Frequently Asked Questions


Responses to a few of the most common questions are listed below. If you cannot find the answer to your question, you may contact the Center's director (x5791), a senior colleague, your department chair, or your departmental secretary. Links to policies, procedures and resources that may help can be found in the Campus Resources section of this website.

If you need answers during a time when offices are closed, a quick search of Southeastern's website may provide the answers you need. Just type a few key words related to the issue into the search box located in the upper right hand corner of Southeastern's homepage.


1. What funding is available to support faculty travel and other faculty initiatives?

The Center for Faculty Excellence offers several funding opportunities to support faculty projects and presentations. Details of these programs may be found at Center grants.

You may also want to check with your department chair. Information on external funding opportunities is available through the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs at OSRP. (top of page)


2. Who do I contact if I have an issue with an individual student?

You may want to begin by consulting your department chair, a senior member of your department, or the Center. Other helpful sources are the University Counseling Center and the Office of Disability Services. Southeastern has a strict policy regarding academic integrity which can be found in the Faculty Handbook in Academic Integrity. (top of page)


3. What do I do if I have questions about an issue and don't know whom to ask?

Depending on the nature of the issue, you may have to consult different sources. With so many policies and procedures on campus there are very few people who know them all.  Check with senior colleagues, your department chair, the secretary in your department, the Human Resources office, and the director of the Center for Faculty Excellence (x 5791).

Many of the policies and procedures related to academic affairs can be found at Policy.  You can also try to get information directly from the university's website. Go to the Southeastern Search screen and type in the issue for which you desire information. Results of the search should point you in the right direction.

The Faculty Handbook is also an excellent source of information for many of the issues you will face. (top of page)

4. Who do I talk to if I get poor student evaluations (SOTS)?

The SOT is the student opinion of teaching survey that is used at Southeastern to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. If you have questions about the SOT you may call Mary Ballard, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, at extension 5791. She will help you to understand what the SOT is measuring, common reasons for both high and low SOT scores, and what to do if your scores are lower than you would like. All such conversations regarding the SOT are strictly confidential.

You may also reference the SOT policies and procedures at SOTS. (top of page)

5. I enjoyed meeting faculty at the new faculty orientation. What additional opportunities exist to meet other faculty members?

Southeastern has a very warm and friendly campus. Walk around your department/college and introduce yourself to other faculty members. Visit our student union, bookstore and post office. We also have the best secretaries in the world! Get to know them!

The Center for Faculty Excellence provides numerous brown bag discussions, luncheon lectures, book clubs, workshops, and activities that will allow you to meet other faculty. Watch your email for announcements of Center and other campus activities. Register for activities and get involved!

Many faculty have purchased tickets to athletic events in departmental sections. Check with your colleagues to see where they sit at the games. Buy your tickets, attend the games, and support our LIONS!! (top of page)


6. Do faculty have access to technologies and software other than what is provided by the department?

The Center furnishes equipment available for checkout to faculty for classroom use or related functions. Equipment must be reserved in advance by calling ext. 5791.

Numerous software applications are available for faculty use in the Center in both Windows and Mac format, including applications for scanning, image and audio editing, word processing, Web authoring, video capture, and slide show presentations.

For a complete list of available equipment and software please visit the Center's web site, Center. (top of page)

7. Does the university provide any assistance in preparing for annual evaluations and/or the tenure/promotion process?

Your best source of information is always at the departmental level. Most departments have developed departmental guidelines and instruments for the annual evaluation process. Make sure you get a copy of these guidelines during your first semester.

The university guidelines for annual evaluation and tenure and promotion can be found in the Faculty Handbook.

The Center for Faculty Excellence conducts a Portfolio Fair every fall to help faculty compile a Professional Portfolio for the evaluation process. Information on portfolios may be found at the Center's website, see Portfolios. You may also wish to ask your departmental colleagues if you can peruse their portfolios. (top of page)

8. What other resources are available to help faculty meet both their professional and personal goals?

The Sims Memorial Library provides excellent support for faculty. The Research Consultation Service provided by the library is available to all Southeastern students (graduates and undergraduates), faculty, and staff. The RCS provides you with a one-on-one, uninterrupted research session with one of our experienced reference librarians. For other services provided by the library, you may access their website at Library.


Southeastern also provides programs to assist with the general well being of faculty. You may access information regarding these programs at Resources for Faculty. Some of the programs include:

a) University Counseling Center (UCC) The mission of the UCC includes providing a psychologically safe environment for faculty and students. For referral or appointment information, visit UCC.

b) Employee Wellness Program sponsored by the department of Recreational Sports and Wellness. This program provides opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families to participate in wellness programs and scheduled competitive activities in the 82,000 sq. ft. Claude B. Pennington Jr. Student Activity Center (x 2144), offers fitness classes such as the new and exciting spin classes, yoga, kickboxing, step, cardio and water aerobics. For more information, visit RecSports. (top of page)