Faculty Handbook 2015–16

Faculty Professional Obligation

At Purchase College, “every faculty member is expected to be an active and engaged scholar or professional artist, an effective teacher, and a participant in the civic life of the campus” (Faculty Bylaws, Article XII, Sec. A1). Please refer to the full Article XII, Criteria for Reappointment and Promotion of Faculty, in the Faculty Bylaws for expanded definitions.

The president announces the period of faculty obligation for the upcoming academic year. For the 2015–16 academic year, the dates are August 24, 2015, through May 23, 2016. The obligation of faculty members holding semester appointments begins with the first day of classes for the semester and ends with the last day of finals for that semester.

A full-time obligation assumes a five-day workweek (Monday through Friday). During the week before the start of the fall semester and the weeks that classes are in session, faculty members are obligated to be on campus at least three days per week. Full-time faculty members are expected to maintain a significant and substantial on-campus presence. In order to be available to students, participate in activities related to student success, and contribute to faculty governance, a four-day per week on-campus presence is often necessary. All faculty members are expected to meet their classes as scheduled.

Teaching in the Core Curriculum/General Education Program
Your dean and chair or director will work with you to determine how you will meet your annual teaching obligation to the college’s core curriculum/general education program.

Course Scheduling and Rotation
Courses are scheduled and rotated among faculty members for the benefit of the students; no course belongs to any particular faculty member.

Faculty members are required to work on legal holidays on which classes are scheduled. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific dates.

Faculty Absences and Appropriate Coverage

For related information, including charges to sick-leave accruals, please refer to Sick Leave and the Family and Medical Leave Act in the Leaves section. Unauthorized absences are addressed in Article 23.10 of the 2011-2016 NYS/UUP Agreement.

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