Other Faculty Duties | Department of Geography 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 "major professor" and the student’s dissertation committee members. In order to assist in student advising, faculty members should   maintain   current   knowledge   of   University, College, and   Department   programs   and requirements.

  2. Final examinations

    Final examinations in all courses must be offered at the time and date specified in the University’s schedule of final examinations.  Changes of the time and/or date of a final examination require prior approval of the Chair and the Dean, but in any case, the exam must also be offered at the time scheduled and publicized by the University for those students who desire to take the exam at that time.

  3. 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 decisions. Materials used in computing grades (e.g., exams, papers, reports, etc.) should be retained by the faculty member for five (5) years after final grades are submitted.  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 or any other system which might identify a student with her/his education record.

  4. Office Hours

    Faculty members are expected to schedule and attend at least five (5) office hours per week (See, University Policy 6‐18.101).  The office hours shall be 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Student and Peer Evaluation

    A Student Survey of Instruction (hereinafter “SSI”) is required in each 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 during each year of the probationary period.

  7. Syllabi

    Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus which includes the subject matter to be covered in a course, 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.

  8. Annual Workload Summary Reports

    All tenured faculty members are required to prepare and submit an Annual Workload Summary Report for the previous academic year. This Report includes the following items:

    • An updated curriculum vitae
    • Course evaluations (provided by the Chair) and syllabi for each course taught.

    A brief summary of professional activities related to the workload (e.g., if a faculty member has a 3 hour assignment for program coordination, a brief summary of activities related to his/her work as a Coordinator should be provided).  This summary will be evaluated by the FAC and Chair when determining future workload releases.