1. Collaborative Performance Reviews: Managing Higher Ed Faculty and Staff Performance and Rewards

Collaborative Performance Reviews: Managing Higher Ed Faculty and Staff Performance and Rewards

Collaborative Performance Reviews: Managing Higher Ed Faculty and Staff Performance and Rewards
Event ID: 18554
Session ID: 15963

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D. and attorney at law
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? Deans, directors, department chairs, vice presidents, administrators, HR, counsel
Best For: Higher Education

Implementing a culture of engagement and accountability in the college and university setting requires the transparent development of key faculty and staff performance indicators which are discussed and refined in a collaborative fashion. Collaborative performance reviews should be mutually beneficial for the faculty and staff being reviewed as well as the institution. When handled in a collaborative manner faculty and staff is encouraged to participate and hopefully “grow” from the experience and the college winds up with an engaged member who is interested in making sure that the policies and procedures of the institution are adhered to. Typical performance reviews can be ineffective in the higher education environment, and too often, these cookie cutter types of evaluations are conducted without the benefits of a good understanding of the fundamental egalitarian nature of the academic environment. The result is faculty and staff disengagement, ineffective systems of rewarding value added faculty and staff behavior and perception that evaluations are of little to no value.

The higher education culture is often unique, and the periodic performance review needs to reflect this uniqueness. The goal of a collaborative performance review is to align faculty and staff performance with the institution’s mission, vision, and values by driving them down to the department and individual levels. Clear and measurable performance expectations which are discussed in a collaborative and constructive manner help staff monitor and improve their own performance while avoiding the stigma of being lectured to. Please join James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D. and attorney at law, as he offers a best practice approach to developing, implementing, and reinforcing key performance indicators for higher education faculty and staff. What you learn will surely connect all the dots in an increasingly complex and competitive higher education world.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand the strategic process of aligning strategic plans with performance expectations
  • Discuss the unique needs of higher education faculty and staff
    • Academic versus administration units
    • Professional versus support roles
    • Communicating the bigger picture
  • Review how to infuse competencies, values, and qualitative measures
  • Know the collaborative process for producing and articulating key performance indicators
  • Learn how to communicate expectations to staff
  • Examine the constant flow of planning, monitoring and evaluating staff performance
  • Discuss engagement and faculty and staff satisfaction that results for a consistent process with effective planning and candid feedback
  • Review a model for a transparent process leading to equitable staff compensation
  • See how to successfully onboard faculty and staff


Your conference leader for “Collaborative Performance Reviews: Managing Higher Ed Faculty and Staff Performance and Rewards” is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq. Dr. Castagnera holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He was a labor/employment and IP lawyer with a major Philadelphia law firm for a decade before becoming legal counsel at a New Jersey university. For the past 22 years in that capacity, his duties have included drafting, reviewing and enforcing labor and employment contracts; internship, affiliation and student-exchange agreements; government grants and contracts, and international memorandums of understanding. He also is an adjunct professor of law in the Drexel University School of Law, and the principal consultant/co-owner of Holland Media Services, LLC. He has published 21 books, most recently Riding the Fifth Wave in Higher Education: A Survival Guide for the New Normal (NY: Peter Lang 2017).

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