The Faculty Handbook collects in one place the most important policies and procedures relating to the faculty. The Faculty Handbook, the university catalogs, and the staff handbook are the major documents on personnel policies and academic procedures for the university.
The Drury University Faculty Handbook presents faculty personnel policies for full-time tenure track faculty. It also includes information useful to all who work at the university about academic organization, faculty governance and important operating procedures. Faculty are expected to be familiar with the handbook and to support the procedures and policies outlined here. The sections entitled "University Personnel Policies" and "Faculty Rights and Responsibilities" are a part of the contract for each faculty member. In the absence of specific guidelines to the contrary, the faculty meetings, committees and councils follow the procedures in Robert's Rules of Order.
At Drury University we are committed to collegial governance which recognizes the essential role of the faculty in decisions. The Faculty Handbook is revised through a shared process involving the faculty, the administration, and the Board of Trustees. Revisions are usually initiated by presentation to the Faculty Affairs Committee.
As the policies and procedures indicate, Drury has long had a commitment to the liberal arts and to excellence in education. The university values community and the opportunity to interact, both formally and informally, with students and faculty colleagues. When classes are in session, faculty are on campus for a substantial part of each class day. Faculty have regular office hours, meet their classes as scheduled, and are available for committee meetings as well as departmental and collegiate governance activities. One of the distinctive characteristics of Drury University is the strong commitment to that shared, collegiate community experience.
This handbook is edited in the office of the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. In the interest in keeping it as accurate and useful as possible, all suggestions are welcome.
Charles A. Taylor, Dean of the College
Note: The faculty handbook can now be found on MyDrury.