Sep 29, 2020  

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 faculty schedules through the College as an institution.  These guidelines must constantly be evaluated, changed, and supplemented as needs become apparent.
    1. In accordance with TBR policy, all employees of the Tennessee Board of Regents and its institutions who are considered to be full-time shall work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week throughout the year.  The specifications for the full-time workweek hours apply to all employees, including faculty.  Faculty office hours are determined by the president or their designee.
    2. Nine-month faculty schedules traditionally reflect 30 hours on-campus distributed over at least 5 days each week.  Normally, this includes 15 instructional hours (e.g. 5 three credit hour classes) and 15 "office hours."  In some cases, teaching assignments, course credit hours and other factors may necessitate a variation.  In such cases, request for changes will be submitted to the department head/dean for review.  All changes require the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before being implemented.
    3. Work week requirements and rules for preparing full-time faculty schedules (a.k.a. office hours) are as follows:
      1. Full-time faculty must document a minimum of 30 hours on campus.  This is normally 15 class hours and 15 office hours. The minimum 30 hours on campus includes all forms of course delivery, including online and hybrid courses and their associated office hours.
      2. Faculty with a reduced load may adjust their teaching schedules accordingly, but still need to reflect a minimum of 30 hours on campus.
      3. Faculty with an overload course must add the additional credit hours (e.g. a 3-hour credit class overload would reflect 33 hours on campus) to their on-campus schedule. (Additional office hours are not required.)
      4. Schedules must include a minimum of 2 hours on campus each of the five work days (Monday - Friday).
      5. 30-hour schedules must be provided to department head/dean and posted where students can see them.  Faculty may post a 27-hour schedule to their office door.
      6. Twelve-month faculty shall work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week as determined by the department head/dean.


Source: TBR Policy


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