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Graduate Education and Researchy

Purpose:  It is the stated intent of this workload policy to create an environment that promotes research excellence in concert with excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.  The rationale for the following sections is to clearly link individual research productivity, specifically in demonstrated sponsored program activity, to workload equivalents for teaching and service. 

Table 1 section 2 D, summarizes the intended relationship between faculty instructional workload and research productivity.

All faculty members will demonstrate each year their accomplishments in Graduate Education and Research by submission of documentation by an agreed upon deadline.

  1. A faculty member, carrying full doctoral program approval and meeting the criteria for the F4 level of graduate faculty appointment may earn up to 6 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year.
  2. A faculty member, carrying masters program approval and meeting the criteria for the F3 level of graduate faculty appointment may earn up to 4 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year.
  3. A faculty member meeting the criteria for the A2 level of graduate faculty appointment may earn up to 2 credit hour equivalents per year.
  4. Probationary faculty who meet the F3 or F4 criteria may earn up to 6 credit hour equivalents per academic year.
  5. Additional semester credit hour equivalents may be granted for exceptional performance in scholarly productivity (research, publication, grants, et cetera) beyond the requirements for F4 graduate faculty status. Determination is on a yearly basis and may not exceed 11 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year. Exceptional performance is defined based on:
    1. Faculty making contributions beyond those required for F4 graduate faculty status to mentoring of graduate students (especially doctoral students), undergraduate student research, publications, grant submissions, and professional service (e.g., journal editorship) are eligible for up to 5 semester credit hours per year in addition to those earned under A-D above.  Probationary faculty are also eligible for these additional credits regardless of whether they meet the F4 criteria.  Exceptional contributions are required in a majority of the areas listed for a faculty member to be considered for the maximum credit number.  
    2. Faculty with a strong history (5 year time span preceding a given year) of grant funding (factoring in the indirect costs generated, variation in funding amount in different disciplines, role of the faculty member in securing the funding, impact of the funding, etc.) pro-rated for the grant time span (for multi-year grants where funds are provided in the first year) are eligible for up to 6 semester credit hours per year (in addition to credits for A-D above).  Special consideration will be given in cases where a faculty member with consistent major funding is between grants in a given work load period.
  6. Faculty members with extramural funding may receive additional semester credit hour equivalents equal to the percent release time agreed on by the Chairperson and the faculty member at the time of submission of the grant proposal.  This cost share release time must be negotiated prior to proposal submission and will take into account indirect costs generated by the grant.  When possible and appropriate, it is highly desirable that funds for purchased release time (accounting for up to 100% of the work load requirement) be included based on consultation with the Chairperson prior to submission and after grant receipt. In such cases, additional cost share release time may be possible based on consultation with the Chairperson and the inclusion of faculty purchased release time.  The release time component must be shown on the University transmittal form which requires approval of the Dean.