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Welcome to the Faculty Resources page of the MSU Denver Watermark FS Help & Support Site.  This page will provide resources that are designed to help you use Watermark FS for the tenure-track faculty evaluation process and the sabbatical leave process.

How to Log In

Watermark FS is configured to use your MSU Denver NetID and password.  This is the password MSU Denver faculty use to login to their office computer, as well as numerous systems on campus. To log in to Watermark FS, go to the Watermark FS login page.

Departmental Guidelines

FAQ: General Information

FAQ: Portfolio Preparation & Submission

Tutorials: Portfolio Process

About the Portfolio Process

The MSU Denver faculty evaluation system assumes a “portfolio” model that is intended to encourage reflection and enable faculty to make the strongest evidence-based case for themselves. For detailed information about the portfolio preparation and submission process, please see the “Guidebook for Portfolio Preparation” located on the Faculty Affairs website. Important review process dates are listed in the Procedural Calendar which is also available on the Faculty Affairs website. The “Faculty Employment Handbook” is are found on the Faculty Affairs website as well.

For an overview of using Digital Measures for the MSU Denver faculty evaluation process, please see the MSU Denver Faculty Evaluation Process.

The following tutorials are available in a printable PDF format.

For Category I Faculty (Tenured and Tenure-Track) Members Who Are Preparing a Portfolio

For Category II Faculty Members Who Are Preparing a Portfolio

For Category I and II Faculty

For Department Review Committee Chairs

For Department Chairs

For All Review Committee Members

For School, College & University RTP Committee Chairs, Deans, and the Provost

Tutorials: Sabbatical Leave Process

About the Sabbatical Leave Process

For detailed information about MSU Denver’s process for sabbatical leave preparation and submission, please see the Guidelines for Preparation of Applications for Sabbatical Leave located on the Faculty Affairs website.

Watermark FS is the online tool used by MSU Denver for the sabbatical leave process.  Since Watermark FS is also used for the portfolio process, if you already have your CV information uploaded to  Watermark FS, you will only need to update the information (as needed) and add information about your requested sabbatical to the “Sabbatical Leave” screen.  The tool will pull data from the various data entry screens in order to generate the Sabbatical Leave Application, which includes CV information as well as information specific to the application for sabbatical leave.

The following tutorials are available in a printable PDF format.

For Faculty Members Who Are Applying for Sabbatical Leave

For Department Chairs of Faculty Applying for a Sabbatical Leave

For the Deans, Faculty Senate Leave Committee Chair, and Provost

 

Tutorials: Reassigned Time Process

The following tutorials are available in a printable PDF format.

For Faculty Members Who Are Requesting Reassigned Time

For Reassigned Time Evaluators and Approval Levels

Tutorials: Reduced Teaching Load Process

The following tutorials are available in a printable PDF format.

For Faculty Members Who Are Requesting a Reduced Teaching Load

For Reduced Teaching Load Approval Levels

SRIs

There is a report in Watermark FS that enables you to run the Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) for a given date range. The report displays the SRI numbers along with links to the student comments. Click the link below for documentation on how to run the SRI Report.

Running the SRI Report

The following documentation explains what the numbers in the SRI report mean.

SRI Report Explanation

Faculty will be able to access SRI data for a given semester approximately 5-7 weeks after that semester has ended and grades are posted. Following is a table with the expected dates for when SRIs will be available in Watermark FS for the upcoming semesters.

 

SRI Semester Date SRI Data Available
Fall Term         January 21, 2022
Spring Term         June 15, 2022
Summer Term         September 12, 2022

Course Evaluation Period Formulas

Students will use EvaluationKit to submit electronic SRIs during the evaluation period listed in the chart below. Students can access the electronic SRIs in several ways:

  1. Through a link provided in an email message they will receive at the beginning of the evaluation period.
  2. By using the EvaluationKit mobile application. Instructions on how to use the mobile application can be found in the initial email communication students received.
  3. By visiting Blackboard Learn where students will be prompted to complete evaluations that are currently active or can access the link on the My Institution tab of Blackboard Learn.
Course Duration SRI Evaluation Start Date SRI Evaluation End Date
1 day First day of class 4 days after Class ends as defined on the class schedule
2 days First day of class 3 days after class ends as defined on the class schedule
3 days 1 day after class starts 2 days after class ends as defined on the class schedule
4 days Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 2 days after class ends as defined on the class schedule
5 days Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 3 days after class ends as defined on the class schedule
6 days Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 3 days after class ends as defined on the class schedule
1 week Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 3 days after class ends as defined on the class schedule
2 weeks Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 1 day after class ends as defined on the class schedule
3 weeks Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 2 days prior to class end date as defined on the class schedule
4 weeks Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 4 days prior to the end of class as defined on the class schedule
5 – 15 week courses Day following the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 4 days prior to the end of class as defined on the class schedule
16 week (full semester) courses 12 Days after the “W” Withdrawal Deadline 14 days prior to the end of class as defined on the class schedule (8 day prior to the start of finals week)

Not all courses will have student evaluations. The following is a list of courses that will not receive a student evaluation:

  • Courses that do not have a defined Section Start and Section End Date Defined in Banner
  • Subject Code “ATH” Courses (Intercollegiate Athletics Courses)
  • Subject Code “VUB” Courses (Veteran’s Upward Bound Courses)
  • Subject Code “MAT” (CCD Remedial Math Courses, evaluations are done by CCD)
  • Subject Code “STA” (Study Abroad Courses)
  • Schedule Type “K” Courses (Cooperative Education)
  • Schedule Type “N” Courses (Internship;Clinical Internship)
  • Schedule Type “D” Courses (Student Teaching)
  • Section Attribute CCCR Courses (e.g. PSY2, ENG2, ECO2, and others) (interinstitutional registration, evaluations are done at UCD/CCD home institution)
  • Any Math Peer Study / FYS Math Peer Study course with a course number: 0008, 0011, 0012, 0031, FY11, FY12, FY31
  • Any 0020 course (Attendance only non credit course) used for attendance tracking purposes only (e.g. MUS-0020)

If you are teaching a class that meets on campus, please dedicate 15 minutes of class time for students to complete the electronic SRIs during this evaluation period. Remind students to bring a mobile device (e.g., laptop, tablet, smartphone) to class on the day you plan to dedicate time for the SRI collection. While your students are completing the electronic SRIs, be sure to step outside of your classroom to provide adequate privacy. If any students forget to bring a mobile device, encourage them to visit a nearby computer lab to access the electronic SRI. A list of computer labs can be found at: https://www.msudenver.edu/studentlabs/hoursofoperationandlocations/

If you are teaching a UCD/CCD pooled course, ask UCD/CCD students enrolled in your course to check their MSU Denver e-mail for the electronic SRI link. Alternately, UCD/CCD students will be able to access the electronic SRI through Blackboard Learn. We will work with UCD and CCD to ensure that all of the information necessary to access MSU Denver systems is provided to these students before the evaluation period. However, if a student cannot access the MSU Denver systems, please refer the student to the ITS Helpdesk at 303-352-7548 or support.msudenver.edu.

Finally, please be sure to explain the purpose of SRIs to your students and emphasize that their responses will assist in continuous improvement of MSU Denver courses. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design at 303-615-0800. If you need technical assistance, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 303-352-7548 or support.msudenver.edu.