CBE Policy on Classifying Faculty as Participating or Supporting


The CBE follows the AACSB guidelines for faculty sufficiency and deployments.  This document provides the AACSB definitions for participating and supporting faculty then describes the CBE’s requirements for those categories and documentation guidelines. 

AACSB Definitions of Participating and Supporting Faculty

A participating faculty member actively and deeply engages in the activities of the school in matters beyond direct teaching responsibilities. Such matters might include policy decisions, advising, research, and service commitments. The faculty member may participate in the governance of the school and be eligible to serve as a member on appropriate committees responsible for academic policymaking and/or other decisions. The individual may participate in a variety of non-class activities such as directing an extracurricular activity, providing academic and career advising, and representing the school on institutional committees.

Normally, the school considers participating faculty members to be long-term members of the faculty regardless of whether or not their appointments are of a full-time or part-time nature, whether or not their position with the school is considered the faculty member’s principal employment, and whether or not the school has tenure policies. The individual may be eligible for, and participate in, faculty development activities and take non-teaching assignments, such as advising, as appropriate to the faculty role the school has defined.

A supporting faculty member does not, as a rule, participate in the intellectual or operational life of the school beyond the direct performance of teaching responsibilities. Usually, a supporting faculty member does not have deliberative or involvement rights on faculty issues, membership on faculty committees, or assigned responsibilities beyond direct teaching functions (e.g., classroom and office hours). Normally, a supporting faculty member’s appointment is on an ad hoc basis—for one term or one academic year without the expectation of continuation—and is exclusively for teaching responsibilities.

Normally, participating faculty members will deliver at least 75 percent of the school's teaching (whether measured by credit hours, contact hours, or another metric appropriate to the school).

Normally, participating faculty members will deliver at least 60 percent of the teaching in each discipline, academic program, location, and delivery mode.

Participating faculty are distributed across programs, disciplines, locations, and delivery modes consistent with the school’s mission.

Participating and Supporting Faculty Criteria for the CBE

Generally, faculty with tenured and tenure-track appointments are participating faculty because of their professional obligations to teaching, research and service. While not all temporary (lecturer) appointments include responsibilities beyond teaching and office hours, a lecturer will be considered a participating faculty member if they are involved in at least one of the following types of activities beyond classroom instruction and office hours:

1. Regular attendance at department, college, and/or university meetings

2. Active participation in college-sponsored workshops and seminars

3. Participation in a curriculum-related activity, such as curriculum reviews and updates, learning assurance and continuous improvement planning, or gathering and analysis of assessment data

4. Engaging in activities associated with strategic planning, faculty recruiting, or student recruiting

5. Service on a department, college or university committee or task force such as semester conversion

6. Participation in the activities of a department, college or university advisory board

7. Representing the college at university activities such as commencement and alumni relations events

8. Engaging in outreach connecting the college to professional and industry leaders, including participating on business community boards and professional associations

9. Service as an advisor to a CBE student organization

10. Participation in a department, college or university student-focused activity such as advising, mentoring, internship supervision, or judging of student projects (if interaction with students is included)

11. Preparation and delivery of instruction in non-degree education sponsored by the college, such as certificate programs

12. Participation in activities that contribute to the broad upward mobility mission of the college such as creating internships or leading Placement Center professional development activities

13. Participation in an activity that contributes to the scholarship mission of the college

Supporting faculty members do not participate in the operational life of the school beyond the direct performance of teaching responsibilities. Their responsibilities are normally limited exclusively to teaching and appointment is ad hoc.


To ensure the availability of the necessary documentation to identify faculty as participating or supporting, the following responsibilities are established:

Each faculty member and lecturer will prepare an annual list describing the completed activities that fall under the acceptable participating activities such as those described above.

Department Chairs will ensure that lecturers prepare their annual statement described above. They should also maintain records of attendance at department meetings and membership on department committees.

The Associate Dean (or designee) will maintain records of attendance at college meetings and membership on college committees. An annual summary of faculty serving as advisors to business student clubs and organizations will also be prepared.

The Associate Dean (or designee) shall collect the above documentation annually at the end of the spring term.

Deans Office Representative will prepare an annual record of college faculty serving on university or senate committees, task forces and the like.