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Faculty Rights and Guidelines for Professional Expectations

It is our belief that all theatre arts faculty members share the following rights:
I. Collegial Communication

  • To be given clear expectations concerning my duties and responsibilities coupled with the empowerment to fulfill them to the best of my abilities.
  • To expect that all decisions regarding my academic and production assignments will, whenever possible, be made in collaboration with my desires, while understanding that the primary goal is to serve the students and the program, and secondarily to support faculty needs and development.
  • To expect that the business of the department will be carried out in open meetings, or that the results of planning sessions will be brought to open meetings for discussion and vote.  To actively participate in the shared governance of the department.
  • To expect respectful, clear, honest and balanced communication with my peers, without dominating or withholding in the communications process.  To speak out with passion- to risk- and to express heartfelt values.  To be charitable when those human passions may offend.  To set about to correct any offenses in a mature, considerate, timely, and honorable way.  To forgive and forget.
  • To expect (as a specialist in one’s field) support and guidance from one’s colleagues.  To expect that others will validate the quality of instruction in my classes and neither degrade or negatively discuss them in theirs.  This principle extends to the shop, rehearsal, social and production environments.

II. Interaction with Students and Staff

  • To expect that while students are partners in study and artistic experiences, they are essentially here to be trained and not solicited for actions on internal issues that do not concern them or involved in the kind of intimate personal relationships with faculty and staff which violate university “conflict of interest” policies.
  • To expect that the solicitation of student or staff opinion be done in a professional way, with attention to the appropriate evaluation tools.  To honor student and staff opinions and values as appropriate.

III. Evaluation

  • To be dealt with in all matters including evaluation for Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion, or Merit based upon the faculty code and established written policies.
  • To take risks as an artist, teacher and administrator without fear that others will point out only the failures or shortfalls without also praising the accomplishments.
  • To have one’s work evaluated in the appropriate setting and at an appropriate time and in a professional, supportive manner.
  • To expect that others will include an acknowledgement of job descriptions and allocated resources when assessing performance.
  • To expect that with assignment comes endorsement, and that during public exhibitions of my work, others will actively support it, or remain publicly silent in their opinions until a mutually agreed upon time for analysis, review and assessment has been reached.

IV. Work-place

  • To expect that in every aspect of our operation, the safety and well being of our students, staff and faculty are the first and most important priority.
  • To expect that our work-place is just that, a place for work- safe and supportive- with the necessary time, resources, equipment and clarity of objectives for the successful completion of one’s assignments.
  • To expect that others will not negatively impact the quality of one’s work by not completing theirs on time or at a level that reflects well on us all.

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