Other Faculty Duties | Chemistry Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Other Faculty Duties

  1. Advising

    Faculty are required to advise and counsel undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters.  Individual Faculty members are responsible for providing academic counseling to undergraduate students assigned to them and to other undergraduate students who seek such advice, as needed.  Student advising at the graduate level is conducted by the student's thesis/dissertation advisor, the student’s thesis/dissertation committee members, and the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.  In order to assist in student advising, Faculty members must maintain current knowledge of University, College, and Department programs and requirements.

  2. Grades and Student Records

    Faculty members must inform students of their progress throughout the semester.  Grades are a Faculty member's responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively.  Submission of final grades must comply with University Policy, including but not limited to the deadline for the timely submission of grades.  Failure of Faculty members to provide grades in compliance with University Policy will be taken into consideration in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit (Faculty Excellence Award) decisions.  Students have a right to inspect the written work performed during a course and discuss the grade with the Faculty member.

    All members of the Department must comply with all laws and University Policies which govern the privacy of student education records, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  These regulations require, among other things, that Faculty members keep thorough academic records and forbid the posting of grades by name, social security number, Banner ID, or any other system which might identify a student with her/his education record.

  3. Office Hours

    Faculty members are expected to schedule and attend at least five (5) office hours per week (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-18.101).  The office hours shall be posted on the Faculty member's office door and communicated to the Department office as well as to the Faculty member's students.  If a student, for a legitimate reason or reasons, is unable to meet during the Faculty member’s scheduled office hours, the Faculty member shall make appointments to meet with the student at an alternate time.

  4. Participation in University Activities

    Faculty members are expected to participate in recruitment programs, graduation ceremonies and other activities which are appropriate to their role as a Faculty member in the Department.

  5. Student and Peer Evaluations

    A Student Survey of Instruction (hereinafter “SSI”) is required in each lecture and laboratory course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Chair pursuant to applicable University policies and procedures.  Probationary Faculty members are required to undergo peer review of teaching at least once during each year of the probationary period.  Faculty holding the rank of Associate Professor may request the Chair to periodically assign peer evaluations throughout their time in rank, in anticipation of the review for promotion to the rank of Professor.

  6. Syllabi

    Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus for each course, including seminar and recent-advances/problem-solving courses, which includes the subject matter to be covered, a listing of assignments and/or reports, approximate dates of examinations, grading standards, attendance requirements, and other pertinent details of the conduct of the class.