Teaching assignments and workload including workload equivalencies and related procedures

  1. Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

    All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty of the department are expected to carry a maximum workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year.  Full-time non-tenure track faculty members are expected to carry a maximum workload of thirty  (30) credit hours per academic year.  (See, University Policy 6-18)  The workload for each individual faculty member is assigned by the Chair with the approval of the Dean.  The FAC shall advise the Chair on issues related to teaching assignments, class schedules and the appropriate application of workload equivalents. The Chair shall provide each faculty member with a statement of her/his workload.

    The department’s specifications for such workload equivalencies are given in the table below

    Table 1.

    Courses                                                             1-15 hours/semester
    Graduate student supervision             1-2 hours/semester

    Graduate coordinator                            3 hours/semester
    Undergraduate coordinator                 3 hours/semester
    Other department service                   1-2 hours/semester

    Research                                                   1-3* hours/semester
    University service                                 Hours mandated by CBA / semester

    *In exceptional circumstances, and with approval of the Chair and Dean, other workload credit may be given in the research category.

  2. Teaching Assignments and Class Schedules

    Faculty members are assigned to teach specific courses by the Chair.  The primary considerations for course assignments are prior teaching experience, subject expertise, and shared responsibility among the faculty for service and introductory courses.  Questions regarding teaching assignments should be addressed to the Chair.  In the case of a dispute or request for reassignment the faculty member may request review by the FAC which will make a recommendation to the Chair.

    Scheduling of classes is the responsibility of the Chair.  The primary consideration for scheduling classes is student need with regard to meeting program or major requirements within a reasonable time frame.  In addition, the scheduling of some classes may be determined by the need to serve nontraditional students.

  3. Summer Teaching Assignments

    The Chair welcomes requests for summer teaching assignments from all full-time faculty members.  Summer teaching cannot be guaranteed to any faculty member and most summer teaching assignments are for a partial load.  The size, content, and staffing of summer courses are dictated by budgetary constraints and curricular needs.  Within these requirements faculty members are offered summer teaching assignments on an annual rotation system. The department will endeavor to distribute summer teaching opportunities equitably among members of the bargaining unit without regard to academic rank. Faculty members may elect not to accept a summer assignment. See also CBA Article IX, Section 3.

  4. Other Faculty Duties

    1. Advising

      Faculty are required to advise and counsel undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters. Individual faculty members are responsible for providing academic counseling to undergraduate students assigned to them and to other undergraduate students who seek such advice, as needed.  Student advising at the graduate level is conducted by the student's "major professor" and the student’s thesis/dissertation committee members. In order to assist in student advising, faculty members should maintain current knowledge of University, College, and Department programs and requirements.

    2. Grades and Student Records

      Grades and Student Records: Faculty members must inform students of their progress throughout the semester.  Grades are a faculty member's responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively.  Submission of final grades must comply with University Policy, including but not limited to the deadline for the timely submission of grades.  Failure of faculty members to provide grades in compliance with University Policy will be taken into consideration in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit decisions. Materials used in computing grades (e.g., exams, papers, reports, etc.) should be retained by the faculty member for five (5) years after final grades are submitted.  Students have a right to inspect the written work performed during a course and discuss the grade with the faculty member.

      All members of the Department must comply with all laws and University Policies that govern the privacy of student education records, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  These regulations require, among other things, that faculty members keep thorough academic records and forbid the posting of grades by name, social security number or any other method that might identify a student.

    3. Office Hours

      Faculty members are normally expected to schedule and attend at least five (5) office hours per week (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-18.101), unless it is clear and obvious that student access is not required during a particular semester.  The office hours shall be communicated to the Department office.  If a student, for a legitimate reason or reasons, is unable to meet during the faculty member’s scheduled office hours, the faculty member shall make appointments to meet with the student at an alternate time.

    4. Participation in University Activities

      Faculty members are expected to participate in recruitment programs, graduation ceremonies and other activities that are appropriate to their roles in the Department.

    5. Student and Peer Evaluations

      A Student Survey of Instruction (hereinafter “SSI”) is required in each course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Chair pursuant to applicable University policies and procedures (See, Section IX of this Handbook).

      Probationary faculty members are required to undergo peer review of teaching during each year of the probationary period. 

    6. Syllabi

      Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus which includes the subject matter to be covered in a course, a listing of assignments and/or reports, approximate dates of examinations, grading standards, attendance requirements, and other pertinent details of the conduct of the class.

    7. Annual Workload Summary Reports

      All faculty members are required to provide a current curriculum vitae (CV) to be kept on file in the Department office. The faculty member’s CV must be updated annually using the electronic system supported by the University. (See CBA Section IX.2.D).