It is the policy of the College of Liberal Arts that full-time faculty members are required to hold a minimum of one office hour per week for each class section taught, including overload assignments. Part-time faculty members are required to hold a minimum of two office hours per week. Office hours must be held on a minimum of two days in the week.
In keeping with their need to be accessible to students and others for the programs they manage, it is expected that program directors, chairs and other administrators maintain a calendar, available to their administrative assistants, indicating times during which they may be reached in their offices. It is recommended that one hour each week for each hour of assigned time they receive in their position should be devoted to this purpose.
Teaching Graduate Courses
Full‐time faculty teaching a stand-alone graduate course (or multiple graduate classes) during the academic year (fall/spring) will receive three hours of assigned time for that semester (three hours of assigned time is the maximum for any given semester regardless of how many graduate courses an individual faculty member teaches during a specific term). For summer terms, full‐time faculty teaching stand‐alone, three‐hour graduate courses will be compensated at the rate of six credit hours for the first three‐hour graduate course and at a regular rate for any additional graduate courses taught during that term. Exceptions may be made in cases where full‐time faculty have administrative assignments that conflict with this policy or in cases that conflict with departmental or programmatic accreditation standards. Those cases of exception will be determined by the department chair of the faculty member’s home department in conjunction with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Blackboard Use for Course Materials & Student Communication
In the spirit of environmental sustainability and cost effectiveness, the College of Liberal Arts will require all faculty to place their course materials (excluding exams and other exempted materials) on Blackboard for student dissemination beginning Fall 2010. Printed copies of syllabi, readings, assignments, and other handouts will not be provided to students.
The following criteria relate to this policy:
Faculty Use of Participation Activities in Grading Practices
Incorporating the use of participation and/or attendance as a graded activity in liberal arts classes is at the discretion of the instructor. However, if any percentage of a final course grade is based upon participation activity(ies), the following criteria must be met.
Policy Regarding Faculty Absences from Scheduled Classes
1. When a faculty member is unexpectedly absent:
An absent faculty member should call the chair of his/her department. If the chair cannot be reached, a message should be left AND the faculty member should call the administrative assistant. If the AA cannot be reached, the next call should be to the College Office. It is important that a sick faculty member talks to a real person and not just assumes that a message left on voicemail will be sufficient.
If a class must be cancelled, the first preference is for a faculty member to make the announcement. Only if faculty is not available should Administrative Assistants be asked to make the announcement.
If an AA is asked to cancel a class, she should not be asked to hand out study questions, take attendance, or undertake any other course-related tasks.
2. When a faculty member knows in advance of an absence:
Faculty should not simply cancel classes during their absence. Nor should departments be obliged to find faculty to teach in place of the absent colleague. Instead, the faculty member should arrange to provide students with a meaningful educational experience for each class period that he/she is absent. Such experiences would include, but not be limited to:
Absences of up to three consecutive University business days must be coordinated with the department Chair. For absences of more than three consecutive University business days, the faculty member must obtain approval in advance from both the Chair and the Dean.
3. If a faculty member is absent for an extended period:
The department chair, working in collaboration with the Dean and, where appropriate, the faculty member, shall make arrangements to secure a substitute or replacement teacher for each course affected.
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