Jan 24, 2022  

Academic Affairs

02:05:00 Full-Time Faculty Job Description


  1. The purpose of this policy is to set forth the responsibilities of the full-time faculty.
  2. Faculty Responsibilities
    The following list of responsibilities should not be considered as a complete list but as a guide for some of the activities that have been and are now being done in and through the College as an institution.  These guidelines must constantly be evaluated, changed, and supplemented as needs become apparent.
    1. Instruction
      1. Teach assigned courses
      2. Facilitate the classroom instructional process
      3. Evaluate students
      4. Monitor students' progress
      5. Assign final grades
      6. Provide out-of-class academic assistance to students
      7. Maintain attendance and grade records
      8. Counsel and advise learners regarding academic preparation and career goals
      9. Promote student retention
      10. Mentor and orient other faculty and staff
      11. Maintain required classroom and office hours
      12. Oversee and coordinate educational programs
      13. Teach the latest information of their discipline.
    2. Course and Curriculum Development
      1. Select texts, supplemental documents, equipment, supplies, and other learning resources
      2. Develop supplemental instructional materials
      3. Use current technology in preparation, creation and delivery of instruction
      4. Create and revise courses and/or curricula as needed
      5. Maintain updated course syllabi.
    3. Professional Growth
      1. Remain current within field of assigned instruction, related occupational areas and technologies
      2. Acquire, maintain, and apply knowledge of current instructional methodologies and materials
      3. Attend scheduled college, divisional, professional development and in-service meetings/opportunities
      4. Support related professional organizations through membership, by attending meetings and serving as officers
      5. Participate in the annual faculty evaluation process
    4. Service to Students
      1. Respect students' rights and access to educational opportunities
      2. Participate in registration process by advising and assisting learners in schedule preparation
      3. Assist in recruitment, selection, orientation and evaluation of potential learners
      4. Assist in formal and informal placement activities for employment and/or transfer to four-year institutions
      5. Support student events and activities
    5. Service to the College and Community
      1. Assist in recruitment and selection of college personnel/hiring as assigned
      2. Participate in accreditation, assessment and Quality Assurance Funding processes
      3. Support and participate in college/division/department committees, organizations and/or task forces to make recommendations in the College's decision-making processes
      4. Provide input and/or assistance in semester schedule preparation, faculty and facility assignments, as well as budgeting
      5. Attend College convocations, commencements, programs
      6. Develop/maintain positive and collegial relationships with colleagues
      7. Strengthen relationships between the College and the public through community outreach activities and, where possible, program committee service
    6. Other additional duties as may be assigned from time to time, subject to the supervision and direction of appropriate institutional representatives.
  3. Work Week and Faculty Schedules - The following guidelines for the faculty work week should be considered as a guide for fulfilling schedules through the College as an institution.
    1. In accordance with TBR policy, all full-time employees of the Tennessee Board of Regents and its institutions shall work a minimum of 37.5 per week throughout the length of their contracts (typically 9 months or 12 months). The specifications for the full-time work week hours apply to all employees, including faculty. The president or their designee determines faculty office hours at each TBR campus; this policy establishes those guidelines for Chattanooga State Community College.
    2. Faculty will create a schedule and submit it to the department head/dean within the first week of each new semester or session for approval. This schedule should reflect 30 hours of faculty work weekly. Weekly schedules should be posted on the faculty member's office door and/or maintained through appropriate technological platforms (e.g., Outlook, Calendly, etc.), as appropriate. Requests for variations from the guidelines should be made through the department head/dean to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
    3. Faculty are professionals who will adhere to their weekly 30-hour requirement on campus or virtually. When working remotely, faculty remain available as if they were working on campus.
    4. Definitions
      1. Instructional time: time spent delivering courses in person or engaging with students in online/distance learning courses.
      2. Non-instructional time: (also called "office time") time spent on College business but not in the classroom. This time will include student hours, divisional meetings, committee meetings, advising, service, professional development, and other gatherings.
        1. Student hours: (also called "office hours") time when faculty are available for meetings with students, in the faculty member's office, in another accessible campus location, or using alternative technologies that students and faculty agree upon (e.g., telephone, email, or videoconference). Faculty may elect to hold virtual student hours at times that meet students' needs; during those virtual student hours, faculty will be available to answer phone calls, emails, or otherwise connect synchronously with students. These are protected hours for students to meet with faculty; if deviations or changes are necessary, the faculty member should schedule alternative student hours and provide students and direct supervisors with adequate notice, to include posting the change where students will see it.
    5. Faculty schedules shall:
      1. Reflect a minimum of 30 hours working per week on campus or virtually to support the mission of the College. 
      2. Reflect a full teaching load for the semester: fifteen (15) credit hours or the equivalent (TBR policy) and fifteen (15) hours of non-instructional time which includes student hours as outlined in 5C below. When teaching 7-week sessions the specific time for instructional, non-instructional and student hours will differ between 7-week sessions based on the number of courses taught but will always be the equivalent of thirty (30) hours per week per semester. It is understood that the additional 7.5 hours dedicated to the college (of the 37.5 hour work week) is unscheduled.
      3.  Allocate two-thirds (2/3) of non-instructional time as student hours each week. This allows faculty who teach more than 15 hours per week more equitable access to professional development and committee service. For example, faculty teaching 15 class hours would schedule 10 student hours and 5 non-instructional hours per week. Faculty teaching 18 class hours would schedule 8 student hours and 4 non-instructional hours per week. 
      4.  Reflect any teaching overloads. For example, a faculty member who is teaching an additional 3-credit course would have a schedule indicating, at minimum, 33 hours of work per week.
    6. During summer semesters, faculty will dedicate, at minimum, one hour per week per classroom contact hour to student hours, either virtually or on-campus.
    7. This policy will be reviewed after the Fall 2021 semester and thereafter on an annual basis.


Source: TBR Policy


Submitted to Policy Review Committee on June 4, 2021

Submitted to Policy Review Board on July 8, 2021

Approved by Policy Review Board on July 28, 2021


Submitted to Policy Review Committee on September 16, 2019

Submitted to Policy Review Board on October 21, 2019

Approved by Policy Review Board on October 30, 2019