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Faculty Policies and Resources

Below are some administrative policies that may be helpful to faculty members.


To access the appropriate forms for faculty travel and professional development, please visit our travel section by clicking here or on the link to the left.

Have you considered applying for a mini-grant for the 2017-2018 academic year? Below are the instruction sheets and application/final report links for the three various forms of mini-grants you can apply for. Each instruction sheet also includes the application and requisite final report links as well.

Questions? Check out the FAQ by clicking here .


Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant
Teaching Mini-Grant
Professional Development Mini-Grant

The Faculty Resource Guide 2016-2017 contains helpful information regarding the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, syllabus and grading policies, advising, evaluation, and numerous helpful links. 

Faculty at the University shall conform to the following contractual requirements:

  1. Timely performance of responsibilities specified in the faculty member’s contract and the Handbook (in accordance with the academic calendar).
  2. Adherence to accepted standards of professional conduct.
  3. Faculty shall be responsible for the conduct of assigned classes; shall provide the chair with timely notice in the event that they cannot conduct a class (or classes); and, pursuant to written departmental policy, shall arrange, when possible, for instruction to be provided when they cannot be present — either by a substitute or by class assignment.
  4. Faculty shall present to all students attending class, within the time span established by departmental policy, a course description, their NC policy, grading criteria, and special notices required by law or institutional policy (see Academic Policy Manual).
  5. Faculty shall, as established by departmental policies, adopt such procedures as necessary to assure that adequate and accurate records of student performance are maintained.
  6. Faculty shall establish, post, and keep a minimum of 5 office hours weekly during each academic term of the regular academic year.  In addition, faculty shall set aside an additional 5 office hours weekly during which students may meet with faculty, if students sign up for appointments in advance.  This latter requirement may also be satisfied by field or laboratory supervision of students, or similar activities, as determined by the chair.  Faculty granted reassigned time will keep office hours as determined by the chair.
  7. The normal teaching load for faculty is 24 semester credit hours per academic year.  This load is usually distributed 12 credit hours per semester. In order to accommodate high enrollments during a term or to meet other emergency situations, the College may assign excess loads. Reduction in teaching load in subsequent semesters or terms is authorized in these cases.  Overload compensation is authorized but not guaranteed or required when teaching assignments exceed the usual distribution and load adjustments are not possible.
  8. In addition to their teaching load, faculty members shall prepare for classes, evaluate students’ performance, confer with and advise students, and participate in committee work, professional development, service and other appropriate professional activities. Full-time faculty are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week during the contract year to meeting their teaching and other obligations.
  9. Faculty shall keep syllabi and student records for all classes for one calendar year after the end of the semester in which the course was taught.
  10. Faculty shall comply with all federal and state laws relating to the acquisition, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials and by-products or wastes there from.

The Board of Trustees Manuals/Handbooks/Rules section contains numerous pieces of documentation.


  • Handbook for professional personnel
  • Classified employee handbook
  • Student employee handbook


  • ADA policies and procedures
  • Trustees policy manual
  • MSU Denver CORA policy
  • Trustee bylaws


  • State personnel rules

Have you applied or are you considering applying for a faculty position with the Metropolitan State University of Denver's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences? We understand that many of our stellar faculty come from a variety of backgrounds. If you're curious whether your degree fits the required qualifications for the position you are applying for, check out our Related Fields for Hiring PDF for some help.

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