TT faculty are required to advise 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. MA student advising is conducted by the student’s MA Committee, in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Ph.D. student advising is conducted initially by a student’s Ph.D. Committee and then by the student’s dissertation committee, also in consultation with the graduate coordinator. In order to assist in student advising, TT faculty members should maintain current knowledge of University, College, and Department programs and requirements.
2. Final examinations
In accordance with University Policy as described on the final exam schedules, final examinations or class meetings during final examination week must be held at the time and place listed for each course in the Final Examination Schedule. All classes are expected to have some instructional or evaluative activity during the final examination time. If an examination is given, with the department chairperson or school director and dean’s permission, at some time other than scheduled, then it must still be available to one or more students at the officially scheduled time.
3. Grades and Student Records
All 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. Repeated failure of faculty members to provide grades in compliance with University Policy will be taken into consideration in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit 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 or any other system which might identify a student with her/his education record.
4. Office Hours
All faculty members are expected to schedule and attend at least five (5) office hours per week (See, University Policy Register). 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.
5. Participation in University Activities
TT faculty members are expected on equitable basis 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 (See, ARTICLE V of this Handbook).
Probationary TT faculty members are required to undergo peer review of teaching during each year of the probationary period.
All 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.