Faculty Instructional Responsibilities

Contact Hours

The faculty workload policy is based on a year-round academic calendar. A typical full-time technical instructional workload is no more than 30 hours of contact time per week, as normalized in an academic year. This may vary due to other duties or academic requirements as assigned and approved by academic leadership. Full-time faculty may also be required to teach in the summer. Contact hours can be spread between day and evening and online sessions as well as between departments in order to get to the appropriate number of contact hours. Non-technical faculty will have no more than 25 contact hours. The academic deans and program managers will take into account the type of courses and teaching load in order to determine a specific instructor’s workload. In some cases technical and non- technical faculty will be paid overload based on instructional workload.

Assessment of Student Learning

It is expected as part of the teaching/learning process that faculty will conduct assessments to determine their students attainment of the institutional core abilities, the course competencies, and the programmatic learning outcomes. Documentation of these assessments will take place through the learning management system, Canvas, and through the Annual Programmatic Assessment Report.  Faculty will analyze the assessment results and improve their curriculum to assist students in achieving the desired outcomes.


Under the direction of the department managers, technical faculty are expected to support the student recruitment process by participating in high school visits, open houses, career fairs, community partnerships such as STEM-related camps/events, and in local, state and national competition events. Supervisors may assign faculty to other duties not related to student recruitment, which would make them exempt from some student recruitment events.

End-of-Course Surveys

Every instructor is required to encourage student participation in the End-of-Course Evaluations at the end of each semester. The information gathered from these surveys is an effective means for instructional improvement.

The survey tool, EvaluationKIT, is migrated within Canvas. Students receive email and notifications within Canvas when a survey is available for their course(s). Students are surveyed during the last week of a course through Likert Scale questions to assess instructors’ performance.

Instructors are able to review their End-of-Course Evaluations results once student accessibility to the survey closes. Managers are able to review reports at any time.

End-of-Course surveys are managed through the Provost Office. For support needs regarding this software, contact endofcourseevaluations@dunwoody.edu.

Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP)

YCAP introduces under-represented high school students to the technical programs at Dunwoody while focusing on college readiness and career exploration. All YCAP students experience the school year component and summer session. During the school year students attend monthly workshops on Dunwoody’s campus centered on YCAP’s Life Skills curriculum. During the six-week summer session students are introduced to and create projects within 5-7 of the College’s technical programs. All faculty are expected to support YCAP. This could be through teaching a class, presenting a project, or providing industry tours as assigned by your dean or manager. Students also visit businesses affiliated with Dunwoody, participate in team building activities, and improve their reading, writing, resume building and interviewing skills through YCAP curriculum. Consult the Associate Director for Special Initiatives – YCAP for more details.

Faculty Office Hours

It is important for faculty to be able to establish reasonable expectations of availability, and it is important for students to be able to find and communicate with faculty in a reasonable time-frame. In order to balance those needs, all faculty members who are currently teaching, need to declare (and keep) office hours throughout the semester, and need to declare personal preferences with respect to communication with students.

Full time faculty should hold office hours at least five hours per week, preferably distributed across more than one day a week. Faculty should publish office hours on the syllabus of each course they teach. Due to the time, location, and modality of courses, it is understood that some flexibility within this rule may best serve students’ needs for access to faculty.

Adjunct faculty should make every effort to give students a way to communicate with themselves in a reasonable time-frame throughout the semester, and need to declare personal preferences with respect to communication with students. Holding office hours one hour prior to or after class is a preferred practice.

Academic Professionalism

Faculty members are expected to represent themselves and their curriculum in a professional, collegiate and respectful manner. At all times they are to set an example of mutual respect by establishing a learning atmosphere where all feel respected and free to express ideas.

Classroom Etiquette

The classroom is intended as the place where students are prepared for the professional workplace that they will encounter upon graduation. Most classrooms on campus are shared between multiple instructors, so each instructor is expected to leave classrooms in good order by:

  • Writing spaces erased
  • Clear desks and tables
  • Remove any items that do not belong in the classroom

Classroom Maintenance

Faculty are at the front line in regards to seeing that the best learning environment possible is provided for students. We ask that any maintenance issues noticed be reported by completing a Maintenance Request form.  (i.e.:  repair of clocks, pencil sharpeners, broken furniture, damaged ceiling tiles, etc.).  If immediate clean-up is required the security desk should be contacted at  ext. 3328. Fluids that expose one to bloodborne pathogens  require special clean-up processes. 

Professional Dress

Faculty members should dress so that they are easily recognized as an instructor. A neat, collegiate, professional dress appropriate for the classroom or lab is expected. Shorts, flip flops, inappropriate T-shirts are not acceptable. More casual attire may be appropriate on certain occasions as approved by a supervisor. Jeans of good quality and condition are approved to be worn on Fridays for all employees. Use good judgement. Dress for your day; if your day demands a nicer level of dress, please do so.