MCFA Roles Descriptors
The Faculty of Mass Communication and Fine Arts is constituted and embedded by a range of roles and responsibilities that are focused on managing and delivering the academic programs and the utilization of the resources that optimizes the learning outcomes for all faculty students.
Below is a brief description of the main titles of faculty academic positions that you should be aware of to familiarize yourself with the point of contacts and support that are available to you. These are as follows:
Dean of Faculty (DF):
The Faculty Dean represents the leadership of a collection of departments that may run each either a sole major or combination of majors. S/he is accounted as the leader, planner, and manager of the strategic direction, organizational design, and steering of the academic and administrative processes related to all departments, majors, and professional and research centers operating in a faculty. Students are less likely to have frequent contacts with the Dean. However, s/he is ready to discuss any issues which are not yet resolved by the Assistant Dean.
Assistant Dean (AD):
The position entails working with the Dean to lead the faculty’s vision and strategy, deputizing on all matters that involve strategic development and operational management. The Assistant Dean ensures that majors of study offered by the faculty comply with the standards of quality assurance and enhancement as well as oversees and coordinates the development of the Faculty’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and curriculum development. Should there be any issue that the Chair of the Majors cannot resolve, it is expected that your case will be referred to the Assistant Dean who will deal with it.
Chair of Major Areas (CMA)
The Chair of the Major Area (CMA) acts as a leader of the program in a particular major area offered by the Faculty. The CMA safeguards compliance with the Faculty policy and represents the interests of the courses and major panel on the Faculty Committee (FC). The Chair of Major Area discharges some administrative tasks to fulfill the departmental objectives. S/he may also involve in conducting lectures and seminars for students as well as the development and implementation of annual curriculum and extracurricular activities. The CMAs are not in a position to deal with initial student problems directly. Such a duty resides with Course Instructor and/or Courses Coordinator.
Courses Coordinator (CC):
The CC works with the Heads of the Major Area and administrators, undertaking the daily charge of the courses and student matters on behalf of the Faculty.S/He acts to advise and officiate on day-to-day student matters and to represent the academic and collegial interests of the course.
Course Instructor (CI):
The Course Instructor (CI) is the person who delivers an assigned course and is responsible for the overall operation of it in any of the Semesters taking place in an academic year. You may have the same CI for more than one course per semester or over an academic year.
Course Teaching Assistant (CTA):
For those courses that are credit-bearing, you may have a Course Teaching Assistant, allocated by the Courses Coordinator, to work with you and your classmates on the content of the lectures that are already delivered by the Course Instructor in a previous lecture. There are circumstances when you may have the Course Instructor taking the role of the Teaching Assistant.
Peer Tutor (Ptu)
The peer tutor is a type of collegial form of support undertaken by one of your classmates who is competent in the area that you may need help in. It is a form of peer engagement with academic study. If the Course Instructor has not identified a peer tutor for you, you are expected to follow it up with her/him until this is been arranged.