Role and Responsibility of the Faculty

Each faculty member is expected to contribute to the Campus, department/school/independent college, academic college and the University according to the terms and conditions of his/her letter of appointment.  All faculty are expected to provide high quality teaching.   Scholarly activity is expected of all Faculty members.  Service to the Campus, department/school/independent college, academic college, and the University is also expected of each Faculty member.

Faculty members are required to provide students with a syllabus which includes the subject matter to be covered in a course and additional material as listed in Section V of this handbook. A Student Survey of Instruction (SSI) is required in each course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Campus Dean pursuant to applicable University policies and procedures.  Faculty members are required to undergo peer review of teaching during the probationary period.  Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses can be part of the teaching function.

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/or creative activity are expected to present evidence of their endeavors as witnessed by publication, proposals submitted for extramural funding, performances and juried exhibitions and dissemination of research and/or creative activity in various venues as appropriate to the discipline.  Activity in professional organizations is also recognized.

Service to the University is a responsibility of each Faculty member.  Academic unit, Campus, academic 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 at the Campus.