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What it means to be a CCCC faculty member: The faculty at Cape Cod Community College educates, motivates, and inspires students, develops relevant and meaningful curriculum, and sets and upholds high standards in order to help our students and our community achieve their full potential. (Presented by the Faculty Professional Committee at College Meeting May 9, 2011)
While the instructional process is of primary importance, other duties in support of that process are required of the faculty and are described in the Department of Higher Education/MCCC Agreement. New members of the faculty will come from diverse backgrounds and areas, ranging from graduate school faculties to high school faculties and business. In order that all faculty may have a common understanding, it is believed advisable to have an outline of faculty responsibilities.
Among his/her more important duties, a member of the faculty is expected to:
1. Be familiar with and subscribe to the educational mission outcomes and strategic plan of the College defined in the college catalog and policy manuals.
3. Observe professional standards and growth by:
4. Provide academic advising as described in the DHE/MCCC agreement. Academic advising is the process of helping students match needs and goals and includes:
5. Operate as an effective part of the College organization by:
6. Observe the Copyright Law
Any faculty member who expects to be absent should notify his/her Department Chairperson and the appropriate Dean of Academic Affairs and/or the department secretary and the Evening Services office as soon as possible to arrange class coverage or if you are having a guest lecturer substitute for you. Upon return to duty, a faculty member is expected to consult his/her Department Chairperson and the Academic Dean. Except in cases of prolonged absence, faculty members may be requested to cover for absent colleagues.
Full-time faculty serve as advisors in accordance with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Advisor assignments are coordinated by the Director of Advising and Counseling Services. Insofar as possible, assignments are made which match the advisor’s expertise with the student’s program or career choice. The faculty member usually remains the student’s advisor throughout the student’s enrollment; however, the student may request a change by completing a Change of Advisor form. This form can be found at www.capecod.edu/web/advising/resources-students.
The primary responsibility of an advisor is to provide advice on academic matters such as proper selection of courses and programs consistent with an advisee’s interests, abilities, academic progress, problems and study habits. The advisor may also assist the student with personal problems within the framework of his/her own background; however, if the problem appears beyond this experience, the student should be referred to the Director of Advising and Counseling Services. Faculty advisors should keep notes in the advisee’s individual folder of all conferences. All information must be treated with confidentiality.
Faculty advisors are to maintain regular office hours in accordance with the Department of Higher Education/ MCCA Agreement.
(Revised April 25, 1991)
At the first session of each class or laboratory session, the instructor will furnish a written statement to the students that will include the attendance policy for the course. This policy must address the criteria for withdrawing a student from the course with a grade of Z, the influence of attendance upon the student’s final grade and the policy on make-up of exams and late assignments.
Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151C, any Community College student who cannot attend classes or take an exam, study or fulfill work requirements on a particular day, due to his/her religious beliefs, shall be excused from such obligations. The student must be provided with an opportunity to make up such exam(s), study or work requirements; provided, however, that such make-up exam(s) or work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the institution. The student may not be charged for such make-up opportunities, nor may he/she be subject to adverse or prejudicial effects for availing him/herself of the provisions of the law. (October 8, 1985)
Federal student aid recipients must attend class in order to receive funds. The amount of aid the student receives depends upon the total active credits. If a student is not attending class, it is the faculty’s responsibility to update the Registrar as soon as possible to prevent overpayment to the student. Students do not earn their entire awards unless they attend through at least 60% of the semester (9 weeks). In order to maintain compliance for federal and state aid programs, as well as Veteran’s Administration education benefits, the College must have reliable enrollment records.
(Approved by College Meeting April 25, 1991)
These materials are also to be submitted for the contractual review of course materials.
Course research projects conducted by students for the primary purpose of a learning experience in the methods and procedures of research usually do not meet the federal definition of research. However, best practices in research ethics strongly recommend that course research projects are independently reviewed and that appropriate human subjects’ protections are in place. Course research projects need to be approved prior to any data collection.
The instructor is responsible for all undergraduate student research from application to completion. The instructor will need to complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) training for principle investigators on human subjects’ protection. Students participating in course research need to complete the NIH training or view an alternate educational video and complete a quiz.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) web site www.capecod.edu/web/irb/students-research provides information on the application process, forms and the IRB Procedures Manual. The instructor should begin the student research process by contacting the IRB office well in advance of conducting the research.
Members must submit course materials no later than the end of the first week of classes. The Departmental course syllabus is available at www.capecod.edu/web/academics/syllabi. The instructor’s course outline should be developed by the faculty member. These course materials should be forwarded to your area department chairperson prior to the end of the first week of classes. If you need assistance in preparing this material, please contact your department chairperson immediately.
For Distance Education Course/Instructional materials forms, refer to the Department of Higher Education/MCCC DCE and DAY Agreements at http://mccc-union.org/distanceedagreement.htm.
During the academic year, full-time faculty members shall maintain at least four (4) posted office hours per week on at least four (4) days. Office hours must be posted outside the faculty office and on file with the pertinent Academic Dean and in the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Office. Such schedule shall be posted by faculty members by the end of the first (1st) week of classes. (See also Department of Higher Education/MCCC Agreement.)
Student field trips for academic purposes must be approved by the Academic Dean and the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs prior to the trip. Faculty are required to complete and submit a Travel Authorization form for approval. Efforts should be made to avoid scheduling conflicts with other classes. Nevertheless, when scheduling conflicts occur, students must notify their other instructors.
Risk Management Waiver forms must be completed by each person (student or non-student) attending the field trip. All necessary forms for field trips are available at the Office of Student Life and Co-Curricular Programs located in the Grossman Commons building, room 206.
Once the field trip is approved, a field trip packet including a copy of the approved Travel Authorization form, Risk Management Waiver forms, itinerary, and a list of the names and emergency contact numbers of all members of the group should be forwarded to both the Office of Student Life and the Business Office. The faculty member should bring a copy of the emergency contact list and copies of the Risk Management Waiver forms along on the field trip.
Semester grades shall be submitted online via Campus Web at the end of each semester, no later than the date specified by the Registrar. An email regarding the preparation and release of final grades will be sent from the Registration Office.
Instructors are counseled not to discuss grade changes over the telephone at home with students and/or with their parents.
For more information, refer to How do I process my grades?
Resource materials and instructions for accessing the materials are required for all courses. Resource materials may include but are not limited to: published textbooks, source books, software, and open-source materials. Instructors are asked to consider overall value including, cost, applicability to other courses; and accuracy when selecting resource materials. Instructors are encouraged to be mindful of attempts by publishers to package additional materials with texts that add cost but do not add overall value to student learning.
To order a desk copy for your own use, please contact the publisher directly. You will need the title, author, and ISBN number.
To order textbooks for your class, please contact the Bookstore. To place an order, you will need the course title, course number and section, the book title, author, ISBN number, and the quantity. You can email the bookstore at email@example.com or contact them by phone at 508-362-2131 x 4022.
A copy of the book order should be submitted to the Department’s Administrative Assistant.
Book orders should be placed as early as practicable prior to the start of the semester to assure timely and accurate processing. Consider the following as a recommended schedule for placing book orders: Spring Semester, by November 15; Summer Session, by March 15; and Fall Semester, by April 15.
Faculty members are requested to acquaint themselves with regulations concerning College policy as stated in the online Academic Policy and Procedures Manual and the Student Handbook, and to enforce these rules by setting a good example, by reminding students when there is an infraction, and by reporting persistent offenders to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs or the appropriate Academic Dean.
The State Ethics Commission has made a decision, March 31, 2004, regarding faculty assigning students the textbooks that they have personally written and receive royalties or other financial benefits from the students’ purchase of the texts. The opinion does not prohibit this practice but sets forth the condition that before any texts were sold to students, the appointing authority (Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs) must issue a written determination allowing the faculty member to assign his/her own texts to his/her students.