The Chairperson schedules courses, including mode of delivery (e.g. lecture, distance learning, internet based, etc.) and assigns faculty to teach the various courses based on program and student needs, conditions and restrictions of employment, faculty expertise, quality of instruction, satisfying College and University rules and minimizing class conflicts. Within these constraints, an attempt is made to satisfy reasonable faculty course and time preferences to the extent feasible. If and when required, faculty may also be assigned to teach classes offered during the evening and/or on weekends.
The policies in this section do not supersede the workload terms of individual employment contracts. Teaching loads are based on University policy. This policy states that the teaching load of a regular, full-time Faculty member shall be the equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours of teaching per academic year. The teaching load of a full-time non-tenure track faculty member shall be the equivalent of fifteen (15) credit hours of teaching per semester. Teaching load equivalencies (described below) may be granted for a variety of activities in addition to formal classroom instruction.
For each term of the regular academic year, each member of the Faculty shall receive a statement of his/her workload. This statement shall include the number of credit/workload hours to be devoted to instructional assignments and the number of hours within the Department’s workload equivalency policy to be devoted to the discharge of responsibilities in the areas of research, special service and advising activities significantly above the level expected of all Faculty in the unit, services of an administrative nature, and such other applicable workload equivalents as may be specified in the unit’s workload specification statement.
It is the Chairperson’s responsibility, in consultation with the FAC and Departmental Faculty at large, to specify which kinds of activities shall be equivalent to formal classroom instruction, to inform all full-time faculty in the Department via the workload letter, and to provide reasonable equity in workloads among Faculty members. In the case of a dispute or request for special consideration, a Faculty member may request a review by the FAC which, following such review, will make a recommendation to the Chairperson.
Workload Equivalency Statement
Teaching load equivalencies are granted by the Department for a variety of activities that further the goals of the Department, College, and University. These workload equivalencies will be such that regular, full-time faculty who are active in research shall normally teach fifteen (15) credit hours per academic year. Newly hired tenure track assistant and/or associate professors shall normally carry a teaching load of twelve (12) credit hours per academic year for the duration of the probationary period.
Workload equivalencies will be based upon the following guidelines:
Research This portion of the handbook addresses the annual allocation of workload equivalencies for research activity. It does not consider equivalencies for large section sizes, graduate teaching, administrative assignments, etc. The annual workload equivalencies for research may be given as 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 hours, etc, depending on the level of research productivity during the evaluation time frame. The normal equivalency is 9 hours assuming satisfactory performance as described below.
Decisions about workload equivalencies based on research productivity review the current partial calendar year and the prior three calendar years at the time of the evaluation. For example, if it is fall 2017, and the workload and schedule for the 18-19 AY are being prepared, the chair should look back three years to January 2014 for research activity. Using the point scale described in the table below based on the Journal Quality Index (see Appendix B) percentile for each publication, point values will be calculated for each faculty member. Presentations, textbooks, etc. do not count as research publications for workload equivalency (although in special situations, significant published research monographs, chapters in books etc., may also be considered for workload reduction with the Chair’s explicit approval). Published manuscripts as well as manuscripts with written acceptance letters are included.
Workload Release Points
Greater than zero
For successfully funded research grants, excluding summer teaching and research grants awarded by KSU, the following point scales may be used in the same manner as the journal list point scale to award workload credit for reallocation to the faculty. For example, an 8 point credit for grants is equivalent to an 8 point credit for research and publications. The same observation window that is used for journal articles, the current partial calendar year and the prior three calendar years at the time of evaluation, will also be used for grant receipt. A faculty member receiving a multi-year grant can use his/her discretion in determining when during the grant life to consider the grant as given for the purpose of workload reduction.
Workload Release Points
Grant ≥ $200,000
$100,000 ≤ Grant < $200,000
$50,000 ≤ Grant < $100,000
$25,000 ≤ Grant < $50,000
$5,000 ≤ Grant < $25,000
Three points for research publications will be enough to justify 9 hours of workload equivalency for research. At most one publication with a JQI less than the 45th percentile can be used to meet this condition. Eight points for publications, not including any points for publications with a JQI less than the 45th percentile, in the three year window will normally qualify for an additional three hour research workload equivalency (twelve hours total).
For manuscripts published in journals not included in the Journal Quality Index list, faculty members may request departmental recommendation and the approval of the Chair to appropriately classify the journal for workload equivalency purposes.
An advisory letter informing faculty of potential change in their workload equivalency for research is sent after three years of non-satisfactory research activity (i.e. less than three points as described above in the three year time period). This letter is sent in late fall when the schedule and workloads for the fall semester of the next academic year are being prepared. The letter will indicate that the workload equivalency for research will be reduced based on this inactivity. For example, if it is fall 2017, the workload and schedule for the 18-19 AY is being prepared. The chair should look back three years to January 2014 for research activity. If there is not at least three points for publication(s) or acceptance(s), then the faculty member will receive an advisory letter that he/she will need to have an appropriate number of publications of a certain quality to continue to receive a 9 hour workload equivalency. The following year, fall 2018, the workload for the 19-20 AY is being prepared. If the requirements above are still not met in the latest three year time period as detailed above, then the workload letter will have a reduced workload equivalency of 6 hours. If the faculty member still does not meet the requirements in the next 3 year period (Fall 2021), then the workload equivalency may be reduced again by 3 hours. If the requirement is still not met in the next three year period (Fall 2024) the workload equivalency for research may be reduced to zero. This policy will take into account research grants, published research by faculty as well as other special situations.
A Faculty member who wishes to appeal her/his faculty research workload equivalencies can use the normal workload appeal procedure discussed in section II.1.A.
Research Start-Up Untenured assistant and/or associate professors in the tenure track will normally be granted twelve (12) hours of workload equivalency for research for the duration of the probationary period, in order to assist them in establishing an on-going research program, assuming evidence of activities necessary to build a prominent research record.
Graduate Teaching Since the department expects a sustained level of scholarly activity of all faculty, it does not normally differentiate workload equivalencies awarded for graduate teaching. Normally, workload credit will not be assigned in this distinct category but it will be incorporated in the workload equivalencies granted for research. In some special cases, additional workload equivalencies may be granted to individuals who have taken on graduate teaching responsibilities above and beyond normal expectations.
Teaching Workload equivalencies for teaching will normally be based upon the number of assigned credit hours of instruction. The department may choose to grant appropriate additional workload equivalencies for unusually large class sections. Normal teaching expectations include preparation of courses, syllabi, and examinations, advising students, and appropriate involvement with individual investigations, theses, and dissertations.
Teaching Development From time to time, faculty may significantly revise an existing course and/or design a new course. Such curricular revision may include extensively revising a course for electronic delivery. While these activities will generally be included as part of the faculty member’s teaching load, in special cases additional workload equivalencies may be granted to individuals who have taken on teaching development activities above and beyond normal expectations. Also, new faculty members who have been assigned an excessive number of course preparations may be granted appropriate additional workload equivalencies.
Off-Campus Teaching Assignments Unless specified as an overload, off-campus teaching assignments will have a workload equivalency equal to the number of assigned credit hours of instruction. In some special cases, additional workload equivalencies may be granted to individuals who have taken on an off-campus teaching assignment above and beyond normal expectations.
Theses and Dissertations Advising of undergraduate and graduate theses and dissertations is expected of faculty. Normally, workload credit will not be assigned in this distinct category but it will be incorporated in the workload equivalencies granted for research. In some special cases, additional workload equivalencies may be granted to individuals who have taken on thesis and dissertation responsibilities above and beyond normal expectations.
Externally-Funded Projects Faculty who receive externally-funded grants for research and/or teaching projects will be assigned workload equivalencies as funded in their grant.
Administrative Assignments Workload equivalencies, if any, will be determined at the time the administrative assignment is made. Additional workload equivalencies will vary depending upon the nature of the administrative assignment.
MA Coordinator The MA Coordinator will generally receive three hours of workload equivalency annually.
Undergraduate Coordinator The Undergraduate Coordinator will generally receive three hours of workload equivalency annually.
Department/College/University Service All faculty are expected to engage in department, college, and/or university service activities appropriate to their academic rank–i.e., more is expected of senior faculty than junior faculty. In some special cases, additional workload equivalencies may be granted to individuals who have taken on service responsibilities above and beyond normal expectations.
Professional/Public/Other Service From time to time, faculty may be engaged in significant professional, public, and/or other external service activities. In special cases where this service contributes to fulfilling the goals of the Department, College, and/or University, additional workload equivalencies may be granted to individuals who have taken on external service responsibilities above and beyond normal expectations.
Unless already pre-determined by existing University Policy, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and/or previous Departmental action[s], all requests for additional workload equivalencies for activities above and beyond normal expectations will be reviewed by the FAC and approved by the Chair of the Department.
The Department Chairperson will solicit requests for Summer teaching from all full-time Faculty members. Summer teaching cannot be guaranteed, but equity of distribution is sought in making summer appointments. Opportunities to teach in the summer will be offered first to tenure-track faculty, up to two courses, and then to continuing full-time non-tenure track faculty. The primary concern in making Summer appointments is the needs of the academic program. Secondarily, appointments depend upon the nature of the Summer budget, which may vary from year to year.
Intersession teaching opportunities for Departmental courses, as contained in the University catalogs, may be available with the prior approval of the Department Chairperson.
Opportunities to teach an overload assignment will be offered first to tenure-track faculty and then to continuing full-time non-tenure track faculty. The primary concerns in making overload assignments are the needs of the academic program.
Faculty members are assigned by the Chairperson, in consultation with the Dean, or the Dean’s designate, to teach on-campus/off-campus EMBA and Special Credit/Non-credit courses. The Chairperson of the Economics Department will approve assignment of instructors for all courses in areas of instruction normally taught by Economics faculty. Faculty teaching assignments must be consistent with program needs, faculty expertise, quality of instruction, and satisfaction of AACSB/College/University rules. Any such courses are above and beyond a faculty member's contractual workload and are optional to the faculty member. Normally such teaching results in extra compensation to a faculty member.