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).