Faculty Workload | Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Workload

As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the normal load for Faculty members is 24 credit hours per academic year. The normal load for NTT faculty members is 30 credit hours per academic year (as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for this contingency). While workload primarily involves teaching, research, and advising, the nature of each workload may differ among program areas and individual faculty members. Varied course and program structures and other responsibilities make it necessary for some flexibility in the creation of workload assignments. Among the many situations that the School Director may consider when assigning workload are the following: administrative responsibilities; advising load; cohort supervision; service commitments, on and/or off campus responsibilities; curriculum and program development, especially for new initiatives; significant scholarly projects; graduate student advising; field and clinical responsibilities; and transitional career-related activities. Specifically, program coordination, center direction and student teaching supervision may also be assigned workload equivalent. Faculty members new to Kent State typically are provided workload credit in order to help establish their research agenda.

A Faculty member’s workload may be flexible from semester to semester within an academic year. If, for example, a faculty member’s load in the fall semester includes a four (4) credit course and two (2) three (3) credit courses, and the person has three (3) credits for research and advising, the total load for the semester would be 13 credit hours. In that case, the faculty member’s load for the spring semester would be 11 credit hours to keep the total for the year at 24 credit hours. Workload substitutions for the supervision of students/interns (6 students = 3 credit hour load) may be assigned by the Director.

Every faculty member is generally expected to teach at least one (1) course per semester for which the instructor bears full instructional responsibility. Faculty members typically receive research workload credit at six (6) credit hours per year. It is important to note that a (6) credit release is not automatic but is available for probationary faculty and tenured faculty who maintain active agendas working with graduate students and have graduate faculty status.  Typically, this six (6) hours is divided by semester.  In one semester, faculty are given 1.5 hours for advising and 1.5 hours for research; the other semester, faculty are given 1.5 hours for advising and 4.5 hours for research.  While individual investigations at all levels and the directing of dissertations are compensated during the Summer term, supporting students in these ways may be included in the three (3) hours of advising provided over the academic year.