Teaching Schedule

The schedule of each faculty member is arranged by the Department Chair in consultation with the faculty member. Department schedules are subject to the approval of the appropriate Dean. A full-time faculty member must be scheduled to teach at least one class per semester in the department to which he/she is appointed unless on sabbatical or leave.

Academic Year

A faculty member’s responsibilities extend over the course of an academic year. The academic year begins the Monday of the week before the week in which classes begin in the Fall semester, and concludes with the Student Exhibition opening on the day following Commencement. While a faculty member’s responsibilities fall primarily within this part of the calendar cycle, the responsibilities of full-time faculty members may and often do require them to perform duties at times outside the academic year. Faculty members are required to honor reasonable requests from the President, the Provost, the Deans, or Department Chairs to attend to faculty responsibilities (for example, on-campus departmental meetings or representing the department or College at various events) at times other than the regular academic year.

Terms of Employment for Full-Time Faculty

Full-time faculty are eligible to receive employment contracts of up to three academic years in length. The contract is in the form of a letter of appointment that incorporates the policies, duties, responsibilities and other information contained in this handbook. An appointment is to a specific department and, in some cases, to a section or concentration within that department. With the issuance of an initial contractual letter of appointment, faculty members are given access to the CCS Handbook for Full-Time Faculty, including revisions through the date of delivery. The handbook is available on Blackboard. In certain circumstances, a faculty member may be employed without a contractual letter of appointment. In such a case, the faculty member is employed at-will, and either CCS or the employee may terminate the relationship, with or without cause, at any time.