The Perception Problem

Whose problem is it when there is a perception that the performance of a faculty or staff member has not been satisfactory? Consider, for instance, the following scenario. A chairperson is conducting an annual performance appraisal of a faculty member and says, ďYour teaching seems to have been quite good this year, based on both student and peer evaluations. Your research productivity exceeded our institutional expectations.†And you served on more than your share of departmental committees, worked with the recommended number of advisees, and even chaired an important search for us. But thereís still this lingering perception out there that youíre just not a team player, that you put your own agenda ahead of the departmentís. Iím worried that thatís going to hurt you when you come up for promotion in a few years. Iím not saying that this is my opinion or that itís even justified; Iím just saying that itís a common perception.Ē

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