The request for faculty evaluation should come from four (4) faculty members, under whom you have taken, or are taking, one or more classes. You should ask them in advance if they would complete an evaluation of your performance. We strongly recommend that you provide a resumé with a small picture of yourself attached to each instructor as you make your request. The letters you are requesting are intended to evaluate your academic performance and ability in that professor's classes or research projects. Rather than functioning as a more complete letter of recommendation, such as that which the MPA Committee will write, these letters are intended to focus on your academic abilities and your interactions with your professor and fellow students in that specific academic setting. Classes of all types provide opportunities for your professors to comment on your punctuality, maturity, and responsibility, ability to deal with the material, writing, and speaking.
Note: The faculty chosen should be regular (not part-time, adjunct, instructor, lecturer, or temporary) ETSU faculty of the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor. Please do not request graduate teaching assistants. Two faculty should be from the sciences (courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer/information science, engineering technology, environmental health, exercise science, geography, geology, health sciences, mathematics, nursing courses with clinical components, physics, and behavioral neuroscience), and two from the non-sciences (courses in English, history, music, philosophy, psychology, public health, sports management, sociology, etc.) No two faculty should be from the same department. If you have difficulty identifying faculty who meet these criteria, please consult with Ms. Martha Edde, the MPA Coordinator, for assistance. The completed Evaluation forms must be completed online. DO NOT return your completed evaluation forms personally to the MPA office, as this will invalidate your Evaluation Application.
All four faculty evaluators must be approved by the MPA Office before the faculty will receive the electronic notification of your request. You will receive confirmation as your faculty requests are approved. When a faculty evaluator has submitted the Individual Instructor's Evaluation form, it will show "Completed" under the Evaluator Selection section in the system. It is the student's responsibility to follow up and make sure that all of the Individual Instructor's Evaluation forms are submitted online to the application system in a timely fashion. The system closes at 4:30pm on the last day of the posted evaluation period. You can see the progress of your evaluations within the Evaluation system.
Faculty members are busy people, and you may find it necessary to remind them about the form on one or more occasions. If you have difficulty getting your forms completed, consult Ms. Martha Edde, the MPA Coordinator, for suggestions.
Downloadable evaluation guide
Requesting faculty evaluations
Access your field's centralized application portal by visiting the link above.
Depending on the professional school the student wishes to enter, the MPA committee evaluation process should be completed approximately 12 to 18 months prior to the date the student plans to enroll in their professional school of choice. Be aware of application deadlines and schedules for the MPA evaluation committee to review applications, and make sure to plan accordingly. Application deadlines vary from school to school and also vary depending on the chosen program of study.
Be sure to check with your professional schools of interest to determine recommendation letter requirements.