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
POLICY REGARDING FACULTY ABSENCES FROM SCHEDULED CLASSES
1. Unexpected Absences
A faculty member, who is unexpectedly absent, must call his/her department chair. If the chair cannot be reached, the faculty member should leave a message and call the departmental administrative assistant. If the administrative assistant cannot be reached, the faculty member should call the College of Liberal Arts Main Office (464-1855). An absent faculty member must speak with one of the individuals listed above; a message or an email is not sufficient.
If a class must be cancelled, the faculty member should notify students by email and Blackboard as soon as she/he knows that a class will be cancelled. This notification should also include any instructions for students that pertain to work due on the day of the cancellation, as well as any accommodation or assignments to compensate for lost class time.
An administrative assistant should announce class cancellations only when the absent faculty member is unable to do so. Furthermore, administrative assistants should not distribute study questions, take attendance, or perform any other course-related activities.
2. Scheduled Absences
Faculty members, who know in advance that they will be absent from class, are required to make arrangements to provide students with a meaningful educational experience for each class period that the faculty member will be absent. In these cases, the faculty member should arrange for another faculty member to be present during the class meeting times. Examples of such experiences include, but are not limited to:
Arrangements to cover classes due to absences of up to three consecutive University business days must be coordinated with the department chair.
3. Extended Absences
For absences of more than three consecutive University business days, the faculty member must obtain approval in advance from both the department chair and the college dean, who must approve arrangements for covering classes.
If a faculty member will be unable to meet his or her class(es) for an extended period of time (typically one week or more), the department chair, in consultation with the dean of the college, will make arrangements to secure a replacement instructor for each course affected by the extended absence.
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