Section 7: Duties of Faculty Members

Each faculty member is expected to maintain an attitude of loyalty to the fundamental principles and the government of the College, to promote its moral and ethical tradition, and to work toward the fulfillment of the purpose of the College.

The responsibilities of full-time members of the faculty to the College are fulfilled when they carry teaching loads appropriate to their ranks and programs and when they perform appropriate amounts of scholarly research or its equivalent, public service, and college committee work. A faculty member may count time on family leave or short-term disability leave as full-time service to the college. “Short-term disability” applies to medically necessary leave for an individual faculty member whereas “family leave” applies to leave to care for family members. Both kinds of leaves may apply to a given case (e.g., a faculty member who gives birth). In such cases, he or she is expected to show the same appropriate amounts of scholarly research or its equivalent, public service, and college committee work by his or her next review. After the leave, the faculty member should return to his or her appropriate teaching load. Classes missed during leave do not need to be taught later to constitute full-time service. Whether a faculty member chooses to count time on leave or not does not affect his or her full-time status for Human Resource purposes (e.g., insurance, etc). When possible, leave should be arranged in advance. Faculty members are encouraged to inform their department chairs in a timely manner, though leave cannot be denied due to a lack of advance notification alone. The faculty member should begin by making arrangements with his or her department chair. The department chair will consult other faculty in the department and draw up a proposal to meet the college’s needs during the leave. The faculty member and department chair will discuss the proposal with the Provost, who, if he or she approves and after consultation with Human Resources, will forward the proposal to the Faculty Personnel Council (FPC) for approval. If the FPC does not approve the proposal, it can be revised and resubmitted to the FPC. In unusual circumstances, the Provost can approve leave without the FPC’s approval. Faculty members taking family leave must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Provost and the FPC substantial and sustained responsibility for the family member specified in his or her proposal for leave. (12/2007) All faculty members shall designate adequate hours when they will be available in their offices for consultation with students; they shall post their schedules of office hours in a suitable place and adhere to them as closely as possible. Faculty members shall keep unreturned student work in the department for the student author's scrutiny for at least one semester following submission of the work. All faculty members are expected to distribute the standard course evaluation forms in a timely manner each semester. (4/2006)

Full-time faculty members may engage in professional or business activities of an income- producing nature, so long as these activities are not in conflict with performance of the faculty member's duties or College interests. The Provost should be informed in advance and approve of such outside activities. Teaching at an educational institution other than Centenary College is not permitted without specific approval by the President.

All faculty members shall be present for First-Friday to meet and greet faculty and administrators, and shall continue on duty throughout the academic year, including commencement exercises but excluding College holidays. For commencement exercises and College convocations, all faculty members must provide their own academic regalia. Faculty members are expected to meet their classes regularly and on time and to inform the chair of their department if they must miss class. Attendance at faculty meetings is expected. For "Areas of Responsibility of the Faculty," see Appendix B; for committee functions, see Section 6.

In order for a course to be offered during the academic year, it must be included in the College catalogue for that academic year. New courses must be approved by the Academic Policy Council. (4/2011) Selected Topics and Interdisciplinary Topics must be approved by the Academic Policy Council before the printing of the class schedule. Faculty members will be responsible for assessment in courses offered as well as the periodic assessment of their academic unit. Flexible approaches to assessment are encouraged. (4/2006)

The College has set aside the week before final examinations in both the Spring and Fall semesters as a special time to review academic work and prepare for final examinations. It is designated as PREPARATION WEEK. As of 8 a.m. on the first day of Preparation Week, no papers, tests, or additional work (beyond completion of courses) may be assigned. Lab tests may be given during Preparation Week, and class assignments made earlier in the semester may be due during Preparation Week. Petitions for exceptions to policies governing Preparation Week must be submitted to the President of the College.

Each Spring semester a convocation is held to award honors to students at the College; this is to be scheduled as the last convocation each Spring. Details of the types of honors conferred are contained in the College Catalog. Faculty should make every effort to be in attendance at the Honors Convocation.

All faculty members must submit an annual report and an updated CV to their department chairs and the Provost by the first class day of spring semester. The report should include the following information:

  1. A statement evaluating achievements and activities of the previous academic year regarding teaching aids, methods, techniques, course revision, course development, research and writing, meetings, papers, committee work, organizations, community service, summer study, and other relevant data.
  2. A statement of professional goals for the ensuing year, using the same criteria as above.
  3. A list of suggestions for improvement of departmental academic goals.
  4. Suggestions for feasible changes in any aspect of the College that would improve the quality of the professional experience of the faculty and administrative staff and the educational experience and campus life of the students.

Last updated May 20, 2011.

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