JE: How to Tackle a Subfactor

The JEQ consists of 13 Subfactors, grouped into the areas of Skill, Effort, Responsibility, and Working Conditions. Each subfactor has a number of levels and each level is worth a certain number of points toward your total. When the committee assesses your JEQ, each subfactor is ranked separately (though in some cases, examples you give in one subfactor may be used to help the committee assess other subfactors).

To help you determine what level you should self-assess, please refer to the guide for definitions and examples of the type of duties and responsibilities that fall under that subfactor. Note that in order to be assessed at a level, you must meet the full definition, or you will fall into a lower category.

When providing examples:

  • assume the committee has no clue how to do your job; while many jobs are similar, there are often small differences that can have a big impact on where your position is rated
  • tell a story, but don’t write a novel; be descriptive
  • try to avoid parroting the language used in the guide and the JEQ itself; tell the committee what you do in your own words
  • point form is OK as long as you are providing examples and not a list of duties

SAMPLE, Subfactor 2: Dexterity


I take minutes for the Dean’s meetings.


I am required to take and later transcribe accurate minutes of the Dean’s meetings, twice per month.


Twice per month I am responsible for taking accurate minutes of the Dean’s meetings. Prior to the next scheduled meeting, I transcribe and distribute the minutes to all those who attended or were invited.