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Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

Tenured and tenure track faculty members in the Department of Accounting maintain an academic year workload of the equivalent of 24 semester hours of teaching and full-time term faculty members maintain an academic year workload of the equivalent of 30 semester hours of teaching, in compliance with the University Register (3342-6-18) and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to be actively engaged in scholarship and service. Scholarship activities and service activities which qualify as workload equivalents count toward meeting the academic year requirement of 24 semester hours of teaching. Components of workload can be adjusted between academic years for up to a maximum of three semester credit hours. Full-time term faculty have specific assignments totaling the equivalent of 30 semester hours of teaching specified within their term appointments. Faculty members may accept duties that would normally be assigned a workload equivalent without receiving such workload equivalent by written agreement of both the faculty member and the Department Chairperson.

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.  See Article IX, Section 5 of the tenure-track Collective Bargaining Agreement for overload payment procedures and Article VIII, Section 1F of the full-time NTT Collective Bargaining Agreement for overload assignments.

  1. Workload Policy

    The assignment of an individual’s workload shall be composed of teaching assignments and workload equivalents. The assignment shall be determined in accordance with procedures established in the section on regular academic year workload of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. All tenured and tenure-track faculty are to be offered the opportunity to be actively engaged in scholarship and service activities consistent with their performance and preferences. Workload equivalents, stated in semester hours of teaching, shall be determined for scholarship

  2. Workload Equivalents for Scholarship Activities

    Scholarship activities are defined, for purposes of workload equivalency, to include the four categories of scholarship defined by Boyer [Ernest L. Boyer, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities for the Professorate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1990]: discovery, integration, application, and teaching.

    1. For the first two years, an untenured, tenure track faculty member will be granted twelve semester hours of workload equivalent for scholarship activities. Thereafter, an untenured, tenure track faculty member, not denied reappointment or tenure, will be granted a minimum of nine semester hours of workload equivalent for scholarship activities.
    2. A faculty member’s workload equivalent for scholarship activities will be determined based on the quantity and quality of publications during the preceding five years. Quantity and quality considerations require tradeoffs. Both the publication outlet and the individual publication will be considered in making these tradeoffs. A faculty member’s workload equivalent for scholarship activities may be from zero to fifteen semester hours. Workload equivalency for scholarship activities cannot be reduced more than three semester hours in any academic year from that granted in the immediately preceding academic year.
    3. A publication is a separate piece of scholarly work published in such a manner that it is available other than to students of an instructor’s class. A publication includes articles in academic journals, articles in practitioner journals, books, monographs, and cases and book reviews published in journals or books. For purposes of workload equivalency, a publication does not include reprints, abstracts, unpublished manuscripts or working papers, or citations of a faculty member’s scholarly work.
    4. Publication by individual faculty can be in a variety of journals, including journals geared primarily toward academic audiences and journals geared primarily toward practitioner audiences, and other publication outlets. The emphasis a faculty member places on each of Boyer’s scholarship categories depends on interests, strengths, and stipulations communicated upon being hired. These stipulations may change by mutual agreement among the faculty member, the Department Chairperson, and the Dean of the College of Business Administration. The Department Chairperson will consult with the Department FAC concerning proposed changes in stipulations.
  3. Workload Equivalents for Service Activities

    Normal service activities include Department assignments, College and University assignments, and/or assignments external to the University. Faculty members who provide above-normal service activities receive workload equivalent credit (in addition to the workload equivalent credit granted for scholarship activities). The workload equivalents for Department and College of Business Administration/Graduate School of Management administrative assignments are:

    1. Three hours of workload equivalency:
      1. Coordinator of Introductory Financial Accounting
      2. Coordinator of Introductory Managerial Accounting
      3. M.S. in Accounting Coordinator
      4. Ph.D. Coordinator
    2. Six hours of workload equivalency:
      1. Advisor to Student Organizations

    Faculty members who provide other Department, College, or University service and/or accounting academic or professional service external to the University that they believe is above normal, when their total service commitment is considered, may request the Department Chairperson for a specific workload equivalent of one or more credit hours for total service. Normally a request for workload equivalency for total service should be made before faculty workloads for Fall or Spring semesters are determined.

  4. Workload and Workload Equivalents for Teaching

    A workload for a faculty member which includes teaching less than twelve semester hours in an academic year requires permission of the Dean of the College of Business Administration.  A faculty member will receive workload and workload equivalents for teaching as follows:

    i.   Workload of the semester hours for each course (course section) where a faculty member is assigned as an instructor. An instructor who teaches courses taught jointly will receive a workload assignment for the joint courses as if only one instructor had been assigned.

    ii. Workload equivalent of three semester hours for teaching a large-section course for the first time, when such an assignment is made after the close of the previous academic year.

    iii. Workload equivalent of three semester hours for teaching a large-section course in both semesters of an academic year (excluding ACCT 23020 and ACCT 23021).

    iv. Workload equivalent of three semester hours for teaching more than three different courses in an academic year, unless the unusual number of different courses was specifically requested by the faculty member.

    v. Workload equivalent of three semester hours for serving as chair of two dissertation committees or serving as a member of four dissertation committees; credit will be granted once for each committee.

    vi. Workload equivalent for up to three semester credit hours may be received for teaching graduate courses, teaching courses not previously taught, teaching courses not recently taught, teaching courses at regional campuses, developing courses with a substantial distance learning component, or developing new courses in unusual circumstances. Determination of unusual circumstances shall be made by the Department Chairperson after FAC consultation. 

  5. Workload Statements

    In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each faculty member shall receive a workload statement for each term of the academic year. Workload statements, including drafts, shall show the number of hours assigned to instruction, the number of hours of workload equivalent, and the reason for the workload equivalent. The Department Chairperson provides a draft workload statement to each faculty member at least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of a term. Distributed with the draft workload statement is a listing of instructional hours and workload equivalents for all tenured and tenure-track faculty. The Department Chairperson stands ready to discuss draft workload statements with each faculty member before workload statements are issued. The Department Chairperson and faculty members shall follow the process contained in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement in case of dispute or request for special consideration.

  6. Annual Workload Summary Report

    In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each faculty member shall submit an annual workload summary report for the previous academic year by September 15.  Article IX, Section 2D of the Collective Bargaining Agreement describes the report as follows:

    This report is to identify and update the faculty member’s efforts, accomplishments, scholarly contributions, ongoing professional activities, service and interests during that academic year. These reports will become an ongoing record of each Faculty member’s professional activities providing information related to grant activities, collaborative scholarship and teaching activities.

    The annual workload summary report submitted by the Faculty member shall be in the form of an annual updated curriculum vitae and the course syllabi for each course or section of course taught by the Faculty member during that academic year. The chair shall add to the report copies of the summaries of course evaluations for each course section taught during the academic year.

    The purpose of this report is to document the workload, including utilization of the specified workload equivalencies, for that academic year. Any other use of the report requires the consent of the Faculty member.

    In addition to the annual workload summary report described above, each faculty member should submit a summary letter which includes the following at a minimum: 1) course preferences for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters, 2) service assignment preferences, and 3) a summary of scholarly activities for the five year period ending with and including the current semester. If a faculty member wishes to update his/her workload summary report he/she may do so by January 31.  Based on this information the chair will then prepare the workload statement for the following academic year for discussion at a March or April meeting of the FAC.

  7. Summer Teaching Assignments

    The Chairperson will distribute proposed summer offerings prior to the time of scheduling of courses by the University so that faculty preferences concerning Summer Session teaching for the following summer may be incorporated into the Summer Session teaching prior to any such schedule being forwarded to the College or University. The goal of the Department is the equivalent of full-time employment (6 semester hours) during the summer through teaching, research, and/or relevant business experience. The chairperson will prepare a preliminary schedule based on faculty preferences and competencies given program needs and resources available. Faculty may propose desired changes in the preliminary schedule to the Chairperson. After considering proposed changes, the chairperson will prepare the final schedule for the summer sessions and announce research stipends. This schedule will be subject to changes necessitated by student demand for courses and late staffing changes. The Chairperson will discuss any changes in the final schedule with the affected faculty. Faculty who resign for the following academic year normally will be eligible for summer school teaching assignments. New faculty for the next academic year will be given summer school assignments only if all other faculty interests can be satisfied. ABD faculty are not to be given summer teaching assignments. Any research or special grants provided in their contracts, however, will be provided to enable them to complete their degrees.

  8. Other Faculty Duties

    Faculty members are expected to schedule and attend at least five (5) office hours per week (See University Policy Register 3342-6-18.101).  The office hours shall be posted on the faculty member’s office door and communicated to the Department office as well as to the faculty member’s students.

    In order to assist in student advising, faculty members should maintain current knowledge of University, College, and Department programs and requirements.

    Faculty members are expected to participate in activities such as student recruitment programs, graduation ceremonies and other activities which are appropriate to their role as a faculty member in the Department.

  9. Sanctions

    A sanction is a documented corrective action in response to a faculty member’s unsatisfactory performance of his/her duties and responsibilities as a member of the faculty.  (See Article VIII on “Sanctions for Cause” in the tenure-track Collective Bargaining Agreement.)

  10. Faculty Leaves

    Professional development and other leaves of absence and sabbaticals are available to qualified faculty in compliance with University Policy Register 3342-6-11 and 3342-6-12 with the approval of the Provost based upon recommendations by the Department FAC, the Department Chairperson, the CAC, and the Dean of the College of Business Administration/Graduate School of Management. Such leaves may be from one to two semesters in length. Scholarly leaves of absence do not extend the probationary period for tenure consideration.

  11. Faculty Absence and Travel Policy

    Faculty members who will be absent from campus for professional or personal reasons must submit a Request for Absence Form with the Chair.  The request should be made at least one (1) month prior to the planned absence and is subject to the approval of the Chair and the Dean.  Arrangements for any classes to be missed during the absence must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Chair before approval will be granted.

  12. Faculty Sick Leave

    The Chair is responsible for keeping complete records of faculty sick leave; however, faculty members are also required to submit the appropriate sick leave forms to the Chair.  Sick leave forms should be completed and submitted to the Chair within forty-eight (48) hours after an absence.  (See University Policy Register 3342-6-11.1 for administrative policy and procedures regarding sick leave)

  13. Outside Employment and Other Outside Activities

    Faculty members may engage in professional activities outside the university provided the activities do not interfere with the faculty member’s teaching, research, or service responsibilities to the Department, Campus, College or University (See University Policy Register 3342-6-24).  These activities must not compete with University activity or the faculty member’s employment with the University and must be approved in advance by the Chair and the Dean.  Each academic year, each faculty member must disclose and seek approval for all outside employment or other outside activities on the form provided by the University.  Any outside employment or other outside activities are subject to the Faculty Code of Ethics and the University’s conflict of interest policies.  (See University Policy Register 3342-6-17 and 3342-6-23)

  14. Academic Misconduct

    The University policy regarding misconduct in research and scholarship and the Administrative policy and procedures regarding allegations and instances of misconduct in research and scholarship is included in the University Policy Register.  (See University Policy Register 3342-3-05 and 3342-3-05.01)

  15. Teaching in the EMBA Program

    EMBA teaching assignments are determined according to GSM policy. Courses are to be rotated among eligible faculty. Eligible means qualified as determined by the Director of the EMBA program.

  16. Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation

    Evaluations of teaching effectiveness are needed for a variety of personnel decisions. All faculty, full-time and part-time, and all teaching fellows should conduct student evaluations of teaching effectiveness in all sections taught each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer). The evaluation instrument developed by the University is to be used.