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.  All graduate 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 is 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 membership is expected as a normal part of a Faculty member’s contributions; most faculty members will be assigned to three or four departmental service positions (committees or individual service assignments) in addition to Division Committee membership.  Faculty members are expected to attend faculty meetings and assigned committee meetings.  Some service assignments carry workload equivalencies, see II.A of this Handbook.  Special or outstanding service above and beyond that which is typical may also be considered during the tenure and/or promotion reviews 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 to the nature of the various disciplines within the Department.