Load Hour Equivalency Policy

For tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track faculty

Faculty members may request load equivalencies for a variety of activities. Each faulty member will submit to the Campus Dean a written request that documents the need for a load hour equivalent and justifies the amount. The Dean will respond to the faculty member in writing, approving or denying, in a timely manner. If the request is denied, the Dean should provide a rationale.

The load-hour equivalents appropriate to the Salem Campus shall include but are not limited to:




FC Chair 3.0 hours / semester

Instructional Service

[Supervision of student interns; supervision of individual investigation students; thesis/dissertation direction; graduate faculty responsibilities.]

May receive up to 3 hours / semester
Lab Preparation Faculty members prepping their own labs may receive load equivalency. Departmental policies and guidelines will be considered to set the appropriate load.

Program Development

[New course development; major renovation of course; excessive number of new course preparations; program development; conversion of face-to-face course to distance learning.]

1.0-12.0 hours / semester. The development of a 3 credit hour course typically results in an equivalency of 3.0 hours / semester. Converting a 3 credit hour course to distance learning format typically results in an equivalency of 3.0 hours / semester.

Administrative Services

[Coordinator/Program Director]

Coodrinators / Directors of Programs such as Early Childhood Education, English, Honoros, Nursing, and Horticulture and Clinical Coordinator typically receive 3 hours / semester for their service depending on program size and responsibility.

Administrative Services

[Other administrative service to the Campus, College or University beyond Program Coordinator/Director]

1.0-12.0 hours/semester

Professional Development

[Research load equivalency or leave; technical professional development.]

1.0-12.0 hours/semester