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Faculty Handbook

Brookhaven College is one of seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.

A. Brookhaven College Mission Statement and Strategic Goals & Values

Mission Statement

At Brookhaven College, a public, open-door, two-year institution dedicated to student success, we provide quality educational programs by offering a broad range of programs, learning opportunities and experiences. We prepare our students to value the individuals and organizations within our diverse community and to face the challenges as responsible and productive members of society. We achieve our mission through our goals and strategic directions.

The goals and purposes of Texas public community colleges is as set forth in Education Code 130.003, as follows:

  • The purpose of each public community college shall be to provide:
    1. Technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;
    2. Vocational programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;
    3. Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences;
    4. Continuing adult education programs for occupational or cultural upgrading;
    5. Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students;
    6. A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;
    7. Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;
    8. Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and
    9. Such other purposes as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees, in the best interest of post-secondary education in Texas, may prescribe other purposes.

The mission statement also can be found at http://www.brookhavencollege.edu/college/mission.aspx.

Strategic Goals

  1. Maximize student success for all students
    1. Increase participation in higher education within our service area
    2. Improve student learning
    3. Participate in and lead initiatives that advance student success

  2. Recruit, retain, support and develop successful employees
    1. Provide a diverse and strategic array of professional development opportunities for our employees
    2. Compose and implement employment policies, procedures and pathways which facilitate employee success

  3. Optimize institutional effectiveness and commit to sustainability
    1. Promote efficiency and effectiveness of human, capital and fiscal resources
    2. Design an organizational structure with the capacity to support and carry out the strategic goals of Brookhaven College 2018
    3. Promote sustainable practices with positive impacts on learning and social, environmental and economic vitality

  4. Cultivate mutually beneficial college/community partnerships and relationships
    1. Increase workforce readiness to enhance the economy and competitive advantage of North Texas and beyond
    2. Identify and develop dynamic partnerships in support of our mission, which encourage cooperation between the college and public and private businesses, other education providers, government agencies, and the citizens of our community
    3. Demonstrate individual and institutional commitment to serve the community through sound and transparent policies and practices

Values

    As members of the Brookhaven College community, we hold the following values:
    • Learning
    • Diversity
    • Service
    • Integrity
    • Excellence

B. Role of the Instructor and Academic Freedom

The instructor has a primary role in the implementation of Brookhaven College’s educational mission. In that role, the instructor occupies a position of trust in relation to both students and the community, and the freedom to teach must be exercised responsibly. The district (and by extension Brookhaven’s) policy governing these important matters is quoted below in its entirety:

Academic Freedom

The district, like all other institutions of higher learning, serves the common good, which depends upon an uninhibited search for truth and its open expression. The points enumerated below are found in Board Policy Manual AD (LOCAL):

  1. Faculty members are appointed to impart to their students and to their communities the truth as they see it in their respective disciplines.
  2. Subject to legal constraints, the following are among the responsibilities that reside primarily with the faculty: planning and revising curricula, selecting textbooks and other instructional materials and activities, choosing instructional methodologies, evaluating learners, assigning grades and maintaining classroom discipline.
  3. It is essential that faculty members be free to pursue scholarly inquiry and to voice and publish their conclusions without fear of institutional censorship or discipline.
  4. Faculty members are citizens and, therefore, possess the rights of citizens. These rights include, among others, the right as private citizens to speak freely outside the classroom on matters of public concern and to participate in lawful political activities.
  5. Prior restraint or sanctions will not be imposed upon faculty members in the exercise of their rights as citizens or duties as teachers. Nor will faculty members fear reprisal for exercising their civic rights and academic freedom.

Academic Responsibility

The academic freedom of faculty members is accompanied by equally compelling obligations and responsibilities to their profession, their students, their district and their community. Faculty members must defend the rights of academic freedom while accepting willingly the responsibilities enumerated below:

  1. Faculty members will be judicious in the introduction of material in the classroom without forfeiting the instructional benefits of controversy.
  2. No faculty member will attempt to force on students a personal viewpoint intolerant of the rights of others to hold or express diverse opinions.
  3. Faculty members must recognize their responsibility to maintain competence and adapt to change in their disciplines through continued professional development and to demonstrate their competence through consistently adequate preparation and performance.
  4. Faculty members must recognize that the public will judge the district and their profession by their public conduct. Therefore, faculty members will make clear that the views they express are their own and should avoid creating the impression that they speak or act on behalf of the district or of the profession.

C. Faculty Participation in Academic Affairs

Brookhaven College faculty members have an active role in academic affairs and participate in decision making through division meetings and discipline workgroups, college committees, open forums, focus groups and Faculty Council. At the division and program levels, faculty members participate in decision making in curriculum and curriculum development, course scheduling, program management, planning, budgeting, facilities and facilities utilization, technology and equipment, resource development and search processes for staff. Serving as lead faculty or adjunct faculty supervisors are other ways faculty members take an active role in academic affairs. At the college level, an individual faculty member’s participation and input occur through committees and teams such as curriculum, planning and budget, institutional effectiveness, technology, resource allocation, commencement and Faculty Association.

D. Employee Standards of Ethics

Brookhaven College faculty members have legal and professional obligations that are detailed in the DCCCD Board Policy Manual. The “Faculty Code of Professional Ethics” comes from the Texas Community College Teachers Association and is a comprehensive statement of the rights and responsibilities of the “Professional Educator.” The last item in the code gives a sense of the tone and substance of the document: “The Professional Educator shall accept all rights and responsibilities of citizenship, always avoiding use of the privileges of his or her public position for private or partisan advantage.”

A statement of the legal obligations of faculty members also is found in the Board Policy Manual DH (LEGAL). It cites the sections of the Penal Code that apply to faculty as “public servants.”

E. Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is generally defined as any sexual attention that is unwelcome. Harassment means conduct amounting to more than an occasional, isolated or trivial act or remark.

Any faculty member who becomes aware of a faculty member or student who is being sexually harassed is required to report the alleged violation. Alleged violations concerning an employee should be reported to the campus human resources director. Alleged violations concerning a student should be reported to the vice president for student development.

A person who is malicious or intentionally dishonest in reporting a violation is subject to disciplinary action.

Copies of the complete DCCCD policy concerning sexual harassment may be obtained from the Human Resources Department. Questions also may be e-mailed to: bhcSHquestions@dcccd.edu.

F. Drug Free Workplace

Brookhaven College adheres to the district policy on alcohol and drugs (see Board Policy Manual DO and FLBE). The use of either is forbidden on campus or during college-related off-campus activities. The only exceptions are doctor-prescribed drugs and the serving of alcohol at certain college functions when explicitly approved by the chancellor.