Professional Practice and Development

Faculty should demonstrate evidence of sustained inquiry and continual professional activity and growth, consistent with the opportunities, expectations, and advancement of their disciplines or professions. They should display active engagement in artistic, scholarly, or professional production. Professional development activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Portfolio of published materials/projects
  • Exhibitions, exhibition catalogs
  • Published articles, fiction or non-fiction
  • Lectures, participation on panels, symposia, etc.
  • Jurying of exhibitions, guest critiques at another institution
  • Guest teaching/artist residency
  • Community activity, involvement, organization
  • Introduction of new programs, courses, curricula
  • Research
  • Professional accounts/commissions
  • Consulting

College-wide Responsibilities

  1. Participate in the Assessment Program
  2. Attend Commencement
  3. Serve on at least one Faculty Assembly or College-wide committee
  4. Participate in College-wide activities such as:
    • Faculty Assembly
    • Installation of the Student Exhibition
    • Strategic planning activities
    • Self-Study and re-accreditation activities
    • Student recruitment activities

Departmental Responsibilities

  1. Participate in departmental meetings.
  2. Participate in curriculum assessment and planning.
  3. Serve on departmental committees.
  4. Participate in the mentoring process, and serve as a mentor.
  5. Establish and post regular weekly office hours to enable “mentees” and students to meet with you. The number of office hours necessary to meet mentoring needs may vary during the semester.
  6. Participate in departmental student reviews.
  7. Assist the department, as appropriate, in determining equipment and facilities needs and in maintaining the operational readiness of equipment and facilities.
  8. Participate in preparing departmental budget submissions.
  9. Assist in coordinating and encouraging student participation in departmental exhibitions and outreach.
  10. Participate in the department’s student recruitment activities.
  11. Assist, as appropriate, in obtaining outside funding to support the department’s educational program.

Teaching Responsibilities

  1. Teach courses as assigned by the department, in accordance with curricular goals and criteria established by the department and the College.
  2. Teach three 3-credit courses per semester. At least one-third of a faculty member’s teaching load must be in the department to which the faculty member is appointed.
  3. Prepare and distribute to students, in each course taught, a written syllabus describing the goals, objectives, and expectations of the class. A syllabus must be prepared in the standard format requested by the Office of the Provost. This format is available from the program managers. Syllabi due dates are determined by the department; upon receipt, syllabi are reviewed by the Chair who then forwards an approved copy to the Office of the Provost.
  4. Adhere to best teaching practices:
    1. Demonstrate effectiveness as educators, evincing a thorough and up-to-date understanding of their field/discipline and pedagogical practices.
    2. Clearly communicate course-specific content as determined by their respective departments.
    3. Manifest openness to innovative practices that enhance student learning, including technological advancements in pedagogy.
    4. Adhere to learning outcomes and assessment practices that have been established by their respective departments and the College.
    5. Determine that the classroom is properly set up for each session. Arrive punctually and remain throughout the entire class.
    6. Mentor students regarding their professional and academic goals.
    7. Conduct timely evaluations of students, including grading, according to policies and criteria established by the department and the College.
    8. Acquaint students with the proper use of materials and equipment, as appropriate.
  5. Seek or participate in sponsored projects, where appropriate to their respective departments. The Chair of each department has the discretion to determine whether a sponsored project meets the educational objectives of the course and to assign the project to a particular faculty. The Chair may decline the project if it does not meet the curricular needs of the program.
  6. Faculty are responsible for establishing an attendance policy for each of their classes and for outlining that policy on the course syllabus. Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policy for their class and adhering to those requirements. Students seeking exceptions to an instructor’s attendance policy should be discussed with that instructor. For complete policy, see CCS Attendance Policy.