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 head, or your administrative assistant.  A complete alphabetized list of University-wide policies, procedures and guidelines can be found on the A-Z Listing Page.

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

The Center for Faculty Excellence awards Travel Grants to support professional presentations and performances.  Grants to support research and teaching are also awarded annually.  Details of these grant programs may be found at Center grants.

Additional funding is sometimes available through your college and department.  Information on external funding opportunities is available through the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs at OSRP.

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

You may want to begin by consulting your department head.  Other helpful sources are the University Counseling Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability

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 head, the administrative assistant, and the Human Resources office.

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. 

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

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. Consult your department head if you have questions about the SOT.  A senior colleague or the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence can also assist you in better understanding your scores and how to improve them.

You may also reference the SOT policies and procedures at SOTS.

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 administrative assistants in the world! Get to know them!

The Center for Faculty Excellence provides ongoing professional development activities that allow you to meet other faculty. Watch your email for announcements of Center and other campus activities.  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!!

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 Equipment Checkout 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.

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.