This University Faculty Handbook contains policies and procedures that govern the relationships between faculty members at Suffolk University. Its broader purpose is to foster transparency in all areas of governance shared by the faculty and Suffolk University. The handbook promotes the work and development of faculty members who in turn create and deliver the excellent education our students demand and deserve, the research and scholarship necessary to the evolution of their field, and the service to the University and community necessary for the positive evolution of the institution.
This University Faculty Handbook facilitates the work of an engaged faculty working together with a supportive administration. It creates a system of fair, interdependent, and shared governance between faculty and the administration, which in turn will benefit the students. Both faculty and administrators accept the responsibility of governing for the good of the students, the faculty, and the University as a whole.
The University Faculty Handbook guides the development and implementation of school-specific policies. Should there be a conflict between the policies of the school and those in this document, the University Faculty Handbook governs. The Handbook does not create any obligations or rights for faculty who are appointed in one school in the specific policies or procedures of another school.
Suffolk University is a talent catalyst that recognizes and develops student potential. Leveraging our location in the heart of Boston, our faculty, staff, and alumni work together to provide a student-centered experience.
Suffolk University is committed to a model of shared governance. This model recognizes that the University administration, program directors, school deans, department chairs, and the faculty each has a legitimate and necessary role in formulating and evaluating academic and administrative policies and in participating in those processes.
Faculty appointments are organized into ranks and groups by title.
Suffolk University is a diverse community of teacher-scholars working in numerous areas of study, professions and endeavors.
Teacher-scholars are engaged in teaching; scholarship, research, creative and/or professional activities; and service to the University, the profession and the community.
It is the obligation of the faculty at the University to strive for continued excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
The tenure-track is designed to offer the teacher-scholar a path to an enduring relationship of mutual commitment between the faculty member and the University.
Faculty members are responsible for constantly improving their teaching abilities; understanding new pedagogical methods and modalities; developing and implementing a research, creative and/or professional agenda; and participating in the broader professional discourse in their academic field of interest.
The Board of Trustees of Suffolk University has the authority to amend this handbook.