The individual instructor is the key figure in the educational process of the college, and his/her attitude, personality, skill, character, and initiative will determine how well the college accomplishes its mission and the general education objectives. He/she plays a prominent role in curriculum development through constant evaluation of student and course outcomes. Refer to PA-22-01 for information on academic freedom. (Access the complete detailed RSCC Policy PA-22-01, Academic Tenure, at www.roanestate.edu/policies/.)
Part-time faculty members are employed on a per-term, per-hour, or per-course basis. Terms and responsibilities of part-time faculty are determined on the basis of need at the time of employment. Part-time faculty are not entitled to rank or tenure. Refer to PA-27-01 for information on adjunct faculty credentials and to PA-26-02 for information on supervision, orientation, and evaluation of adjunct faculty. (Access the complete detailed RSCC Policy PA-27-01, Faculty Qualifications, and PA-26-02, Faculty Evaluation, at www.roanestate.edu/policies/.)
The following list of responsibilities and procedures 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.
Faculty members who are assigned full-time to one of the instructional divisions are responsible to the appropriate dean and the Vice President for Student Learning for fulfilling the following duties and responsibilities:
In most cases, teaching time and office/work-related travel time are related on a one-to-one basis. Thus, a faculty member teaching a 15 hour load of traditional live classes (without laboratory or clinical components) would report 15 hours of teaching time and 15 hours of office/work-related travel time. Full-time faculty teaching in laboratory and clinical settings would report the same total number of hours on the locator as do faculty without lab/clinical responsibilities. However, teaching time will represent more than 50% of the hours reported for faculty with lab/clinical responsibilities. (This example applies when faculty with or without lab/clinical responsibilities have credit hour loads containing the same mix of live and web-based hours. Additional guidelines for reporting requirements specific to web-based instruction are included below.)
Faculty who are granted release time for a given semester will not be required to report the teaching release time or associated office/work-related travel time on the faculty locator. For example, a faculty member with 3 hours of release time would report a total of 24 hours of teaching time and office/work-related travel time on the locator.
If a faculty member is teaching a paid overload, the faculty member will not be required to have office time scheduled beyond that associated with their full-time load. If the faculty member is teaching an overload in one semester with the intent of teaching an underload in the following semester, one additional hour of office time for each overload hour should be scheduled. During the underload semester, the hours reported for office/work-related travel time, should equal the hours of teaching credit hour load (except as noted above for laboratory and clinical instruction).
In order to accommodate the needs of students enrolled in web courses, faculty will have the option of arranging for one hour of “virtual teaching time” for each credit hour of web-based teaching (this does not apply to web-enhanced teaching). Additionally, one hour of “virtual office time” may be arranged for each credit hour of web-based teaching (again, this does not apply to web-enhanced instruction). Faculty will not be required to be on campus for these virtual teaching and office hours. Regardless of the mix of live and web-based classes in a faculty member’s schedule, however, faculty locators will report a minimum of 10 hours of combined teaching time and office/work-related travel time. Table 1 provides details on the relationship between faculty credit hour load in an online format and total time reported on the faculty locator.
|Teaching Hour Load: Live||Teaching Hour Load: Web||Reported Teaching Time*||Reported Office/Work-related Travel Time||Sum of Reported Teaching & Office/Work-related Travel Time|
* Time in a face-to-face class setting (contact hours)
All faculty members are expected to maintain office hours (representing the major portion of the broader office time classification) and provide normal tutorial assistance to their students. Under no circumstances will a faculty member charge any student enrolled in the college for assistance in matters related to his/her teaching duties. Faculty will also be available to students for advising purposes during office hours.
It is possible that for faculty who teach classes with laboratory or clinical components the sum of teaching time and work-related travel time may equal or exceed 30 hours per week (i.e., the faculty member fulfills the 30 hour reporting requirement on the locator without the inclusion of any office hours). In this circumstance, the faculty member would, nonetheless, report a minimum of four office hours per week (meaning that the total hours reported on the locator would exceed 30).
Teaching time and office/work-related travel time will be rescheduled each term to correspond to the new schedule for that particular term. Faculty locators indicating hours of availability (defined as teaching time, office time, and work-related travel time) must be posted in the immediate vicinity of each of the faculty member's office/workspace location(s) and filed with the appropriate dean and the Vice President for Student Learning. It is the responsibility of the deans to see that new faculty locators are posted promptly each term.
Faculty locators will list the faculty member’s Roane State email address and Roane State telephone number. Locators will also provide information on the total number of credit hours being taught in a web format by the faculty member. Additionally, faculty locators will include a statement indicating that office hours may be arranged by appointment.
Notwithstanding the requirements defined in this document, other arrangements may be developed by the mutual agreement of a faculty member and their dean in unusual circumstances. Such agreements must be in writing.
In addition to the instructional responsibilities, faculty members are expected to perform other duties that contribute to the welfare and support of the college. Among these are academic advising of students and committee assignments. Assignment of non-instructional duties will be examined to assure that faculty members will not be asked to assume additional responsibilities which might prove detrimental to teaching performance.
The Vice President for Student Learning will appoint standing committees in the fall term to serve for that academic year. Faculty members are given the opportunity to indicate preference for committee assignments. Although every person may not receive their first choice, an attempt will be made to honor the requests. Efforts will be made to limit the faculty member to no more than two standing committee assignments per academic year. Occasionally, faculty members may be asked to work on a special task force or temporary committee assignment. If any faculty member is asked to serve on more than two committees and that faculty member thinks that the additional assignment would be detrimental to teaching performance, the faculty member can ask to be relieved of the additional assignment. Refer to RSCC Policy GA-25-01, Standing Committees, at www.roanestate.edu/policies/.
Faculty members who perform other non-instructional responsibilities, such as sponsoring a student organization, may be relieved of additional committee assignments.
(Originally posted as RSCC policy AA-03-01)