The University has established a set of performance criteria for professional faculty members.  You will find them listed with each space to enter a goal.  Below is the list of the criteria and their definitions.


The spectrum of activities including setting direction and supporting the accomplishment of vision, values, and purpose.  Leadership effectively communicates while embracing, supporting and influencing a culture of innovation.  Leadership contributes to team building, goal setting and leveraging members’ strengths and unique abilities.


The spectrum of activities including strategic, fiduciary, and supervisory planning, implementation, and decision making responsibilities.  Management engages in effective communication, setting priorities, using resources to obtain desired results, achieving efficiency, productivity and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures.  Management ensures assessment, monitors variable conditions, and promotes best practices in areas of subject matter expertise to adopt, create, and encourage innovation.


Collegiality: Fosters open communication and builds trusting relationships; contributes to an open and transparent work environment, being accessible, cooperative and accountable; treat all with civility, dignity and respect; values diversity and inclusivity; projects a position and positive and professional image.

Teamwork: The spectrum of teamwork activities includes commitment and cooperation to achieving common goals through effective and productive relationships within and beyond the unit.  Teamwork appreciates diversity and fosters cooperation while understanding the roles, responsibilities, and expertise of individuals relative to varying goals and projects.


Discipline of communication:  The art of exchanging ideas, thoughts, feelings, or the like through speech, gestures, or writing.  Elements of the discipline of communication include:

  • Speech:  Speaking face-to-face or via electronic media to individuals or groups, may include conversations, discussions, and presentations and being appropriate for the audience.
  • Listening:  Giving full attention as others speak, not interrupting; applying active listening skills, showing empathy and being responsive
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Nonverbal:  Managing body language, gestures, and facial expressions to match intent and meaning of speech.
  • Written:  Consistently using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; avoiding acronyms and jargon, writing for clarity and conciseness with the intended audience understanding intent and meaning.
  • Communication Medium - Selects the appropriate communication method:  email, text, telephone, meeting, private conversation, video conferencing, webinar.

Interpersonal Communication:  The action and interplay between people and is relational and social in nature.  Aspects of interpersonal communication may include:

  • Keeping others informed: Consistently providing updates and notices of upcoming issues; keeping calendars/schedules current and transparent.
  • Practicing diplomacy and employing influence and civility to build relationships.
  • Advising:   Providing counseling and advising support, direction, feedback, critique, referral and guidance to individuals and groups in a nurturing, safe, challenging, and supportive environment.
  • Mentoring:  Fostering a trusting, respectful relationship for sharing historical content or expertise with others to promote their success and growth.


Social Responsibility:  Exhibits societal awareness and responds to social concerns and problems; understands diverse perspectives; acts as a good citizen and public steward; oriented to problem solving; applies and integrates ethical and moral standards.

Service:  Supports the University’s commitment to making contributions to society’s intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and economic progress and well-being through an imaginative understanding of customer’s perceived needs demonstrated through effective involvement and interaction.

Outreach:   Leading reciprocal community engagement, and the interchange of information, resources, and knowledge as a representative of OSU to the state’s public and communities.


Possessing and demonstrating technical, professional, general and other specific knowledge and skills required to perform one’s job duties while maintaining a commitment to excellence.


A specific deliverable or result related to unit objectives for which the employee is directly responsible and accountable.  Business drivers for these deliverables may include organizational principles, values, business plan(s), strategy, vision, mission, and change.