Other Faculty Duties | Geology Faculty 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.

    Graduate advising is initially conducted by the Graduate Coordinator for entering graduate students and then by the student’s “major professor” and thesis/dissertation committee members once selected or appointed. The advisor provides information on academic matters, course scheduling, and matters related to the interaction of the student with other members of the Department. 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. Midterm (first year student) and final 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., graded papers, exams and other coursework not picked up by the student) should be retained by the faculty member for one (1) year 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

    Paragraph revised to conform to revised University Policy (5/22/2017) on Faculty Office Hours.

    Faculty members are expected to be available for consultation through office hours either in person or electronically at least five (5) office hours per week (See University Policy Register 3342-6-18.101). Office hours shall be posted in the departmental office from the beginning of classes until the completion of the final assessment for the course and communicated 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 and to teach the Freshman Colloquium course when it is assigned to them.

  6. Student and Peer Evaluation

    A Student Survey of Instruction (hereafter “SSI”) is required in each course in each semester as one measure of effectiveness in the classroom. Teaching evaluations 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.