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Policy: Academic Faculty Roles and Responsibilities 

Date: 08/19/09 Policy ID: PROV-004 Status: Final

Policy Type: Executive Vice President & Provost
Contact Office: Executive Vice President and Provost (Office of the)
Oversight Executive: Executive Vice President and Provost
Applies To: Academic faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track).
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Policy Statement

Reason for Policy: Defines the typical roles and responsibilities expected of academic faculty.
Policy Summary: 
Definition of Terms in Statement: 
Policy Statement:  A tenured or tenure-track faculty member’s time is typically spent on:
  • Scheduled classroom instruction;
  • Directly on research and scholarship and individual direction of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; and
  • Departmental and other professional activities, including contributing to the governance of the University.

Academic non-tenure-track faculty responsibilities normally involve a range of activities that do not encompass the full scope expected from traditional tenure-track academic positions (e.g., an extraordinarily high obligation to research with minimal classroom instruction; or major responsibilities for teaching and/or clinical practice without research obligations).

The scheduled teaching load of individual faculty members varies in accordance with the work being done by that faculty member.  Departmental chairs and deans have the authority to set such loads.

Each faculty member with teaching or advising responsibilities is expected to maintain scheduled office hours that are sufficient to accommodate students who want consultation.

Faculty who anticipate a lengthy absence from the classroom (e.g., more than one week) must consult with their chair and dean prior to the absence regarding reasons for the absence and arrangements for covering their responsibilities. When a faculty member is unable to meet a class, arrangements must be made for alternative coverage, or the class must be rescheduled.

Related Information: 

Consulting by Faculty of the University of Virginia
Grading Practices

Policy Background: 
Major Category: Executive Vice President & Provost Policies
Category Cross Reference: 
Next Scheduled Review: 08/19/12
Approved By, Date: Executive Vice President and Provost, 08/19/09
Revision History: 
Supersedes (previous policy):  Policy On Faculty Workload.