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Teaching assignments and workload

  1. Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

    All full time faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences are expected to carry a maximum workload equivalent of 24 semester credit hours of teaching per academic year (UPR 3342-6-52).  Credit hour equivalencies may apply to the above semester credit hours (Section 2 D).  The load for each individual faculty person is assigned by the Chairperson with the approval of the Dean of the College.  The FAC may be consulted regarding specific faculty member workloads.  In addition, the Chairperson may, with the concurrence of the Dean, assign other credit hour equivalencies for specific duties which are considered essential to the successful conduct of the academic mission of the faculty.  Each faculty member should receive a statement of her/his workload in accordance with the CBA.

    Not all faculty members contribute to the Department in the same manner.  A faculty member whose primary responsibilities lie with undergraduate teaching and programs may teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than one who is also a member of the graduate faculty (Appendix VI).  On the Kent Campus it is expected that most of the faculty will be either a full or associate member of the graduate faculty.  These faculty are expected to be involved in significant research activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research.

    In the interest of a high standard of teaching and the desirability of faculty involvement in research and service activities, the teaching of extra courses and overloads is strongly discouraged.  Overload assignments (that is, classroom teaching assignments which total more than 24 semester credit hours per academic year) will be made only in unusual circumstances.  Such assignments require the agreement of the faculty member, and the approval of the Departmental Chairperson and the Dean.  A load in excess of the 24 semester credit hours assigned in one academic year may be used to reduce load by an equivalent amount in the following academic year.  Noncompensated summer work related to graduate education and adjunct services also may be counted in addition to the credit hour equivalents earned during an academic year toward the workload for the following academic year (section 2 D).

  2. Teaching Assignment and Class Scheduling

    Faculty are assigned to teach specific courses by the Chairperson.  The primary considerations for course assignment are prior teaching experience, subject expertise, and shared responsibility among the faculty for service and introductory courses and associated laboratories.  Questions regarding the assignments should be addressed to the Chairperson.  In the case of a dispute or request for reassignment the faculty member may request review by the FAC which will make a recommendation to the Chairperson following the review.

    Scheduling of classes is the responsibility of the Assistant Chairperson with approval of the Chairperson.  The primary considerations for scheduling of classes are student needs with regard to meeting program or major requirements within a reasonable time frame (normally four years for a full-time student who begins the major in the first semester of the freshman year).  In addition, the scheduling of some classes may be determined by the need to serve the nontraditional student.

  3. Summer Teaching

    The Chairperson solicits requests for summer teaching assignments from all full-time faculty members.  Summer teaching cannot be guaranteed to any faculty member and most summer teaching appointments are for a partial load.  The size, content, and staffing of the summer program are dictated by budgetary constraints and curricular needs.  Within these requirements, faculty are offered summer teaching appointments on an annual rotation system.  A faculty member may elect not to accept a summer appointment without prejudice.

  4. Statement of workload equivalents

    Introduction

                The maximum teaching load for faculty the Department of Biological Sciences on the Kent Campus is 24 semester credit hours load per academic year.  The semester credit hours load is composed of actual semester credit hours teaching and the semester credit hours equivalents defined herein.  In addition, the Chairperson may, with the concurrence of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, assign other credit hour equivalences regarding specific duties within the department that are considered essential to the successful conduct and operation of the academic mission of the faculty and the Department.  The work load equivalents are designed to optimize the overall use of faculty time by accounting for variations in teaching and research activities among individuals.  It is left to the discretion of the Chairperson to round off semester credit hour equivalents as necessary in final determination of workload. 

                The load for individual faculty members is assigned by the Chairperson following consultation with the faculty member.  The Faculty Advisory Committee may be consulted regarding specific faculty member teaching loads at the request of the Chair or faculty member. 

    1. 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. 
    2. Adjunct Services

      1. Assistant to the Chairperson.  Duties include developing course and class schedules with approval of the Chairperson, assist in developing the departmental budget, assist the chair in maintaining the appropriate liaison with other academic units, developing summer course schedules appropriate to student needs, and serving as senior Department Officer in the absence of the Chairperson.  Other responsibilities may be assigned by the Chairperson that are essential to the appropriate conduct and function of the Department relative to the academic mission.  Up to 8 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
      2. Graduate Coordinator.  Duties include all details of admission of students by faculty advisors, chairing the Graduate Studies Committee, selection and award of financial assistance, maintaining appropriate records for evaluation of student progress, work and research performance, arranging and administering teaching evaluations for GA/TF instructors, preparing an annual report, serving as the Departmental Representative on the Graduate Council, College of Arts and Sciences, and the University Graduate Council, and all other matters essential to the proper conduct of the graduate programs including masters and doctoral level degrees.  The Graduate Coordinator also is the primary liaison with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the joint and/or related graduate programs.  It is expected that the Graduate Coordinator will confer regularly with the Chairperson regarding the academic operation of the graduate programs.  Up to 8 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
      3. Undergraduate Coordinator.  Duties include chairing the BSCI Undergraduate Curriculum Committee with its usual and typical functions, determining appropriate course substitutions, evaluating transfer credits, approving transient credit, advising and counsel students, conducting performance evaluations of graduating undergraduate students, serving as liaison with the Honors College, working with departmental advisers, and serving as advisor of the department’s undergraduate student council and clubs. It is expected that the Undergraduate Coordinator will confer regularly with the Chairperson regarding the academic operation of the undergraduate programs.   Up to 8 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
      4. Coordinator for         OR  (Position title)  
        1. BSCI majors sequence (BSCI 10110 and 10120).  The faculty member is responsible for the instructional team, examination construction, grading scale, lab instructor coordination, lab preparation, ordering of supplies, maintenance of equipment, et cetera.  One semester credit hour equivalent per course per term may be earned.
        2. LER courses (BSCI 10001 and 10002).  The faculty member is responsible for course content (changes must be through appropriate mechanisms), working with new instructors, and maintaining liaison with Regional Campus faculty who teach these courses.  One semester credit hour equivalent per course per academic year may be earned.
        3. BSN Laboratory courses (BSCI 20020, 20021, and 30030).  The faculty member is responsible for course content (changes must be through appropriate mechanisms), working with instructors new to the course, ordering of supplies, maintenance of equipment, and maintaining a liaison with Regional Campus faculty who teach these courses.  One semester credit hour equivalent per semester may be earned for each course not to exceed two semester credit hour equivalents per academic year for each course.
        4. Undergraduate Advisers.  For each undergraduate major in the Department of Biological Sciences, one or more (depending on enrollment) individuals will serve as undergraduate advisers and will be assigned specific students to advise.  Duties include conducting drop in advising sessions each semester, providing assistance to students seeking internships or other career experience, providing general advising for undergraduates related to educational and career issues, assisting the Undergraduate Coordinator regarding departmental undergraduate issues, and serving as Departmental representatives for College or University functions related to student recruitment, et cetera.  Up to four semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        5. Curator, Herbarium and Coordinator, Greenhouse and Arboretum.  Duties include maintaining the Herbarium, developing the collection, and other responsibilities peculiar to the Herbarium.  As Coordinator, the primary responsibility is to work with, and provide guidance to, the Director of Horticultural Facilities in maintenance and development of the greenhouse and arboretum.  Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        6. Director, Animal Complex.  Duties include supervision of the Animal Facility and serving as liaison to the facility supervisor, maintaining appropriate records as required by federal, state and Kent State regulations, serving on the University Animal Care Committee, serving as liaison with the Research and Graduate Studies Office, and providing liaison with facility users.  Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        7. Directors, Laboratory Core Facilities.  Duties include maintaining records, providing liaison with faculty and graduate student facility users, developing appropriate protocol and guidelines for facility operation, and other responsibilities peculiar to the facility.  Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        8. Director, Land Management Program.  Duties include maintenance of records and use of KSU land and projects that are part of the Land Management Program.  The Director has primary responsibility, with the Chair, for determining land use in the designated areas and serves as adviser for the Conservation Club.  The Director also is responsible for management of the Herrick Aquatic Ecology Research Facility. Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        9. MA Non-thesis program.  Duties include maintaining correspondence with MA Non-thesis students, preparing brochures and advertising the program, screening admission applications, providing liaison with the Graduate Studies Office, providing linkage between faculty who teach summer courses in the program and the Assistant to the Chair, maintaining student records (with the Graduate Coordinator), and other responsibilities peculiar to the program.  Two semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        10. Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program.  Duties include liaison with the College and the affiliated hospital programs, visiting affiliated hospitals, collecting information and data from affiliated hospital programs, hosting a yearly program for students and directors of affiliated hospital programs, maintaining records and recording grades for the clinical year students, and other responsibilities peculiar to the program.  Four semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        11. Safety Officer.  Duties include maintaining current knowledge of hazardous materials that could be used in the Department, providing information to the Business Manager (who has primary responsibility), working with the Business Manager, faculty and graduate students in maintaining a safe workplace, and other responsibilities peculiar to the position.  Two semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
        12. GA/TF Teaching Assignment.  Duties include assigning graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellow instructional responsibilities (non-lecture assignments), establishing equitable GA/TF load assignments, establishing a GA/TF laboratory training program, maintaining GA/TF teaching load records, serving as intermediary for GA/TF teaching problems, and providing other normal responsibilities associated with GA/TF teaching assignments.  Two semester credit hour equivalents per year may be earned.
        13. Other Services.  Consideration for special semester credit hour equivalencies may be given by the Chairperson with the prior approval of the Dean.  Normally and typically, these semester credit hour equivalents would be for a semester or for an academic year.  The semester credit hour equivalents may not exceed three per academic year.  Services include (but are not limited to) new course/program development, grant writing, major curricular revisions, etc.  Faculty members requesting credit for grant writing must submit a written proposal describing their intentions, results from prior requests of this type (including prior grant reviews) and a description of funding and scholarly activity history. Such requests will be considered by the FAC who will forward their recommendation to the Chairperson.
    3. Load Hour Equivalencies

      1. Lecture Courses:  In lecture only courses, each semester credit hour in the course counts one semester credit hour toward the 24 credit hours load per academic year.  Instructors of large classes are eligible for up to 1 additional credit per semester.  For classes with a one credit “Writing in Biological Sciences” section, the faculty will receive 1 lecture credit. It is possible, when appropriate, for faculty to bank hours for a certain period of time in cases were an atypical load is necessary in a particular semester.
      2. Lecture/Laboratory Courses: Lecture/Laboratory Courses: In lecture/laboratory courses in which the faculty member has full responsibility for both areas (no G.A. or lab technician), the faculty member will receive full credit for the lecture portion of the course and 1.0 times the contact hours for each laboratory section of the course.  Thus, a four semester credit hour course with three credit hours for lecture and one credit hour for a three contact hour laboratory will receive a total semester credit hour equivalency of six for teaching both lecture and lab portions of the course.   An additional 1 credit hour equivalency may be earned for laboratory preparation that is performed solely by the faculty member when there is no GA or other technical assistance.
      3. Lecture/Laboratory Courses: In lecture/laboratory courses in which the faculty member has full responsibility for the lecture and only partial responsibility for the laboratory portion, the faculty member will receive full credit for the lecture portion.  In cases where the faculty member has responsibility for instructing graduate assistants in proper teaching technique, in proper use of instrumentation and equipment, and other related laboratory activities the faculty member may receive one semester hour equivalent for the course.  In such cases, the faculty member is expected to schedule weekly meetings with lab instructors.
      4. Laboratory Instruction:  In lecture/laboratory courses, a faculty member who does not teach in the lecture portion of the course will receive semester credit hour equivalents for teaching laboratory sections of the course.  The semester credit hour equivalency is based on the formula of 0.75 times the contact hours for the laboratory.  Thus, a faculty member in this case would receive 0.75 times three contact hours for teaching a laboratory section in a multiple laboratory section course (i.e., 0.75 times 3 contact hours = 2.25 semester credit hour equivalents).  For each laboratory section taught by a faculty member, an additional office hour per week is required.

      TABLE 1

      Instruction Load Gradient for Tenured Faculty

      Kent Campus

       

      Approximate workload equivalents for instruction per AY1

      Grad Faculty Status

      Expectations

      3-5

      F4

      Major extramural research funding and extremely active research program.

      6-8

      F4

      Extramural research funding and/or strong recent funding history, and active research program.

      9-11

      F4 or F3

      Active research program, reasonable funding history, actively and consistently seeking funding with a demonstrable chance of success.

      12-14

      F4 or F3

      Research program with some activity but no significant grant activity (long lag in funding, relatively few submissions of major proposals, etc.).

      15 and higher

      A2, A1 or none

      Minimal research activity, if any

      1These credits include credits from lecture and credits for laboratory teaching for faculty teaching entire laboratory sections. 

      Note: Credits for PRT (purchased release time) and adjunct service hours (e.g., undergraduate coordinator) may be taken from the lecture totals when appropriate and necessary.

       

      Approved BSCI, May 20,2005

      Approved Dean Arts and Sciences and Provost, #######