Academic Affairs oversees and provides leadership for all academic programs and functions at Chicago State University. Academic Affairs has the lead responsibility for academic planning and academic budget administration, academic personnel decisions and faculty development, university-wide curricular requirements and degree program development, assessment of student learning, and academic accreditation.

For various pre-professional and professional programs directly related to the primary academic curricula

Academic Coordinators are responsible for the delivery, maintenance and development of assigned programs and courses of study in his/her discipline within his/her College. An Academic Coordinator’s primary role is to manage and create a complex portfolio of academic programs for a particular unit. Activities shall include the following elements: course delivery, program and course development, assist in screening and orientation of program teachers, coordinate planning meetings with faculty and staff, organize student placement into sections, coordinate program portfolio creation, submission, and feedback, collect electronic copies of syllabi for program archives, and work with program faculty to invite and schedule guest lecturers.

Academic counselors, also called advisers, work with students to provide educational guidance to reach the next step in their educational goals. They counsel traditional and nontraditional students on educational issues regarding academic majors, scheduling courses and career planning. They may help students trying to balance academic work with personal tasks such as work, family and financial obligations, etc. Academic counselors may target a segment of the student population such as those with low GPAs to provide academic guidance. Academic counselors are responsible for executing all elements of a proactive student outreach strategy, including face to face meetings, phone conversations, e-mails, and text messages.
The Assistant Dean provides administrative support of a dean or associate dean, and may direct the operations of an office or program within a unit. The Assistant Dean may be responsible for a wide range of support services or may focus on a specialized area. The Assistant Dean provides leadership and exercises independent judgment. Examples of responsibilities include assisting in general administrative planning, overseeing finances and personnel, implementing academic policies, preparing program proposals, and monitoring student service programs and activities related to student progress. This position also acts as a liaison to alumni and outside agencies as needed.
Assistant professors are newly hired tenure track faculty at the university. They specialize in a variety of subjects, and are responsible for educating students as well as publishing independent academic work in scholarly journals, books and electronic media. Assistant professors may teach both undergraduate and graduate students within their fields of expertise. They usually teach several related classes in their subjects, and may lead lectures with hundreds of students, conduct seminars with only a few students, or oversee students' lab work. Assistant professors must grade tests and papers, advise students on an individual basis, and prepare lessons, exercises or lab experiments. Assistant professors generally spend less time conducting personal research than tenured professors, but they are still able to perform experiments, collect and analyze data, and examine works of literature and other source material for their own projects. Often they will publish their work or research findings in academic journals or books. Educational requirements for assistant professor positions vary based on the subject taught.
The Assistant Provost assists the Provost with the administration of the University’s academic program. Works closely with the Provost on academic matters pertaining to the curriculum, faculty, and students. Meets with and counsel students having academic difficulty, students seeking formal grade appeal, and those seeking readmission. Meets with and counsel parents, serve as a source of information for them, and serve as a liaison between faculty and parents when necessary.
The Associate Dean provides administrative support of a dean of an academic unit engaged in instruction or research, or a major unit engaged in a programmatic aspect of the campus/university mission. Exercises independent judgment, and handles a highly diversified mixture of responsibilities in one or several specialized areas. May represent or assume authority for the unit in the absence of the dean. Administrative affairs typically include policy evaluation, formulation, and implementation, administration of activities for recruiting and hiring, formulation of fiscal policies, procedures and systems, and working cooperatively with department/unit heads. Other examples of responsibilities include coordinating and strengthening relationships with external parties (i.e. parents, alumni, corporations, etc.); acquiring external funds for the unit; developing and evaluating the curriculum; and managing student services activities such as recruitment, retention and student life programs.
Associate professors are tenure track faculty. After a period of established achievement associate professors may be considered for advancement to status of full-professor. Associate professors must establish a professional presence in the field of their academic study. Contribution to the professional development of the subject area is another standard used to evaluate associate professors. Professionalism is the term used to describe publishing, presenting papers at scholarly conferences and volunteering to serve as commentator or evaluator at both area and national conferences. Writing journal articles and book reviews for scholarly journals is also an expected duty of the associate professor. Associate professors may teach both undergraduate and graduate students within their fields of expertise by leading lectures, conducting seminars and overseeing lab work.
Performs administrative work in the preparation, development and direction of academic policy, the evaluation of academic programs, and/or the management of fiscal and human resources. Responsibilities encompass assisting in long range and strategic planning, assisting in the development of funding strategies for academic programs, and developing and coordinating joint faculty programs. Programmatic responsibilities include faculty development initiatives, oversight of selected university ceremonies and academic web development. Work is performed under administrative supervision of the Provost and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs with evaluation based on the effective operation of the administrative function.
The Dean functions as the chief executive officer of a major unit engaged in programmatic aspect of the Campus/University mission. Responsible for administration and execution of the unit’s policies, it typically includes the following: Provide leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of programs, activities, and professional services. Formulate, initiate, implement, and interpret policies relating to the operation of the units. Establish goals and objectives for the units reporting to the Dean’s Office. Communicate with and serve as a resource to colleges, departments, campus offices, and community organizations, regarding services and issues.
The Department Head/Chair is responsible for the administration and execution of policies of a department or unit engaged in a programmatic aspect of the campus/university mission. Responsibilities typically include the following: Provides leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of programs, activities, and professional services. Formulates, initiates, implements, and interprets policies relating to the operation of the units. Establishes goals and objectives for the department/unit. Directs the staffing by overseeing recruitment, training and management of work assigned to professional and support staff. Oversees financial aspects of unit management, including control of the budget and allocation of resources. Interfaces with advisory committees, serves on campus/university committees, and communicates and consults with other offices or campus officials when appropriate.
The University consider Instructors as entry-level tenured track professors. They have the responsibility of providing a quality learning experience for the students on a semester basis. Instructors report to the department chair/head and perform instruction-related duties and responsibilities in a timely manner and in accordance with the mission, policies and procedures of the college and University. The relationship of the instructor to the student is one of teacher and facilitator of learning.
The job title describes the main duty of this position. Lecturers teach in front of a classroom, like any other teacher. However, often, this title is reserved for faculty members who lecture exclusively instead of teaching in a lab setting or researching. Lecturers teach academic subjects to undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory demonstrations, field work and e-learning.

Professors' responsibilities are typically divided between teaching, research, and service.

The teaching responsibilities are the most visible: learning the material, keeping up to date with current advances in both research and pedagogy, choosing an appropriate textbook, preparing lectures, supervising teaching assistants, grading, etc. Overseeing the design and development of the curriculum, and deliver a range of programs of teaching to students, in order to ensure teaching within the quality assurance framework of the University.

Research activities involve solving problems that were previously unsolved. These activities are more difficult to describe. Most professors have one or more areas in which they are experts. Part of the job is to keep up with current research activities in their areas of expertise. Problems that have been solved are written up in the form of an article and submitted to an academic journal for publication.

Service activities involve serving on various committees, service activities to the "academic community," such as organizing conferences, editing and refereeing for journals.