Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

All Faculty members in the College are expected to carry a maximum workload of twenty-four (24) workload credit hours equivalent 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 3342-6-18).

The workload for each Faculty member and each NTT faculty member is assigned by the by the Dean or his/her designee.  The Dean may, in consultation with the Associate/Assistant Dean for the appropriate Program(s), assign workload equivalents for specific duties which are considered essential to the academic mission of the College.  Each semester, the Associate/Assistant Dean shall provide each Faculty member and each NTT faculty member with a statement of his/her workload.

Not all Faculty members contribute to the College in the same manner.  A Faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching in undergraduate programs may be assigned to teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than a Faculty member who is a member of the graduate faculty.  Most Faculty members are expected to be either a full or associate member of the graduate faculty.  All Faculty members are expected to be involved in significant research and/or creative activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research.

  1. Overload Assignments

    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 or equivalent per academic year for Faculty and which total more than thirty (30) credit hours or equivalent for NTT faculty) will be made at the sole discretion of the Dean only in unusual circumstances.

    Overload assignments require the agreement of the Faculty member and the approval of the appropriate Associate/Assistant Dean for Program(s) and the Dean.

    1. Summer Teaching Assignments

      The Associate/Assistant Dean(s) for Program(s) will accept requests for summer teaching assignments from all 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.

      Certain academic programs require particular expertise not normally present, or present only to a limited extent in the College.  Summer and/or intersession teaching and course assignments are not a right and Faculty members may elect not to accept a summer assignment.

    2. Teaching Assignments and Class Schedules

      Faculty members are assigned to teach specific courses by the Associate/Assistant Dean(s) for Program(s) with the approval of the Dean.  The primary considerations for course assignments are subject expertise, prior teaching experience and shared responsibility among the Faculty for service and the teaching of introductory courses.

      Questions regarding teaching assignments should be addressed to the Associate/Assistant Dean for Program(s).  In the case of an unresolved dispute or request for reassignment, the Faculty member may request review by the CAC which will make a recommendation to the Dean.  The Dean will have the final authority on all decisions regarding workload assignments.

      Scheduling of classes is the responsibility of the Associate/Assistant Dean(s) for Program(s) with final approval by the Dean.  A primary consideration for scheduling classes is student need with regard to meeting program or major requirements within a reasonable time frame.  In addition, the duty of the College to serve nontraditional students may have an impact on the scheduling of some classes. A change in schedule meeting time and location of classes initiated by Faculty requires prior approval of the Associate/Assistant Dean.

    3. Lecture and Recitation Class

      The workload equivalent for lecture- or recitation-type courses shall be equal to the semester credit hour value assigned to the course.

    4. Studio and Laboratory Class

      The workload equivalent for studio- and laboratory-type courses shall be equal to the average between the credit hours assigned to the course and the contact hours (i.e., credit hours + contact hours/2). 

    5. Graduate Capstone, Research, and Thesis

      The principal advisor may be assigned one (1) credit hour of workload equivalent per semester of record with a maximum of three (3) students per semester.  Membership on Capstone or thesis Committees is an expected service responsibility to the College and carries no workload equivalent.

    6. Class Size

      In recognition of the increased demand on time and teaching effort imposed by large class size, the following workload equivalents may be assigned by the Associate/Assistant Dean(s) for Program(s) and approved by the Dean:

      1. For lecture classes with enrollment larger than forty five  (45) students, additional workload equivalent of one (1) and credit hour per additional fifteen (15) students.
      2. For recitation classes with enrollment larger than thirty (30) students, a workload equivalent of one (1) credit hour per additional ten (10) students.
      3. For studios or laboratory classes with enrollment larger than fifteen (15) students, a workload equivalent of one (1) credit hour per additional five (5) students.
      4. For Interior Design practicum which involves on-site supervision, a workload equivalent of one (1) credit per each 3 students.
    7. New Faculty

      New Faculty may request that their teaching load be lowered to aid them in adjusting to the demands of a new course or assignment.  The Associate/Assistant Dean(s) for Program(s) may also recommend such load revision to the Dean, if a revision seems necessary or appropriate.  The amount of workload equivalent to be assigned will be determined on a case-by-case basis, may vary, and shall not exceed three (3) credit hours per year.