Role and Responsibility of the Faculty | Kent State University

Role and Responsibility of the Faculty

Research, Teaching, Service: Each faculty member is expected to contribute to the Department, Campus, College and the University according to the terms and condition of his/her letter of appointment.  Some faculty members make their primary contribution in teaching while others emphasize research.

Scholarly activity is expected of all faculty members, although the extent and/or type of activity may vary with the terms of each faculty member’s assignment and campus location.  Faculty involved in research and graduate programs are expected to present evidence of their endeavors by publication, proposals submitted for extramural funding, and dissemination of research in various venues as are appropriate to the discipline. Activity in professional organizations and the training of graduate students are also expected.

Not all faculty members contribute to the Department in the same manner.  A faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching and undergraduate programs may teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than a faculty member who is also a member of the graduate faculty.  Most Department faculty members will be either full or associate members of the graduate faculty.  All faculty members are expected to be involved in significant research activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research. Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses are part of the teaching function.

Service to the University is a responsibility of each faculty member.  Department, Campus, College, and University committee or task force memberships are expected as a normal part of a faculty member’s contributions.  Special or outstanding service above and beyond that which is typical may be considered during the review of a faculty member, but service alone will not reduce the expectations of quality teaching and scholarly activity.  Public service is encouraged and recognized as a part of the professional responsibilities of each faculty member, although contributions in this area can be expected to vary widely due in accordance with the various subdisciplines within the Department.