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Role and Responsibility of Faculty Members

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 the graduate program are expected to present evidence of their endeavors as witnessed by publication, proposals submitted for extramural funding, and dissemination of research in various venues as appropriate to the discipline. Activity in professional organizations and the training of graduate students is 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.  Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses is part of the advising function. Most of the Department Faculty members will be either a full or associate member 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.

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.  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 to the nature of the various disciplines within the Department.

(TBD) Each Faculty member is expected to contribute to the University and Department in three areas:  teaching, research, and service.  High quality teaching is expected of all Faculty members. 

Supervision of graduate research projects, including thesis and dissertation work, is expected from all Faculty holding graduate Faculty status, and is part of the teaching function for those Faculty.  All Faculty are expected to supervise undergraduate research projects.

Being a doctoral-granting Department, the Department expects research and scholarship of all Faculty members.  Additionally,  when appropriate seeking extramural financial support for research and training of students is expected.

Service on Department, College, and University committees is expected of all Faculty.  Participation in Departmental functions such as Colloquia, Awards Day, Honors Programs, Commencement and the like are considered necessary evidence of colleagueship and Department support.