Role and Responsibility of the Faculty | Kent State University

Role and Responsibility of the Faculty

Each faculty member is expected to contribute to the Department, Campus, College, and the University according to the terms and conditions of their 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 type of activity may vary with the terms of each Faculty member’s assignment and campus location.  According to CBA Section IX.2.D, each continuing tenured Faculty member must prepare and submit an annual workload summary report.  For Faculty involved in research and the graduate program it is appropriate to include evidence of publications, proposals submitted for extramural funding, and dissemination of research in various venues. 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. Some faculty members will be involved primarily in undergraduate teaching.  Typically, a Faculty member will be a full or associate member of the Graduate Faculty.  Full Graduate Faculty members are expected to be involved in significant research activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research. Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses is part of the teaching function.

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 any 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.