you feel like you could use feedback or additional documentation for your professional portfolio. Even when you’re not required to have an official observation, it can be arranged for a faculty member to visit your class.  

Who should perform your teaching observation? 

Faculty in associated fields are already expecting to be approached about scheduling observations, so please don’t hesitate to contact them directly.  Alternatively, if you are planning to go on the job market, consider asking a faculty member who is familiar with your research, so that person can address both your teaching and research in the same letter.  If you are uncertain about whom to ask, or if you would like someone else to make the initial contact with a potential observer, e-mail one of the on-duty Associated Faculty co-coordinators for assistance. 

What does a teaching observation consist of? 

Once arrangements have been made, you send your observer a copy of the syllabus and make accessible any reading materials or worksheets that you think it would be useful to have during class.  The observer will write up a short description and evaluation of your instruction on that day, perhaps along with comments about your syllabus or other materials you shared.  The observer should share a draft of this write-up with you, and ask you to correct any factual errors (such as the date of the observation or the number of students enrolled in the class), before submitting it electronically to the Co-Coordinators of Associated Faculty and to the assistant to the chair.

When you approach a potential observer to request an observation, you are encouraged to remind them that an observation write-up for an Associated Faculty member does not have to be as elaborately detailed as an observation that will be used for Promotion and Tenure purposes.  The write-up does not need to include a step-by-step account of everything that goes on in the classroom; it should be about 1-2 pages and include a summary of strengths and weaknesses, including unusually excellent teaching that should be taken into account when Honors classes are being assigned and award nominations are being made, as well as difficulties that might be remedied by utilizing the services of the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning or other means of support. 

What is an annual review? 

Like all faculty, you will be asked to submit a dossier to the department once a year. These materials will be turned in to an account that will be set up on Box. The dossier will consist of the previous calendar year’s records of your teaching and your students’ evaluations along with a CV, any observation letters that have been generated, and a brief summary of one set of discursive evaluations. The Co-Coordinators of the Associated Faculty will then summarize the information in an annual review letter. 

You are only required to have an in-person annual review meeting every third year. However, if you find an in-person meeting valuable, you can request to schedule one with a Co-coordinator to discuss the contents of the dossier. You also may request that the Chair of the English Department be present at that meeting as well.  

A letter based on this meeting will be generated for your file.  The letter will be used within the department when hiring and renewal decisions are made and may be consulted by the scheduler as well. 

Annual review letters as well as other personnel materials, such as letters of commendation, will be kept in a departmental personnel file. You may access this file at any time by making a request of the Chair and assistant to the chair.

When does the dossier need to be assembled? 

At the beginning of spring semester, you will receive an e-mail containing detailed instructions about how to assemble your dossier, how to schedule your review meeting (if needed that year), and the information for submitting materials to Box. Review meetings can take place through the end of April. If you have not received your discursive evaluations from the previous semester at the beginning of the following one, please let the co-coordinators know so that they can help track them down. 

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Departmental and University Graduate Student Information and Policies


The Graduate School website houses information on Graduate Associate appointment dates, benefits, and pay schedule.

*The website linked above includes information on graduate associate access to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS). If you would like to opt out of OPERS, you must fill out the OPERS Exemption Request form within the first 30 days of employment.


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