Characteristics of Faculty
Help students realize their full potential at BYU-Idaho. With smaller classroom sizes, instructors have the ability to work with students individually and mentor them one-on-one.
BYU-Idaho Learning Model
BYU-Idaho's Learning Model provides a common framework for both teachers and learners to create a student-centered and faith-based environment conducive to learning.
Three Track System
BYU-Idaho operates on a three track system which allows the university to serve thousands of additional students through better utilization of campus resources and facilities. Students are admitted to a track consisting of two semesters; Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, or Fall/Spring. Full time faculty members teach across these three tracks. Fall semester usually starts the 3rd week in September and Spring semester ends by July 24th.
Teaching and advising students is the primary responsibility of full-time faculty. Faculty are assigned 36 load hours to teach across the three tracks each year (with up to 6 hours of this load may be used for professional development). Semesters last approximately 14 weeks. Preceding and following semesters, faculty members attend meetings, grade papers, perform professional development activities, etc.
Continuing Faculty Status
BYU-Idaho does not have distinctions in faculty rank such as assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor. During the first three years, new instructors participate in a three-year long mentoring program and qualification process called Continuing Faculty Status (CFS) that is structured to assist them in qualifying for ongoing employment.
Faculty Dress and Grooming Standards
Employees occupy a position of role model for students at BYU-Idaho. As role models, a higher and more formal dress and grooming standard is expected of employees when on campus than is expected of students. Specifically:
Male employees are expected to wear a shirt and tie with dress slacks. Jeans are not appropriate professional attire. In areas where shirts, ties, and dress slacks are not suitable for the work environment, the department chair or director, in consultation with the vice president, will determine satisfactory attire, including the wearing of uniforms where appropriate. Extreme or immodest clothing styles are also unacceptable.
Male employees are expected to maintain a clean and well-cared-for appearance. Hairstyles should be neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar and the ear. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. Men are expected to be clean shaven; beards are not acceptable. Mustaches, if worn, should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Earrings and other body piercing are unacceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.
Female employees are expected to wear modest professional business office attire (dresses, skirts, dress slacks, pant suits, dressy blouses and sweaters). In areas where dresses or pant suits are not suitable for the work environment, the department chair or director, in consultation with the vice president, will determine satisfactory attire, including the wearing of uniforms where appropriate.
Dresses or skirts above the knee or those with slits above the knee, as well as extreme or immodest clothing styles are inappropriate. Casual slacks, blouses, and sweaters, as well as jeans of any color or fabric, are not appropriate professional attire.
Excessive ear piercing (more than one per ear) and other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.