Professional Obligations Of
C1 General Responsibilities
- General Philosophy of the Faculty's Professional Obligations
- The professional obligations of a department include teaching
as a primary determinant and other appropriate responsibilities
(such as coaching, directing, conducting, advising, recruitment,
and administration). Determination of a faculty member's individual
obligations must take into account all these components. Student
contact hours (SCN) and student credit hours (SCH) data are to
be considered along with the other components of the faculty member's
- The Provost has the responsibility to allocate resources
to departments. His/her goal will be to achieve equity in staffing
relative to the obligations carried by each department. A corollary
to this goal of equity will be to provide, given the fiscal constraints
of the college, the best possible academic program for the students
enrolled in the college.
- It is the province
of the Provost to review all faculty obligations within departments
and divisions in order to ensure (a) that the overall objectives
of the academic program are being achieved, (b) that a reasonable
student/faculty ratio is maintained, and (c) that the concept of
a liberal arts institution is maintained, i.e., that balance be
maintained within the curriculum.
is the province of the divisional dean to review all faculty responsibilities
within each department and within his/her division(s) in order
to ensure (a) that equity of responsibilities has been discussed
and implemented within a department, (b) that student needs and
interests are being met in terms of courses offered to both majors
and non-majors, (c) that sufficient staff are employed for the
optimum functioning of the department and/or division, and (d)
that determination of staff increases or decreases be made in an
intelligent and conscientious manner.
is the province of the department, and thus ultimately of the department
chairperson, to make assignments to its faculty, the rationale
being that the department and the chairperson of the department
are in the best possible position (they are the closest to the
facts and the persons) to make these assignments. In the making
of these assignments, the following must be considered:
- Student needs and interests for the discipline must be met
in a reasonable manner, i.e., courses needed either by students
in other majors or by the department's own majors or by those
students who have an interest in the discipline must be offered.
- Academic advising for the general student or for the major
within the department must be provided.
- The professional development
of the faculty within the department needs to be assured.
- The visibility and prestige of the department as represented
in research, grants procured, publications, performances,
exhibitions, etc. should be promoted.
- Time for community service
and the advising of student groups (cf. C8.b) should be considered
as obligations are distributed.
- An overarching consideration is equity among the members
of the department.
- Normal Components of a Faculty Member's Professional Obligations
- Teaching assignment:
- Requisite faculty contact hours (FCN), normally 12 per semester,
or student contact hours (SCN) as determined by the department
and as approved by the academic dean and the Provost.
- The strategy used in determining teaching assignments will
be first, given the number of faculty available in a department,
to determine what is a viable program in a department, and
then to divide equitably, by departmental consensus, the responsibilities
of the department.
- Academic advising of up to 25 students, either majors or nonmajors.
on one standing committee or board and on one ad hoc faculty or
- Sustained professional development as
evidenced by publications, research, performances, exhibitions,
- Departmental committee assignments and/or administrative duties
as assigned by the department chairperson.
- Under certain conditions,
a faculty member may be assigned duties in one area which exceed
those listed above. When possible, s/he should be compensated by
reducing his/her obligations in another area. If this is not possible,
the overload should be compensated by a reduction of responsibilities
in the succeeding semester or academic year. If a reduction cannot
be granted, monetary compensation will be paid, subject to approval
by the Dean and Provost.
- Additional Guidelines for Assignment of Responsibilities
- Faculty involved in team-taught courses, or assisting in laboratories,
will receive proportional credit for this work. If student assistants
do work normally done by a faculty member, such as grading tests
or papers, the same principle applies.
- New faculty members are normally
excused from advising and from committee assignments in their first
year in order to enable them to concentrate on their teaching and/or
research responsibilities. If they are in their first year of college
teaching, their course load may be reduced if this is feasible
within the department.
- Faculty members engaged in major administrative
or planning tasks may be granted a reduction in teaching responsibilities
upon approval of the divisional dean and Provost.
- Department chairpersons,
because of their administrative responsibilities, may have their
teaching assignments reduced according to the following schedule:
- 12+ FTE Faculty - 1/2 reduction
- 8 - 11 FTE Faculty - 1/3 reduction
- 4 - 7 FTE Faculty - 1/4 reduction
- An enrollment of eight students is the normal minimum for
offering a course. Courses with enrollments of fewer than eight
may be offered if, in the judgement of the department chairperson
and the divisional dean, the course is essential for their
- Implementation of Policies Regarding the Professional
Obligations of Faculty.
- Implementation of the above can best be achieved if the
following are adhered to:
- Prior to each academic year, the department chairperson is required
to summarize for the dean the proposed distribution of teaching
responsibilities or the next academic year for each faculty member
within his/her department. A rationale for assignments made will
accompany this summary. Following registration for each semester,
the chairperson will update this information for the dean.
- SCN and
SCH data and any other data deemed important by the Provost and
divisional deans will be reported to the divisional deans and Provost
by the Registrar so that, insofar as possible, comparisons can
be made across departments and divisions. It should be noted, however,
that overall comparisons (college-wide) will be avoided because
of the different ways in which departments and divisions constitute
a faculty member's professional obligations. Comparisons will be
made across departments, divisions, and college-wide only when
common criteria are evident.
- Department chairpersons will be supplied
data pertaining to the distribution of teaching responsibilities
in their division (and, where significant, college-wide) so that
questions of equity and questions of staffing priorities can be
addressed on the basis of common data