Faculty Duties and Responsibilities

This section describes the duties and responsibilities related to faculty teaching, service and leadership. Expectations vary by rank (you can find more information regarding Promotion in Rank on the Goodwin Policy Website).


Teaching excellence requires that faculty use models and practices that achieve optimal student learning. Specific duties related to teaching and student learning include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching 15 credit/contact hours per semester; however, faculty may be granted a reduction in load at the discretion of the Department Chair (e.g., for administrative duties).
  • Posting and maintaining office hours on campus for at least 3 days per week (total 6 hours) and additional hours by appointment when requested by students in need of academic support. These hours are in addition to regularly scheduled teaching hours and meetings.
  • Faculty must be available as needed for scheduled meetings. These meetings usually occur Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM; however, they may occur at other times as well based on departmental needs.
  • Facilitating classroom or online learning based on best practices that promote student learning (e.g. provide prompt feedback, communicate high expectations, respect diversity, and use a variety of teaching strategies, etc.).
  • Updating syllabi according to the master course syllabus, uploading the syllabus to Blackboard prior to the class start, and sending an electronic copy to the department by Census Day.
  • Adhering to instructional procedures and deadlines (e.g. Census Day, final exam and grade deadlines, using Goodwin email to respond to student inquiries promptly, using Blackboard, and notifying the Department Chair, Program Director or Administrative Assistant immediately if your class is canceled due to an emergency).
  • Attending graduation ceremonies.
  • Participating in accreditation and assessment activities.


Service includes all activities that aid the community in addressing societal problems within the College, local, national and international communities. Examples of service include:

  • Participating in Faculty Senate, departmental meetings and at least one shared governance committee.
  • Volunteering at campus events such as orientation, serving as a club advisor, contributing to the food bank or fund-raising activity.
  • Providing academic advisement.
  • Serving in a leadership role on local, regional or national boards, community organizations or professional associations.
  • Supporting the Colleges' efforts to develop a culture of philanthropy.
  • Participating in special projects as assigned by the Department Chair.


Scholarship is both the discovery of new knowledge through innovation and research, and the application of that knowledge across disciplines. Scholarship involves a commitment to learning and developing expertise in one’s career field. Some examples of scholarly activity include:

  • Attending internal or external events that contribute to the development of expertise (e.g., maintaining clinical skills and certifications).
  • Sharing career expertise with others (e.g. panel speaker, reviewing texts).
  • Conducting scholarly research (e.g., Office of Institutional Effectiveness Fellowship).
  • Contributing to scholarly discussion by participating in professional associations and conferences or publishing journal articles, textbooks or other scholarly writing.

Locating grant opportunities and participating in the research, writing, implementation, assessment and reporting processes.