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OU Elevate

OU Elevate

Implementing Equitable Multi-Context Faculty Evaluations
and Workload Distributions

OU Elevate, a five-year project (August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2027) funded by a $3M grant from the ADVANCE Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will create, test, and implement a multi-step process to ensure that policies and practices used in evaluating faculty performance are aligned with institutional goals and aspirations. By working closely with individual faculty, academic units, faculty governance, and OU administrators, OU Elevate will develop a comprehensive, reliable, and customizable evaluation toolkit that encompasses the full scope of faculty activities and achievements in teaching and student success, research and creative activity, and impactful and transformative service and engagement.

The implementation of this toolkit will provide valid and consistent evaluation metrics, which can then be reliably used to reward and incentivize faculty engagement in impactful work that is aligned with the university’s institutional goals and the OU strategic plan. The work carried out through the OU Elevate project will propel OU into a leadership role at the national level, providing a model that can be adopted by other institutions in revising and re-envisioning faculty annual evaluation systems. It will enhance the value and impact of teaching, research and creative activity, and service/community engagement of all faculty at the institution, helping OU become a top tier university that is a place of belonging to all faculty, staff, and students.

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OU Elevate Team

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Lori Snyder

Director of OU Elevate and Professor of Psychology

OU Elevate Website

Megan Elwood MaddenDirector of the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Robert & Doris Klabzuba Chair of the School of Geosciences
Keri KornelsonProfessor in the Department of Mathematics
Carol SilvaDirector of the Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and a professor in the Department of Political Science
Georgia KosmopoulouProfessor of Economics and the Associate Dean for Research for the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences
Mashhad FahesAssociate Professor in the School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, Mewbourne College of Engineering
Amy CeratoRapp Foundation Presidential Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering
Natalie YoungbullAssistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Sarah EllisVice Provost for Faculty, the Associate Second Century Presidential Professor of Music Theory, School of Music, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts