Policy No. 5:01:00:00


SUBJECT:  Guidelines for Faculty

  1. Purpose
    ​Responsibility for the implementation of the instructional program rests with the teaching faculty.  Excellence in teaching—teaching that induces an excitement of learning—stands foremost among the challenges and responsibilities of the college. Within this framework the faculty have certain routine objectives some of which are listed as follows:
  2. Routine Instructional Objectives
    1. To teach an average of 15 equated hours per term;
    2. To devote a minimum of 37.5 hours per week to the institution, maintain appropriate office hours as determined by college officials, and secure approval for any commitments which might affect employment;
    3. To teach a student credit hour load of an appropriate minimum number;
    4. To provide advising for students as assigned;
    5. To notify students whose performance or lack thereof, indicate potential academic or other challenges using an appropriate channel (personal contact, early alert systems, etc.) ;
    6. To assist academic dean in the development of departmental schedule of classes per term;
    7. To recommend adoption of course textbooks and materials in collaboration with other professional staff members in the department;
    8. To assist with the implementation of departmental exams and standardized tests when such use is deemed feasible and beneficial;
    9. To participate in faculty development goals to improve professional effectiveness;
    10. Provide copies to academic dean of syllabi for each course each semester;
    11. To carry out supervision of laboratory activity, private and other instruction in a conscientious and professional manner;
    12. To meet all classes promptly as scheduled with any deviation being filed promptly and accurately through the appropriate channels;
    13. To assume responsibility for giving examinations and all other types of evaluations necessary to determine student level of performance and understanding;
    14. To cooperate with the Library and Media Center personnel in the selection, development, and distribution of resource material used in the faculty member’s area;
    15. To respond in a timely fashion to all reasonable deadlines; and
    16. To cooperate with other areas of the college in order to provide an effective educational program.
  3. Routine Curriculum Objectives
    1. To develop and recommend to academic dean new courses and programs of study when the need arises;
    2. To assess student learning at the level of the course, department, program and institution and make improvements based on assessment results; and
    3. To recommend modification or discontinuance of courses or programs of study.
  4. Routine Administrative Support
    1. To assist in the preparation of budget requests for each fiscal year;
    2. To originate and recommend requisitions for purchase of supplies and equipment and other uses of appropriate budgetary funds for the instructional program;
    3. To originate requests for professional travel in support of personal faculty development;
    4. To assume responsibility for all equipment assigned to or supervised by the faculty member;
    5. To recommend to academic dean needs for custodial care and maintenance of physical facilities in support of instructional work or study;
    6. To assist in the preparation of proposals for special, Federal, state, and private projects and grants;
    7. To attend all faculty meetings and participate in the discussion of academic issues during these meetings;
    8. To carry out the professional requests of academic dean in support of reports, proposals, or other needs deemed necessary by the dean;
    9. To be present at all officially called assemblies or faculty meetings;
    10. To participate in all graduation exercises and registration activities;
    11. To participate and expedite the process of faculty evaluation following established procedures;
    12. To serve on committees as appointed; and
    13. To complete such other professional tasks as may be directed by the president or his designee.
  5. Other Objectives
    Other objectives of a problem solving, innovative, professional growth, or community service nature are generally identified and agreed upon by a faculty member and appropriate academic dean in support of institution or department goals.

Revised: January 1, 1993; October 20, 2015, January 26, 2016.

Approved by: Curriculum and Academic Standards February 7, 2013; President’s Cabinet February 12, 2013; Academic Dean’s Council October 26, 2015; Faculty Senate November 2015; President’s Cabinet January 26, 2016.