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Faculty Handbook and Policies

Introduction

The governance of Albion College is a collegial undertaking that involves cooperation among the faculty, the administration, and the Board of Trustees. Although the Charter of 1857, the College's fundamental governance document, vests all authority in the Board, the primary responsibilities for assuring that the College fulfills its mission are distributed, as appropriate, among several constituencies.

The College Bylaws, Article VII, Section 2, state that the faculty will make such rules of procedure and provide for such committees as may be needed to carry out its responsibilities. Article VII, Section 3, establishes faculty responsibility for admission requirements, degree programs, the educational work of the College and academic honors, and the power to recommend rules regulating extracurricular activities and other areas of student life, "subject to approval by the President of the College and the Board of Trustees." This document recognizes the faculty as the chief policy-making body for the academic program of the College and as the body charged with the implementation of academic policy. While the Trustees retain the power of final review and decision, and while the Charter makes clear their power to initiate, any potentially adverse use of such powers should occur only in rare and exceptional circumstances and only after consultation with the faculty. The Trustees also establish for the faculty the responsibility for making recommendations to the President and through the President to the Board of Trustees regarding faculty personnel policy, the means of protecting academic freedom and tenure, and the authority to write a constitution delineating faculty powers and responsibilities.

The Faculty Constitution, as constructed and approved by the faculty in 1969, subsequently amended, and approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on February 23, 1990, is the basic instrument by which the faculty has set forth its intent concerning the means by which it will carry out its responsibilities. All prescriptions of the Faculty Constitution and the Faculty Handbook must be consistent with the provisions of the Charter and Bylaws of the College.

The Faculty Handbook is intended for the use and guidance of the Albion College faculty - those members of our community whose primary responsibilities are teaching and scholarship. It also includes broader institutional policies and practices that pertain both to faculty and to other employees, and it includes policies and practices pertinent to the work of others insofar as that work relates to the conduct of faculty business and the academic program. College employees who engage from time to time in activities related to teaching and research but whose primary responsibilities lie elsewhere are also afforded the privileges, responsibilities, and protection of academic freedom outlined in this handbook, exclusive of tenure, in the exercise of these particular activities.

Faculty members, administrators, and trustees at Albion College accept and agree to follow the policies and procedures presented in the handbook. This document represents the complete Faculty Handbook as of July 1, 2016.

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Research Policies

Assessment

Introduction

Assessment of student learning is a central commitment and an ongoing process at Albion College. It allows us to make informed decisions about our future as we attempt to provide the best education possible in a changing environment. Responsibility for overseeing assessment rests with the Assessment Committee. As spelled out in the Faculty Handbook, this committee has “responsibility for implementation and oversight of the college’s student academic achievement assessment program, including:

  • assessing general education, particularly the Core;

  • reviewing assessment reports submitted by departments and programs;

  • preparing an annual summary of assessment on campus;

  • setting campus standards for record keeping;

  • setting the time line for assessment;

  • monitoring the assessment program; and

  • reporting to the North Central Association on assessment.”

Upcoming Assessment Conferences and Workshops

Click on the link below to see upcoming HLC meetings:

North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission Assessment Workshop

To express your interest in attending one or more of these events, please contact the Chair of the Assessment Committee and the Registrar. Formal proposals are not needed for these pre-approved events.

Guidelines for Travel or Project Proposals

All proposals should be submitted to the Chair of the Assessment Committee and the Registrar via email only, with proposal documents attached in MS Word.

  • Award Amount:  Up to $900 for Assessment Travel grants
  • Up to $2000 for Assessment Project grants
  • Easy Application:  Submit grant proposals by e-mail attachment only.
  • Deadline:  Awarded on a rolling basis.
  • Support Contact: Discuss your travel or project proposal with your chair or another appropriate colleague who will agree to be contacted (if needed), and include this person’s name with your proposal.
  • Simple Budget:  Detailed budget is not necessary—please include a brief paragraph/details indicating how you intend to spend the grant money.
  • No time line: No need for detailed timelines, though a final report should be submitted within 30 days after completion of work proposed.

For details of grant submission procedures, please consult with Drew Dunham, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Registrar.

Faculty Personnel Committee

Mondays/Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Ferguson 111

2016-17 Members

  • William Rose (2), Chair
  • Maureen Balke (3)
  • Trisha Franzen (1)
  • Carrie Menold (2)
  • Jess Roberts (3)

Faculty Development Committee

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM, KC 441

2016-2017 Members

  • Tammy Jechura (2), Chair
  • Heather Betz (1)
  • Sheila Lyons-Sobaski (1)
  • Jeremy Kirby (3)
  • Tammy Jechura (3)
  • John Woell (ex-officio)

All FDC proposals are to be uploaded electronically through the Moodle courseweb site .  You can find the FDC proposal upload site by clicking the Faculty Development link at the Albion College Moodle website.  The url for the FDC Proposal Upload site is http://courses.albion.edu/course/view.php?id=315.

You will need to login to the Moodle site using your college userid and password.   To access the FDC proposal upload site you will need to type in a one-time enrollment key, F@cu1tyD3v. 

Please note that there are policies and procedures that govern animal (IACUC) and human subject (IRB) research.  Please refer to the Policies and Compliance website for additional resources.

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