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Teaching Assignments and Workload Including Workload Equivalencies and Related Procedures

  1. Faculty Workload

    The workload for all faculty members is assigned annually by the Director. All tenured/tenure- track faculty members in the SOM are assigned a workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. Full-time non-tenure-track faculty members are assigned a workload of thirty (30) credit hours per academic year University Policy Register 3342-6-18. The FAC shall advise the Director on teaching and workload assignments, class schedules, section sizes, and the application of workload equivalencies, to include administrative duties, research activity, advising, and other assigned duties. In addition, the Director may, in consultation with the FAC, assign workload equivalencies for other specific duties that are considered essential to the academic mission of the SOM. The Director shall consult with the FAC before final determination of workload assignments. Criteria for evaluating productivity and contribution to the SOM and university for non-instructional workload equivalencies (WLEs) shall be based on the stated goals associated with the assignment.  WLEs, including those reflecting teaching and funded activities, should have a demonstrable benefit to the SOM, as deliberated by the Director and the individual faculty member, in recognition of the nature of individual courses and assignments. The Director shall provide each faculty member with a statement of her/his workload for each term of the academic year.

    1. Full-Time Tenured/Tenure-Track (T/TT) Faculty Members

    T/TT faculty members are expected to work full-time for the university. “Full time” is defined as 24 credit hours per academic year, or an average of 12 credit hours per semester. Elements besides instructional assignments that contribute to the calculation of workload credits are represented in the “School of Music Workload Activities” table below.

     

    2. Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track (FTNTT) Faculty Members

    FTNTT faculty members are expected to work full time for the university and normally shall be assigned teaching responsibilities of 30 credit hours per academic year, or an average of 15 hours per semester.

     

    Faculty work responsibilities within the SOM shall be assigned consistent with provisions of university policy contained in the University Policy Register (http://www.kent.edu/policyreg/policydetails.cfm?customel_datapageid_1976529=2038538) and terms outlined in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement(s).

  2. School of Music Workload Equivalencies

    All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty of the School are expected to carry a maximum workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. Full-time non-tenure-track faculty members are expected to carry a maximum workload of thirty (30) credit hours per academic year. (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-18)  The workload for each individual faculty member is assigned by the Director with the approval of the Dean. The FAC shall advise the Director on issues related to teaching assignments, class schedules and the appropriate application of workload equivalents. In addition, the Director may, in consultation with the FAC and with the concurrence of the Dean, assign workload equivalencies for specific duties which are considered essential to the academic mission of the School. The Director shall provide each faculty member with a statement of her/his workload.

     

    Faculty workload in the School of Music is based on the equivalent of 24 load hours of teaching per academic year (30 load hours for FTNTT faculty members). Because of the unique nature of music instruction, a load credit for courses varies with the nature of the delivery. (A complete load computation appears as Appendix 2.A.) For clarification, two typical faculty loads within the School follow:

     

                1. A faculty member who teaches four three-hour classroom courses in which normal lecture, preparation, and paper/test grading is involved receives 12 semester-hours of load credit, which also equals 12 contact-hours.

     

                2. According to nationally recognized practice, a faculty member who teaches applied music teaches 18 contact-hours weekly which converts to a 12 semester-hour load.

     

    There are many possible variations to music loads, especially since many faculty teach a combination of classroom, studio courses and ensembles.

     

    The Director may assign workload equivalents up to the levels recommended in the following list:

     

    The Assistant to the Director may receive a workload equivalent of up to six (6) load hours per semester.

     

    The Coordinator of Graduate Studies may receive a workload equivalent of up to four (4) load hours per semester.

     

    The Coordinator of Music Education may receive a workload equivalent of up to six (6) load hours per semester.

     

    The Coordinator of Online Courses may receive a workload equivalent of up to one (1) load hour per semester.

     

    The Coordinator of the Online Music Education MM degree program may receive a workload equivalent of up to eight (8) load hours per semester.

     

    The Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies may receive a workload equivalent of up to six (6) load hours per semester.

     

    The Coordinator of Recruitment may receive a workload equivalent of up to two (2) load hours per semester.

     

                The Director may award workload equivalencies for divisional coordinators as follows:

               

                Coordinator of Accompanying, up to one (1) load hour per semester

                Coordinator of Brass, up to one (1) load hour per semester

                Coordinator of Class Piano, up to one (1) load hour per semester

                Coordinator of Ethnomusicology, up to one (1) load hour per semester

                Coordinator of Jazz Studies, up to two (2) load hours per semester

               Coordinator of Music Theory, up to one and one-half (1.5) load hours per semester

                            (Coordinator of Undergraduate Music Theory, up to one (1) load hour per

                            semester; Coordinator of Graduate Music Theory, up to one-half (.5) load hour

                            per semester)

                Coordinator of Piano, up to one (1) load hour per semester

                Coordinator of Strings, up to one-half (0.5) load hour per semester

                Coordinator of Voice, up to two (2) load hours per semester

                Coordinator of Woodwinds, up to one (1) load hour per semester

  3. Loads for Teaching and Administrating Music Ensembles

    The Director may assign course and administrative loads on a semester basis up to the maximum levels noted below:

     

    Position

    Course load

    Administrative load

    Total

    Director of Orchestra

    3

    1-3

    up to 6

    Director of Bands

       MUS 45223/5/7 Wind Ensemble

      

     

    3

     

     

    1-3

    --

     

    up to 6

     

    Director of Athletic Bands

       MUS 45222/5 Marching Band

       MUS 45224 Flasher Brass

      

    MUS 45221/5 Concert Band    MUS 45225 University Band

     

     

    3

    3 per year

    3

    0-2

     3

     9-14

    Director of Choirs

       MUS 45141/5/7 KSU Chorale

       MUS 45121/5 Kent Chorus

       MUS 45142/5 Men’s Chorus (supervisor)

       MUS 45143/5 Women’s Chorus (supervisor)

     

    3

    3

    --

    --

     

    1-3

    --

    --

    --

     

    up to 6

    3

    Director of Opera

       MUS 45131/5/7 Opera, Singer Actor Technique

    3

    1-2 fall sem

    1-3 spring sem

    up to 5

    up to 6

    Director of Jazz Ensembles

       MUS 45131/5/7 Jazz Ensemble

     

    3

     

    1-3

     

    up to 6

    Other Ensemble Directors

       MUS 25312/5 World Music Ensemble

       MUS 45141/5 University Choir

       MUS 45142/5 Men’s Chorus

       MUS 45143/5 Women’s Chorus

       MUS 45151/5 Gospel Choir

     

    1

    3

    3

    3

    2

     

    --

    --

    --

    --

    --

     

    1

    3

    3

    3

    2

    Chamber Music Directors/Coaches

       MUS 45251/5/7 Percussion Ensemble

       MUS 45241/5 Trombone Ensemble

       MUS 45261/5 Bassoon Ensemble

       MUS 45271/5/7 New Music Ensemble

       MUS 45281/5 Flute Ensemble 

     

    1-3

    1

    1

    3

    1

     

    --

    --

    --

    --

    --

     

    1-3

    1

    1

    3

    1

    MUS 45311/5/7 Chamber Music

    The maximum load for chamber music coaching is 3.

    Load credit for chamber music coaching beyond 3 hours is subject to approval by the Director based on sufficient registration. 

    1 per ensemble

    --

    1-3

     Not all faculty members contribute to the School in the same manner. A faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching and undergraduate programs may teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than a faculty member who is also a member of the graduate faculty. Most of the School faculty members will be either a full or associate member of the graduate faculty. All Faculty members are expected to be involved in significant scholarly and/or creative activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research.

     

    In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of faculty involvement in scholarly and service activities, overload assignments are strongly discouraged. Overload assignments (i.e., workload assignments that total more than twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year for tenured and tenure-track faculty and that 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 Director and the Dean. 

  4. Summer Teaching Workload

    Summer teaching assignments are made by the Director according to the applicable provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement(s). Faculty are notified of plans for offering summer courses by the beginning of the preceding spring semester and have the opportunity to request assignment to preferred courses. Assignments are made according to the guidelines outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement(s). Faculty members may elect not to accept a summer assignment.

  5. Overload Assingments

    In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of faculty involvement in research and citizenship activities, overload assignments are strongly discouraged. Overload assignments (i.e., workload assignments that total more than twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year for tenured and tenure-track Faculty and that 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 Dean.

  6. Teaching Assignments and Class Schedules

    Faculty members are assigned to teach specific courses by the Director. The primary considerations for course assignments are prior teaching experience, subject expertise, regulatory and certifying body requirements, and shared responsibility among the faculty members for introductory courses. For each term of the regular academic year, the Director will communicate to each faculty member his/her teaching assignment in accordance with procedures and timelines outlined in the T/TT and FTNTT Collective Bargaining Agreement(s). The faculty member must indicate within ten (10) days of notification if he/she has questions or concerns about the teaching assignment.

    Questions or concerns regarding teaching assignments should be addressed to the Director. 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 Director.

  7. Student Evaluations

    All course sections are evaluated by students at the end of every semester or course period, including summer sessions, using Survey of Student Instruction. The faculty members of record receive summaries of survey question responses and any narrative data for each section taught after course grades are submitted. The evaluation summaries are made available to the Director.

  8. Final Exams

    Final examinations in all courses must be offered at the time and date specified in the university’s schedule of final examinations. Changes of the time and/or date of a final examination require prior approval of the Director, but in any case, the exam must also be offered at the time scheduled and publicized by the university for those students who desire to take the exam at that time.

  9. Grades

    Faculty members must inform students of their progress throughout the semester. Grades are a faculty member’s responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively. Submission of final grades must comply with university policy, including but not limited to the deadline for the timely submission of grades.

  10. Roles and Responsibilities for SOM Faculty Positions

    Director

     

    Assistant to the Director

     

    Graduate Coordinator

     

    Undergraduate Coordinator

     

    Recruitment Coordinator

     

    Music Education Coordinator

     

    Online Music Education Masters Program Coordinator

     

    Online Courses Coordinator

     

    Theory / Composition Coordinator

     

    Brass Coordinator

     

    Woodwinds Coordinator

     

    Voice Coordinator

     

    Piano Coordinator

     

    Class Piano Coordinator

     

    Ensemble Directors

     

    Administrative Secretary

     

    Graduate and Undergraduate Secretary

     

    Account Clerk

     

    Piano Technician

     

    Kent / Blossom Music Artistic Coordinator(s)

     

    Music Librarians

     

    Piano Accompanists