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, and must be compensated if required by the faculty member’s appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement.
As an alternative to accepting compensation for an overload assignment, the additional load hours comprising the overload can be “banked” as a load equivalency for use in a future semester. Under normal circumstances, a maximum of 3 load hours can be banked each semester. These load hours must normally be used within the next 2 academic years. Such “banking” of workload equivalencies requires the agreement of the faculty member, consultation with FAC, and the approval of the Chair, and must be documented on the faculty member’s workload statement for the semesters in which the additional load hours are earned and used.
As a special case of banking workload equivalencies, a faculty member may request to temporarily increase his/her teaching load in order to receive a Research Intensive Semester in the future. This request must be made to the Chair, and must describe the teaching overload that will be undertaken to build the workload equivalency, the research to be undertaken in the Research Intensive Semester, and the project’s importance to the faculty member’s professional development. This request requires consultation with FAC and the approval of the Chair, and must be documented on the faculty member’s workload statement for the semesters in which the additional load hours are earned and used.