Faculty Job Description

Reviewed by Dean’s Council and Cabinet:  June 2014
Approved by Dr. Glenn:  July 2, 2014
Revised:  April 19, 2018

Job Summary

Faculty at Athens State University support the University’s mission of providing student-centered, quality education and are committed to the success of our students, and the university.  This involves quality teaching, advising, and communication.  In addition, faculty provide service to the university and engage in research, scholarship, and professional development activities.  During the 9-month contract of employment, faculty members are expected to be available to assist and work with students and respond to departmental, college, and institutional needs.  The teaching load for full-time faculty during the academic year is 12 undergraduate semester hours per semester OR 9 graduate semester hours per semester, OR a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses totaling 12 semester hours per semester.

Qualifications (Undergraduate Faculty): 

To be credentialed to teach undergraduate courses at Athens State University, faculty should (1) possess a master’s or doctorate degree regardless of how many graduate hours they have earned and (2) have completed an appropriate amount of graduate coursework in the discipline they will teach.  For faculty members whose graduate degree is not in their teaching field, they must have earned at least 18 semester hours of credit in the teaching field for it to be considered adequate.

Qualifications (Graduate Faculty)

To be credentialed to teach graduate courses at Athens State University, faculty should possess an earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or related discipline.


I.  Teaching and Student Engagement

  1. Teach assigned courses in accordance with the course syllabi and a schedule of classes that may include day, evening, weekend, and distance classes offered at any approved instructional site.
  2. Engage in development of new and creative instructional materials, including new courses and programs of studies.
  3. Assist in keeping the curriculum of the program(s) current.
  4. Advise students and ensure the successful completion of their degree program.
  5. Post and hold office hours in a physical and electronic format (to include virtual office hours) as appropriate.
  6. Assist with the departmental assessment efforts and plan.
  7. Assist with student recruitment, particularly when low student enrollment is an issue in the program.

 II.  Research/Scholarship/Professional Development

  1. Maintain a current knowledge of advances and innovations in the academic discipline.
  2. Engage in scholarly activity related to the discipline, e.g., presentation of papers, serving on panel discussion, publication of articles and books, grant writing, art exhibits, participation in seminars, book reviewing and abstracting.

III.   Service

  1.  Assist with committee work and administrative tasks related to the faculty member’s Department.
  2. Assist with committee work and tasks related to the College.
  3. Assist with committee work and tasks related to the University.
  4. Assist with accreditation and state approval processes.
  5. Engage in shared governance of the University.
  6. Engage in service to the community, including advising and working with students.
  7. Engage in service to the faculty member’s academic discipline.
  8. Assist with student organizations.
  9. Attend Department, College, and University meetings along with in-service workshops, honors and awards ceremonies, and graduation.


Individual faculty members report to and are responsible to their Department Chair, College Dean/Library Director, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the University President in ascending order.