Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents | Kent State University

Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

All Faculty of the School are expected to carry a maximum workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. NTT Faculty members are expected to carry a maximum workload of thirty (30) credit hours per academic year (See, University Policy Register). The workload for each individual Faculty member is assigned by the Director with the approval of the Dean. The FAC shall advise the Director on issues related to teaching assignments, class schedules and the appropriate application of workload equivalents. In addition, the Director may, in consultation with the FAC and with the concurrence of the Dean, assign workload equivalencies for specific duties that are considered essential to the academic mission of the School. The Director shall provide each Faculty member with a statement of her/his workload.

1.     A normal teaching load for Faculty shall consist of four three-semester hour courses (or equivalents) per semester, or eight courses per year. As an absolute minimum, all Faculty are expected to teach at least one course per year. Generally, NTT Faculty members shall be assigned teaching responsibilities of 15 hours per semester. Exceptional cases shall be determined at the discretion of the School Director and the Dean.

2.   A maximum of up to 3 load credits (i.e., 25% of total load) for the supervision of clinical field experiences, practica, and internships shall be allowed in each academic semester. Workload for all Faculty will be one load hour for each seven (7) undergraduate practicum or internship students supervised and each five (5) graduate students supervised.

3.     Summer and Intersession compensation will follow University Policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

4.    Program area coordination administrative assignment shall generally contribute .25 (3-semester hours per academic session) to total load credit based upon program responsibilities.

5.    Regular Faculty members normally shall receive an additional .25 in total load credit (3-semester hours) during the initial two semesters of employment to work on research, if approved by the School Director.

6.    Load credit for extramural professional service deemed directly supportive of the goals of the University shall be allowed only in exceptional cases and shall be determined at the discretion of the School Director and the Dean.

7.    Faculty members will normally be assigned three load hours each semester for scholarly activities associated with being an active researcher. Performance expectations for receiving this load assignment include current and sustained records of scholarly activity (e.g., during the past five years, presenting at professional conferences/meetings, publishing articles in refereed journals, chapters in scholarly books, and/or monographs or completing books).

8.    Faculty with extramural grants or contracts for research, teaching, or outreach projects will be assigned workload equivalencies as specified in their grant if their time is paid for by the extramural agency.

9.    Faculty who teach lecture courses with laboratories may be assigned workload equivalency as follows: lecture hours plus one-half load for laboratory contact hours.

Not all Faculty members contribute to the School in the same manner. A Faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching may teach in a greater diversity of courses than a Faculty member who teaches primarily graduate courses. Most of the School Faculty members will be either a full or an associate member of the graduate Faculty. All Faculty members are expected to be involved in research activity and involved in a level of student advising, committee work, and research appropriate for each program area within the School.

In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of Faculty involvement in research and service activities, overload assignments are strongly discouraged. Overload assignments (i.e., workload assignments which total more than twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year for Faculty and which total more than thirty (30) credit hours for NTT Faculty) will be made only in unusual circumstances. Such assignments require the agreement of the Faculty member, and the approval of the Director and the Dean.