RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY MEMBERS
All instructional personnel are expected to dedicate their primary energies and loyalties to the service of their students. A major responsibility of all instructional personnel is to meet every scheduled class period for classes, which meet on a regular basis. Instructors shall not dismiss class or change class meeting hours, dates or classrooms without prior approval from the appropriate Dean. Instructors must not permit any outside interests to interfere with their obligations to students. All full-time faculty members may be required to teach off-campus, weekend or evening classes. Faculty members who utilize electronic delivery to teach students must adhere to college guidelines. The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of its curriculum with its faculty.
- Instructors have as their primary responsibility a commitment to be dedicated, effective, and concerned teachers.
- All instructors are to be familiar with and adhere to all policies and procedures of the institution.
- Instructors are expected to conduct classroom instruction at the highest possible level of quality, efficiency, and interest for students.
- All faculty will be responsible for classroom management. Clear expectations and standards for optimum learning will be discussed on the first day of class or within the first week of classes so that all students will understand the learning environment at Navarro College.
- Instructors are expected to plan and develop efficient procedures for evaluating student learning.
- Instructors who are assigned laboratory sections are expected to remain with the students during laboratory periods.
- Instructors are expected to meet every scheduled class on time and keep the class for the entire scheduled period.
- Opportunities to instruct evening and off-campus courses will be made available first on a volunteer basis; however, if there are no volunteers, the appropriate Dean will make assignments to properly serve students.
- Full-time instructors are required to keep regular office hours for student conferences, advising, and other duties.
- All instructors are required to make reports from time to time as required by the administration of the College. Such reports must be submitted within the time limit established by the administration.
- Instructors shall keep accurate records of student attendance and grades so that evaluation of student progress can be made at any time. Instructors are required to maintain grade and attendance records and submit this documentation at the end of each semester to the office of the appropriate Dean.
- Instructors are to provide additional assistance for students who request such assistance. An instructor may not tutor for pay any student enrolled in one of his/her classes and for whom he/she must submit a final grade.
- Instructors may participate in professional activities and may belong to such professional organizations as they desire.
- Instructors are to prepare a course syllabus for each course which they are teaching and distribute within the first week a copy of the syllabus to each student in each class with a copy submitted to the appropriate Dean.
- Each course syllabus will include the College policy adopted by the Board of Trustees relative to classroom decorum and student expectations while attending classes.
- All instructors are required to attend Convocation and other faculty meetings unless they are excused by the person authorized to call the meeting.
- Instructors may volunteer to sponsor student clubs and organizations.
- All instructors must make continuing efforts to improve the quality of their course and their instruction.
- Instructors shall advise students about regulations of the College concerning sequence of courses, majors, minors, graduation requirements, transferring to senior colleges, and other such information.
- Instructors who find it necessary to be absent from class should notify the appropriate Dean in order for the work of the instructor to continue.
- Instructors shall participate in the evaluation procedure outlined elsewhere in this manual.
- Instructors are to grade all examinations and allow students to review any graded exams not returned; students have the right to view and ask questions about exam results. Final exams completed by students are to be kept on file for at least six weeks after final grades are awarded and sample exams/questions are to be kept by the instructor in a permanent file.
- Instructors will utilize the approved textbook for every course taught and will require students to use that text in the instructional process.
- Instructors are required to keep their personnel file up-to-date with official transcripts and other information as required.
- Instructors should be knowledgeable of the contents of the current College Catalog, Navarro College Policy and Procedures Manual, and other appropriate college publications.
- Instructors should perform other appropriate duties as assigned by authorized personnel, i.e. Career Day, UIL activities, advising, graduation, student recruitment, etc.
- Instructors are required to attend the annual graduation ceremony unless excused by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- Instructors are expected to support all and attend a reasonable number of college events such as music productions, athletic contests, club sponsored activities, drama productions, celebrations of student success, etc.
- Instructors are required to support and participate in the college Faculty Centered Student Advising Program.
- Based on SACS Comprehensive Standards, Faculty Members:
- Participate in an evaluation system to “evaluate the effectiveness of each faculty member”;
- “Provide evidence of ongoing professional development”; and
- Meet SACS credential guidelines.
- Instructors do not have responsibilities for educational research or publishing but they may do so on their own time. If College time and resources are used, the College maintains ownership of research or published materials including electronic delivery materials. Research or publication completed on personal time becomes the property of the faculty member.
- Instructors are required to follow the Code of Professional Ethics displayed in Board Policy EK – Faculty Code of Professional Ethics.
Although specific expectations of faculty members are enumerated in this document, the purpose of these guidelines is to provide constructive direction to the faculty. That is, the purpose of the list of responsibilities is to encourage compliance with “the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law”.
Approved: May 7, 2015
Updated: February 27, 2017