Our Faculty Handbook

The Goodwin University Faculty Handbook (“Handbook”) is the property of Goodwin University (“Goodwin” or the “University”). It is intended for use by Goodwin’s full-time and part-time faculty members, and to serve as a general overview of Goodwin University’s employment policies and benefits.

This Handbook contains Goodwin University’s policies and practices in force at the time of publication. Please read this Handbook thoroughly because it supersedes all previously issued Handbooks, and any previously issued inconsistent policy statements.

As an employee, you are responsible for abiding by the University’s rules and policies. Throughout this handbook you may be referred to as faculty or employee; these terms are used interchangeably. Further, Goodwin University reserves the right to revise, modify, delete and/or add to any and all policies, including but not limited to compensation, work content, benefits, and employment practices or procedures described in this Handbook at any time, with or without advance notice, at the University’s sole discretion. Your continued employment after any of these policy changes indicates your agreement with these policies. Please review this Handbook regularly as policies and procedures may be refined throughout the year.

This Handbook may not contain all the information you will need during the course of your employment. As such, you may receive additional information and instructions from the University. If you have any questions regarding this Handbook or any University policies, please direct your concerns to your supervisor or if he/she is not available, Human Resources.

Employees can expect that Goodwin University will:

  • Operate an ethical educational institution that adheres to the policies and procedures stated in this Handbook and our University catalog.
  • Provide services to the community through our educational programs.
  • Select candidates to join the organization on the basis of his/her skills, training, ability, attitude and character.
  • Respect individual rights and treat all employees with courtesy and consideration.
  • Communicate to our employees Goodwin University’s overall goals and objectives and our progress toward meeting those objectives.
  • Develop competent people who understand our mission and are committed to achieving our goals.
  • Do all these things in a spirit of friendliness and cooperation so that Goodwin University will continue to be known as “a great place to work!”

What Goodwin University Expects From You:

Perform all aspects of your role, including:

  • Understand your responsibilities and know how to perform them promptly, correctly and in the spirit of friendliness and cooperation.
  • Work cooperatively with your fellow employees and those whom Goodwin University serves, as this can affect the success of your department. In turn, the performance of one department can impact the entire service offered by Goodwin University. Consequently, whatever your position: Perform every task to the best of your ability. The result will be better performance for the University overall and personal satisfaction for you.
  • Grasp every opportunity offered for personal and professional development. This Handbook offers insight on how you can positively perform to the best of your ability and meet or exceed Goodwin University’s expectations.
  • Take a proactive role in matters that concern you and impact your life. We are dedicated to making Goodwin University a place where you have direct access to your management team to discuss your concerns or answer your questions.
  • Remember that you help create the healthy, pleasant and safe working conditions that Goodwin University intends for you. The dignity that you, your fellow employees, and our students hold is important. Goodwin University needs your help in making each working day enjoyable and rewarding.
  • Consistently demonstrate your commitment to providing and/or supporting a quality learning experience for our students.
  • Attend Commencement ceremonies.

Academic Freedom

The administration and faculty of Goodwin University recognize the importance of academic freedom to the fulfillment of the institutional mission. Instructors are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing subjects relevant to the particular courses they are teaching.

As faculty members, you should remember that the public may judge your profession and institution by your statements. Therefore, besides being careful to exercise appropriate restraint and showing respect for the opinion of others, you should make it clear that you are not speaking for Goodwin University whenever you make public statements.

Resolving Your Workplace Concerns

All employees are expected to work collaboratively and constructively to resolve concerns by leveraging the Faculty management team. You should first discuss concerns with the next level of the management team starting with your direct supervisor. If you still have concerns, you should then speak with the department head, followed by the Vice President. If you are uncomfortable speaking with your supervisors or believe it is inappropriate to speak with a specific individual on the management team, you should speak with the next level manager or contact Human Resources.

It is prohibited to bring a guest, whether internal or external, to a scheduled meeting with management or Human Resources without prior authorization.

We recognize that in the course of meeting with members of your management team, you may wish to take notes to document the discussion for future reference. That is permissible; however, recording the meeting using audio or video equipment is strictly prohibited without the express, written and advance consent from Human Resources.