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 tenured and tenure-track faculty and which total more than thirty (30) credit hours for full-time non-tenure-track faculty) will be made only in unusual circumstances. Such assignments require the agreement of the faculty member, and the approval of the Chair and the Dean.
Up to five workload hours in any semester may be carried forward as either debits (Faculty member owes Department workload) or credits (Department owes Faculty member release) into subsequent semesters. All workload carry-forwards must be by mutual agreement between the Faculty member and Department Chair; workload debits shall not be incurred for course cancellation due to low enrollment. A maximum of five hours may be carried forward from any given semester, and the total workload balance carried forward may not exceed seven hours. Tenure-track and tenured Faculty must discharge the accrued workload within the following academic year that it is originally credited or debited; non-tenure track faculty must discharge the accrued workload balance within the same academic year that it is originally credited or debited. Any accrued workload shall be tallied, along with notation indicating the semester in which the workload was originally accrued, on a Faculty member’s annual workload statement until the accrued workload is discharged.