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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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Teaching
indeed, excellent, engaging, and successful teaching—is the first duty of the
faculty. Teaching is not confined to the classroom, studio, and laboratory. It often involves such
other activities as tutoring; bibliographic instruction; and supervising research, service learning,
and honors projects. Faculty members are expected to use effective pedagogical techniques,
especially in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, and the effective communication of
ideas. When evaluating a faculty member’s teaching, the Promotion and Tenure Committee will
rely on colleague evaluations, current and former student evaluations, and other relevant
materials.
Research, scholarship, and/or creative work
are vital to maintaining and advancing the
College’s academic mission and reputation. Appointment to the faculty of Birmingham-Southern
College brings with it the expectation that all professors—whether assistant, associate, or full—
will not only remain current with developments in their chosen fields of study, but also will
continue to make academic and/or artistic contributions throughout their careers. Birmingham-
Southern College acknowledges that, unlike research institutions, the quantity of such activities
is limited by the demands of teaching and service; nonetheless, the College expects its faculty to
be solid citizens of academic and artistic communities throughout their careers. Academic and
artistic contributions may be demonstrated in many ways, including but not limited to: the
publication of articles and books; presentations at professional meetings; artistic creations or
performances; service as jurors, referees, reviewers, organizers, or commentators for publishers
or conferences; and awards, whether in recognition of superior work or in the form of grants or
fellowships.
The College recognizes that different academic disciplines have different expectations;
thus the Committee will use the departmental research, scholarship, and/or creative work
guidelines for evaluating faculty for tenure and promotion. To evaluate faculty scholarship, the
Committee will rely in part on reference letters requested from outside reviewers.
Service
to the College is expected upon appointment to the faculty. This is a broad and
important component of each professor’s appointment and is essential if the College is to run
smoothly and fulfill its roles within the local and academic communities.
Service involves student advising. This is a vital part of being a professor at BSC. All
faculty will serve as academic advisors providing timely and appropriate guidance to students.
Service involves active participation in one’s department. These activities include, but are
not limited to: curriculum reviews and implementation of curricular changes, assisting in the
recruitment of new students and the hiring of new faculty, supporting departmental co-curricular
activities, and assisting in the oversight or expenditure of library resources and academic
instructional/research funds. Service may include serving as Department Chair.
Service involves active participation in the governance of the faculty and the College as
well. These activities include, but are not limited to: service on standing or elected committees of
the faculty or College, ad hoc committees, and task forces; regular attendance at department and
faculty meetings; assisting or providing leadership in appropriate co-curricular activities; and
generally participating in College functions that require faculty assistance. Faculty members are
also expected to work with other departments from time to time to assist in development,
evaluation, and recruitment.
Service often involves activities beyond the campus that develop and sustain important
connections between the College and the larger community.