Responsibility of the Faculty | Kent State University

Responsibility of the Faculty

Each Faculty member is expected to contribute to the Program, School, 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. High quality teaching and scholarly activity are expected of all Faculty members.

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. A Student Survey of Instruction (hereinafter “SSI”) is required in each course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Director pursuant to applicable University policies and procedures (Section IX of this Handbook). Probationary Faculty is expected to work with the School Director to identify at least one Faculty member each year to visit their class and evaluate their teaching performance. Supervision and direction of student research projects, master’s theses/projects, and/or dissertations (as appropriate to program offerings) and advising are 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 a graduate program are expected to present evidence of their endeavors, which may include publications, 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 generally expected.

Service to the University is a responsibility of each Faculty member. Program, School, 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 School.

The Faculty of each academic program in the College is responsible for maintaining standards of high quality commensurate with the goal of excellence in all graduate and undergraduate programs. Faculty members in each program are employed by the University for expertise on curricular matters and; therefore, are best equipped to design, implement, and evaluate academic programs.

The program faculties are responsible for academic standards and student affairs for their programs. They are expected to be well informed on matters of state and national accreditation standards, trends in their field of specialization, information regarding supply and demand, and particular issues or problems related to academic and student matters in their area. Further, program faculties are expected to relate effectively to other faculties within their School and the College. It is expected that program faculties will generate information about their programs for dissemination to colleagues and prospective students, will seek visibility and recognition for the quality of their program, and will pursue needed external funding to support their innovative efforts. It is also important that each program Faculty be well informed on School and College issues and provides input to decision making processes where the program Faculty has identified needs or a particular position. This role is viewed as good citizenship in the College, as well as beneficial to the quality of the program.