Performance Evaluations

Performance Evaluation Guidance for Administrative/Professional (A/P) Faculty

Please follow the performance evaluation guidance you received directly in your email. Different employee types follow different guidance. 

This year Mason’s performance review process will look slightly different as we begin the transformation of our performance management process. As many of you may be aware, Human Resources and Payroll partnered with Accenture and key university stakeholders to assess and improve the performance management process at Mason. Through this partnership, we identified areas of opportunity and developed an implementation roadmap to enhance employees’ experience and engagement in performance management.  

The transformation of the performance management process will occur in stages, with the first changes being implemented in our current cycle for the 2021-2022 performance period.  

We recognize this is an unprecedented change and this may create apprehension about how the performance evaluation process and you, individually, may be impacted.  We are committed to our continued collaboration and partnership with faculty and staff to successfully implement a change that improves both the process and experience. We thank you, in advance, for being flexible during this transition. It is our goal, through ongoing communication and training, to ensure faculty, staff, and supervisors are set up for success during this transition and in the future. We will continue to provide updates and support throughout this transition. 



  • All A/P faculty, hired before March 31, 2022
  • Supervisors and indirect managers of participating A/P faculty


What You Need to Know about 2021 – 2022 Performance Evaluations 

Performance evaluations will not be required this year for A/P Faculty. This process will be replaced by an informal process during the fall. Formal evaluations will be completed in the spring to align with a new timeline. 

While an evaluation for A/P faculty is not due this fall, we strongly encourage supervisors to have a check-in conversation with their direct reports.  We will be offering a “short” form to guide this conversation and that might later serve as a foundation for the spring evaluation. Additional information will be forthcoming. 


Future Performance Cycles 

We are transitioning the performance management cycle dates for A/P faculty to an April 1 - March 31 cycle. Implementing this new cycle will simplify the performance management process for employees and supervisors, allow Mason to move to a pay-for-performance strategy consistent with President Washington’s vision, and align the performance cycle with the state’s budget approval timeline. 

With the transition to the timeline and process, the next formal evaluation will take place in the spring and will assess performance during the transition period of July 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023. After March 31, 2023, going forward, the performance evaluation cycle will be April 1 – March 31. 


Changes to the Performance Management Process 

Once the current evaluation cycle concludes this fall, we will continue the transformation of the performance management and evaluation process. This includes: 

  • Transitioning the a/p faculty evaluation cycle dates to April 1 – March 31 
  • Assessing the ability to align the classified staff evaluation cycle to April 1 – March 31  
  • Redesigning evaluation ratings/criteria  
  • Assessing the number of competencies included in the evaluation  
  • Defining expectations of managers and their role in engaging and inclusive performance management practices  
  • Expanding performance management and self-evaluation resources for faculty, staff and supervisors  
  • Updating MasonLEAPS to implement the new system and process 
  • Enhanced training for supervisors, staff and faculty



There are resources available to help participants transition to the online tool:

Additional job aids are available for your convenience under the "How-To Guides" section on the MasonLEAPS homepage. If you have questions, please contact or 703-993-2600.