Role and Responsibility of the Faculty
Each faculty member is expected to contribute to the Department and the University according to the terms of appointment. Some faculty members make their primary contribution in teaching while others emphasize research. High quality teaching and scholarly activity are expected of all faculty and are recognized by the Department as being of equal importance. Service to the Department, the College, and the University is expected of each faculty member.
Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus or outline of 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. For Kent Campus faculty, a Student Evaluation of Teaching is required in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Chair. For Regional Campus faculty, Student Evaluation of Teaching will be conducted according to the dictates of the appropriate Regional Campus Dean. Peer review of teaching is encouraged. Probationary faculty undergo peer review each year of the probationary period. Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses are part of the teaching function.
Scholarly activity is expected of all faculty, although the extent and/or type of activity may vary with specific faculty member assignment and campus location. Those faculty on the Kent Campus involved in research and the graduate program are expected to present evidence of their endeavors as witnessed by publication, presentation of papers, seeking of extramural funding, activity in professional organizations, and the training of graduate students. Those Kent Campus faculty whose primary contribution is in teaching are encouraged to participate in research and are expected to present evidence of scholarly activity, either as noted above or in the area of pedagogical research and instructional development. Regional Campus faculty are encouraged to participate in research and are expected to present evidence of scholarly activity, either as noted above or in the area of pedagogical research and instructional development. Evidence of research and scholarship is essential for reappointment, tenure, and promotion (Section V, Appendix II and Appendix III).
Service to the University is a responsibility of each faculty member. Departmental, Collegial, and University committee or task force membership is expected as a normal portion of the workload. Special or outstanding service above and beyond that which is typical may be considered during review of a faculty member, but service alone will not abrogate the expectations for quality teaching and scholarly activity. Public service is encouraged and recognized as a part of the appointment of each faculty member, although contributions in this area can be expected to vary widely due to the nature of individual subdisciplines within the biological sciences.