The University’s Mission guides service, scholarly activity including research, and ongoing professional development to allow the faculty, in conjunction with the entire University community, to fulfill its purposes: facilitating student-centered learning and fostering the intellectual life of the University. Since it is the faculty who most directly determine, implement and execute academic policies, their role in this area is a vital one. The primary vehicle for initiation of academic action is the Academic Council. It is each faculty member’s duty, responsibility, and privilege to work actively and, energetically, and strive for academic excellence through ongoing evaluation of academic policy.
I. Professional Responsibility
All faculty are expected to support and advance the mission and goals of the University and to maintain high standards in their professional related activities. The professional responsibilities of full-time faculty members are generally evaluated according to the broad categories of teaching, scholarship and creative activity, and service. While the relative emphasis given to these activities may vary during an individual’s career, these responsibilities require that faculty members teach students, colleagues, and members of the broader community.
The University faculty members should provide teaching, service, and scholarly activity, based on individual expertise, to their students, their department, fellow departments and units within the University, in addition to their profession, and community. These activities include academic and other advising, sponsoring of students and other organizations; laboratory and facility management; involvement in departmental, college and University committees; participation in faculty governance bodies; involvement with local, state, national and international bodies, and such other incidental professional services as, in the judgment of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the needs of the University require.
II. Educational Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the faculty center on the University’s commitment to quality education as expressed in its Statement of Purpose. These responsibilities may be generally defined as:
- Sustaining a close relationship with students to provide the necessary academic counsel;
- Providing a model of professional development to encourage students’ personal intellectual development;
- Assuming an active involved role in the life of the University community as well as the community at-large;
- Assuming personal responsibility for creating an appropriate academic environment by enforcing academic policies and standards; and
- Supporting the University’s commitment to teaching and learning.
Teaching Faculty’s Responsibilities also include:
- Maintaining high academic standards within the classroom;
- Devising and revising curricula designed to prepare students to obtain rewarding work and to lead meaningful lives;
- Carefully and conscientiously advising students, on an ongoing basis, as to their academic program and career goals;
- Fulfilling day-to-day responsibilities to facilitate the work of academic administrators;
- Promoting and developing the academic programs in one’s area of expertise; and
- Energetically contributing to the work of academic committees in formulating academic policy.
Another aspect of professional conduct associated with teaching effectiveness is the willingness to meet deadlines and adhere to established academic procedures. It is expected that requests for syllabi, grades, and other assignments will be met with a timely response.
All faculty are expected to exhibit professional conduct and performance of their assigned tasks, a desire for professional growth and development, interest in community and public service, and desirable personal qualities. The specified duties of each faculty and administrative staff member may include teaching assignments in day and evening courses as well as academic advisement.
It shall also be noted that no full-time faculty member or academic administrator shall engage in any occupation, activity or endeavor which will interfere with or detract from the regular punctual discharge of their assigned duties. Acceptance of an outside teaching position for remuneration requires written approval from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Please refer to the Outside Employment policy below for additional information.
All faculty are expected to know and conform to all rules and regulations of the University concerning their assigned responsibilities and duties, including but not limited to University Policies, rules and regulations. In addition, said faculty and staff shall be expected to perform their assigned duties in a manner appropriate to their professional status so as not to bring discredit upon themselves, their colleagues, the students, or the University.
The administration invites attendance and active participation of all faculty members at social, academic, civic and other events sponsored by the University. It is recognized that part-time faculty members may be prevented by other duties from taking part in many University activities, but they are urged to attend whenever possible.
III. Academic Unit Monthly Meetings
Faculty members are required to attend monthly meetings scheduled by their academic unit and to participate accordingly.
IV. Academic Council Meetings
Full-time faculty are required to attend meetings with the Academic Council and to participate accordingly.
V. Attendance at University Functions
Faculty presence is required at the annual Convocation and at Graduation. Faculty attendance in proper designated garb (usually cap and gown) is required for convocations and graduation.
VI. Committee Service
It is a tradition at the University that faculty participate continually with each other and with other members of the University community in meeting the shared needs of their discipline, their College and/or the University as a whole. A full-time faculty member is expected, not only by the University but also by his or her colleagues, to be available for group involvements and willing to contribute productively to them. When invited to share in the work of an ad hoc group, faculty make a decision to join or not to join in light of this tradition and also in light of their other University commitments.
Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018