Teaching Assignments and Workload Including Workload Equivalencies and Related Procedures

  1. Department Philosophy Regarding Instructional Responsibilities

                The Marketing Department Faculty subscribe to the philosophy that effective instruction is influenced by the way in which an instructional program is managed, delivered, and evaluated. They accept responsibility for the relevance of what is taught and for the means by which knowledge is conveyed to students. In this context, they recognize that Faculty should be involved in activities that improve course content and teaching quality.

                Members of the Faculty will assist in mentoring new teachers, developing course content, and evaluating results of teaching, to:

    1. assure that the content of the courses is consistent with the Department's mission and is updated to incorporate improvements based on contemporary marketing theory and practice,
    2. assure that there is an adequate degree of coordination of course content, such that materials from different areas of marketing are presented coherently, with appropriate sequencing and cross-references, and
    3. determine the effectiveness of the Department's instructional efforts through teaching evaluations and other sources (e.g. standardized field examinations, senior exit surveys, placement results, and alumni surveys).
  2. Roles and Responsibilities of Tenure-Track Faculty

    1.         Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

                To achieve the Department's mission, Faculty members must meet acceptable standards in scholarship, teaching, and service. In addition, each must excel in either scholarly activities or teaching. Minimum standards to be achieved are described in the Kent State University policy guidelines. Evaluations of performance occur at the individual level in connection with reappointment, tenure, and promotion decisions (see section VII of this Handbook), at the College level in connection with reaccreditation by AACSB, and at the University level as part of the AQIP quality improvement process. Because high caliber teaching and research are essential for the achievement of the Department's mission, members of the Department strive to excel in both of these areas.  Faculty members are also expected to perform appropriate service, but a strong service orientation is not considered sufficient to fulfill the Department's mission. 

                The Faculty recognize that the publication of scholarly contributions on a continuing basis is a core responsibility of those employed full-time in higher education. Scholarly activities may include those areas defined by the Boyer framework as scholarships of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. These types of scholarship are defined on the University’s reappointment, tenure, and promotion documents as follows:

    1. The scholarship of discovery: the pursuit of new knowledge; original research or creative activity;
    2. the scholarship of integration: interpretation, drawing together, and bringing new insight to original research or creative activity;
    3. the scholarship of application: using knowledge responsibly to solve consequential problems; knowledge that arises out of the very act of application;
    4. the scholarship of teaching: the act of teaching as well as the planning and examination of pedagogical procedures;

                As the Department has a multifaceted mission, including commitment to the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. programs, and recognizes legitimate diversity in forms of scholarship, there must be a mix in the types of intellectual contributions made by the Department Faculty. The Department’s strong commitment to doctoral education requires that a substantial portion of Faculty research be focused on the scholarships of discovery and integration. Departmental commitments to undergraduate and MBA programs also indicate that the scholarships of application and teaching (instructional development that enhances education in the discipline) are important elements in the Faculty's research orientation. This commitment to the intellectual contributions of the Faculty is an important element explicitly considered in matters related to Faculty recruitment, retention, promotion, and merit compensation. Thus, it is taken into account in the Department's Performance and Merit Guidelines Manual.

                To achieve the portion of the Department's mission dealing with teaching (i.e., the sharing of marketing knowledge and skills), it is necessary that Faculty members develop their communication and teaching skills and utilize these skills effectively in the classroom. Section 5 provides specific information about the syllabus and other matters related to classroom activities at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels. The monitoring and evaluation of the Faculty member's teaching is specified in the Department's Performance and Merit Guidelines Manual.

                The mission of the Department requires that Faculty provide service support for the Department, the College, and the University. Service responsibilities, including committee work and event attendance, are distributed approximately equally among members of the Faculty.  Service can also be performed in professional organizations or community service. It is expected that Faculty members will meet their service obligations as described in the Department's Performance and Merit Guidelines Manual.

    2.         Workload

                Consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Addendum D, and UPR 3342-6-52, all regular full-time Faculty are expected to work full-time for the University. The teaching load is the equivalent of twenty-four hours of undergraduate teaching per academic year. However, within the Department, the Faculty engage in a mixture of undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, research, and service, and thus, each individual’s teaching load is adjusted to account for these diverse contributions to the Department's mission as described in Calculation of Faculty Workloads.

                According to Article IX, Section C of the CBA, the Chairperson is responsible for providing each member of the Faculty with a written statement of his/her workload in accord with the criteria detailed below. This statement should be provided at least thirty days before the beginning of a term. The workload statement must state the number of credit/workload hours to be devoted to instructional assignments, research, administrative duties, special service, advising and other workload equivalents as specified in the Department's workload specification statement. An explanation must be provided for the number of courses each Faculty member is assigned to teach and the rationale for any reduction below twenty-four hours of undergraduate teaching. Questions regarding the assignment should be addressed to the Department Chairperson. In case of dispute or request for special consideration, the Faculty member may request a review by the FAC which, following such a review, will make a recommendation to the Chairperson.

    3.         Calculation of Faculty Workload

                As noted in Section V.B of this Handbook, the teaching load for tenure-track Faculty is the equivalent of twenty-four hours of undergraduate teaching per academic year. However, within the Department, the Faculty engage in a mixture of undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, research, and service, and teaching loads are adjusted to account for these diverse contributions to the Department's mission. 

                In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Addendum D, "University service, such as committee work, is expected from all regular, full-time Faculty as part of their normal service.  In those few cases when such service is very heavy the vice president for academic and student affairs or the collegial dean may allow this service to be an appropriate part of the load of the professor." Thus, as part of their normal workload, all full-time Faculty members are expected to participate in a variety of service-related activities for the Department, such as service on regular Departmental and College committees, attendance at Commencement ceremonies, and participation in the Faculty Advisory Committee and the College Advisory Committee.

                Faculty who are involved in such activities as engaging in high levels of scholarship leading to very substantial publications, teaching at the MBA or Ph.D. levels, advising for dissertations or individual investigations, and serving on extraordinary committees shall receive a reduction in the base-line teaching load as described below. Any reductions in teaching load are subject to the explicit approval of the Department Chairperson (in consultation with the Department FAC) taking into account the faculty resources (full- and part-time) available to the Department.

                With the issue of resources in mind, each of the following activities shall justify a one course reduction in teaching load for the academic year, when possible, for those Faculty members:

    • teaching a large undergraduate section (i.e., 300+ students) for the first time,
    • teaching a large undergraduate section in two consecutive academic terms (i.e., Fall-Spring or Spring-Fall),
    • teaching three (or more) graduate courses in a three year period,
    • preparing three or more new courses in two consecutive academic terms (i.e., Fall-Spring or Spring-Fall terms),
    • serving in extraordinary assignments requiring very high levels of time commitment,
    • demonstrating satisfactory teaching and being vigorously engaged in activities central to publishing,
    • demonstrating satisfactory teaching and obtaining substantial results of scholarly efforts, defined as at least three third tier, at least two second tier, or at least one top tier publication (or letter of acceptance) during a three-year period.

                Consistent with the Department's philosophy that untenured Assistant Professors should be aided in establishing a stream of scholarly publications, such Faculty members whose teaching is satisfactory and who are engaged in the activities necessary to build a prominent research record shall be provided an additional teaching load reduction of one course per academic year.

                Tenured Faculty members whose research productivity is exceptional (in terms of quantity and/or quality) for the Department and whose teaching is satisfactory shall be provided an additional teaching-load reduction of one course per academic year.

                Considering available resources and to the extent possible, Faculty will earn a one course reduction in teaching for every three points accumulated within a rolling three year period, according to the following schedule:

                Activity                                                                                          Points

    Teaching an Individual Investigation Course                                      0.1 per registered student

    Chairing Ph.D. dissertation                                                                 2.0 at completion

    Serving on Ph.D. dissertation committee                                            0.5 at completion

    Ph.D. Mentoring                                                                                 1.0 upon publication of paper

                                                                                                                      or conference proceedings

    Journal Editor                                                                                     2.0 per year

    Editorial Board Member                                                                     0.5 per year

    Editor, National Conference Proceedings                                           0.5

    National Officer of an Appropriate Professional Organization            0.5 per year

                If resources do not allow all Faculty who have earned a course reduction to receive the reduction in the semester it is earned, a "rolling schedule" of reductions shall be instituted. That is, course load reductions shall be carried over and provided as resources allow.

                The minimum teaching load that can be achieved, taking into account all activities, is intended to be twelve credit hours per academic year, unless additional load reduction is justified by research grant dollars or other external funding. Consistent with the College's Handbook, Faculty workloads of less than twelve hours need approval of both the Chairperson and the Dean.

    4.         Course Assignments

                Assignments to teach particular courses in the Department of Marketing are the responsibility of the Chairperson in consultation with the FAC. The assignments are based on (a) curricular needs, (b) Faculty qualifications and interests, and (c) Faculty requests. As far as practical, within curricular demands, Faculty will be assigned on an annual teaching schedule with classes scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for one semester and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the other semester. Faculty may also be assigned classes in the Evening and Weekend College, as required. Executive MBA assignments are made based on interests, skills, and merit as determined by the Chairperson, the Directory of Executive Program Development, and the Director of the Graduate School of Management. As Faculty members receive additional remuneration for Executive MBA assignments, these are not counted as part of the workload.

  3. Roles and Responsibilities of NTT and PT Faculty

    1.         Teaching Appointments

                The primary duty of full-time non-tenure-track (NTT) and part-time (PT) faculty is to provide credit instruction. Ideally, this teaching is of a high quality, similar to that of tenure-track Faculty. Full-time NTT faculty may hold the rank of Instructor, if they do not possess a terminal degree, or one of the professorial ranks (typically Assistant Professor), if they do possess an appropriate terminal degree (Ph.D. or D.B.A.). Part-time faculty may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. Appointment at the rank of Instructor requires a minimum of an M.B.A. or closely related Master’s degree, in combination with relevant business experience.

    2.         Workload

    Consistent with their Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article VIII.A, full-time NTT faculty are normally assigned fifteen (15) credit hours per semester, thirty (30) credit hours per academic year.  If workload equivalencies are utilized to reduce the credit hours assigned, tenure-track Faculty guidelines may be used, or criteria appropriate to the responsibilities and expected contributions of NTT faculty may be utilized. Part-time faculty are hired as needed, on a course-by-course basis, and are paid accordingly.   

  4. Teaching and Classroom Activities

    1. Changing Class Location - Faculty are expected to meet their classes at the times and in the rooms listed in the official Schedule of Classes. 

    2. Class Times - The instructor is expected to begin class on time and lecture for the full period allotted to this section. Do not lecture beyond the specified end time as it will cause the next section to begin late.

    3. Class Rosters - The registrar's office provides class rosters at several times during the semester. The first roster reflects those students who "pre-register" for the course. Updated rosters are provided near the start of the semester and around the 3rd week of the semester after the "add/drop" period. The final roster is provided after the "last day to withdraw from courses" around the 12th week of the semester. 2The timing of these is somewhat different in the Summer sessions. However, faculty may obtain a current list of students registered through either “web for faculty” (wffa.kent.edu) or webct (class.kent.edu) after obtaining account numbers.

    4. Course Syllabus - The course syllabus is viewed as a "contract" between the faculty member and the student. By Department and College policy, several topics should be a part of the syllabus. A list will be provided at the beginning of each semester, and will include:

    Course title and number; your name, office number, phone number, email address, and office hours; the required text (if any) and any other required or optional materials; the purpose of the course; any specific requirements of the course; any prerequisites for the course; very specific information about the grading procedures; a weekly schedule showing material to be covered, dates of examinations, project and assignment due dates, and any other dates relevant to the class (e.g., known dates when class will not be held due to holidays); a statement regarding the deadline for withdrawal from the course (the date is available from the Department Secretary or the Undergraduate Programs Office); the policy for make-up examinations; a brief description of the assignments, projects, or other requirements of the course, and a statement that cheating and plagiarism will be dealt with severely, in accordance with University Policy (see the University Policy Register, Chapter 3-07).

    Samples of suggested syllabus information follow.

    5. Effective Teaching - As stated in the contract letters, effective teaching is part of the agreement signed by the instructor. Any questions in this regard should be directed to the Department Chairperson.

    6. Exams - There are different procedures of showing the exam to the student after the exam. A transparency of the exam can be made and the instructor can go over it during class on an overhead. The student may view the exam during office hours. If the instructor intends to keep the examinations rather than return them to the students, appropriate security measures should be undertaken. Examinations do disappear off of desktops. Students have been known to ask to take an exam out of the office "to look at it more carefully," and then copy it. 

    7. Final Exams - Final exams (defined as "a formal examination or an equivalent appropriate activity used in evaluating student performance" UP3342-3-21-B-5) must be given at the officially scheduled time, day and place as published in the schedule of classes. "In rare and pedagogically justifiable cases, a faculty member may request permission to change the time of a final examination" (UP3342-3-21-D-1). In case a change is necessary, the Department Chairperson must approve the change and the examination must also be given at the regularly scheduled time for those students who prefer to take it then. Faculty members must include information regarding the nature and weighting of the final examination on the course syllabus.  A period of at least two hours is to be allocated for each final exam.

    8. Grade Books - Grade book information (i.e., grades) and student records (any "special case" information) should be turned into the Department Office at the end of the semester. This process is currently being updated as grades are now turned in via web for faculty.

    9. Grade Change - Errors in calculation at the end of a semester can result in an error in recording a grade. There are grade change forms in the Department Office that can be used to change a grade submitted on the rosters at the end of the semester, if the period for entering grades electronically has expired.

    10. Grade Posting - Consistent with University Policy concerning student confidentiality, student grades cannot be posted based on their social security numbers.

    11. Incomplete - An incomplete grade may be given to students who can show proof of illness during the semester which inhibited them to finish the course work on time. In this case, (with documentation and with an incomplete grade contract attached) an incomplete grade can be assigned to the student with a time limit in which the student must complete the course work. At that time, the incomplete grade can be changed to a letter grade. Incomplete grade forms are in the Department Office.

    12. Missing Teaching Days - In case of absence, it is your responsibility to contact the Department office immediately, and arrange for an appropriate substitute. If your absence is due to planned travel, fill out the Faculty Absence Authorization Form in advance.

    13. Plagiarism - Students enrolled in the University are to perform their academic work according to standards set by faculty members, departments, schools and colleges of the University. Cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied.

  5. Summer and Intersession Teaching

                The Department Chairperson will solicit requests for summer and intersession teaching appointment from all full-time Faculty members. Summer teaching cannot be guaranteed, but equity of distribution is sought in making summer appointments. The primary concerns in making summer appointments are the needs of the academic program and the constraints of the summer budget.

  6. Procedures for Approvals to Teach College of Business Administration Courses

    1. Approval for any specific course, regardless of prior approval to teach College of Business Administration courses, will require the following:
    1. a full set of current credentials, particularly evidence of the person's ability to teach a course or courses intended,
    2. recent student evaluations,
    3. current academic and professional qualifications in the field, and
    4. recent letters of reference related to one's ability to teach the course(s). 

    Please see attached for a detailed list of qualifications for each department.

    The Teaching Request/Assignment form must be attached to all applications.

    1. The Department will evaluate the request and have their decision within two weeks of receiving a complete application file.
    1. Upon approval for any specific course, the college will enter the instructor name, course, campus, and semester in our database.
    1. The instructor's campus will send to the Undergraduate Programs Office of the College of Business Administration, a copy of the syllabus (no later than two weeks prior to the start of classes) and student evaluations (as soon as possible after the completion of the semester.)
    1. If, upon evaluation of the materials in 4 above, potential problems are identified, the Department will work with the faculty member to aid in their development.
    1. If we do not have a satisfactory assessment of performance from items from 4, we will request Assistant Dean Sinclair-Colando to ensure that this instructor is not teaching this course again at any campus.