Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Department Bylaws

Travel Policy

  • Depending upon budget and situational context, travel funds are available for full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty to support attending conferences to present papers and/or serve as an officer. Other reasons for attending conferences must be approved by the Chair. In the case of limited or additional funds, the Chair will make travel decisions based upon situational contexts.
  • All conference attendees are encouraged to share conference highlights.
  • Senior faculty members are encouraged to collaborate with other colleagues in the department to increase the opportunities for presenter status.

Summer Teaching—Our summer school schedule must pay for itself. The rank order of consideration for summer teaching is listed below:

  • Program needs determine who teaches the courses offered
  • Two courses per full time faculty member; 3 if desired and available
  • Full time tenure track members are given preference
  • Seniority (particularly multiple courses for those who will be retiring in 3 years)

Committees—The chair and faculty members will negotiate membership on EECE identified committees based on committee membership needs and the departmental faculty performance agreement.

Departmental Advisory Committee to the Chair or Steering Committee—Members of this committee include the assistant chair and all program coordinators, who shall be appointed by the department chair with the advice and consent of the faculty, with three others who will be elected by the department.

Campus Hours

  • Full time Faculty members should keep a minimum of 6-8 office hours/week
  • Office hours may be defined differently for individual faculty members who teach hybrid courses, conduct off campus courses, and have other supervisory off campus commitments

Code of conduct

  • Attendance

i. Faculty members are required to attend all departmental and committee meetings. Faculty members are expected to attend a minimum of two graduation ceremonies per year.

ii. Faculty members are required to attend all regularly scheduled class meetings unless other arrangements have been made (e.g. Class covered by another faculty member)

iii. Canceled classes must be rescheduled (online opportunities are acceptable substitutions)

  • Punctuality—Faculty members are required to arrive on time for all engagements. Emergencies must be communicated

  • Collegiality—Examples of collegiality are given below:

i. Discouraging conversations about other faculty members or provide an audience for criticism. Disgruntled students must be directed toward communicating problems with faculty members in question.

ii. Welcoming and inviting attitude toward new faculty members.

iii. Mentoring new faculty members concerning Annual review, Third Year Review, and Promotion and Tenure iv. Providing peer review possibilities—letter for file, videotape, etc.