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Workload and Workload Equivalents for Faculty

All TT faculty members of the School are expected to carry a maximum workload of    twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. NTT 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 FACULTY 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 FACULTY 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.

University policy regarding teaching load is outlined in Addendum C of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Twenty-four (24) credits of formal course teaching per academic year (12 credits per semester), or an equivalent number of credits, are required. The load hour factor per credit is 1.00, and applies to standard "Lecture" courses. (See also Article VII, "Faculty Workload, Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement)

Lecture Courses

Sem Cr Hrs

Contact Hours Per Week          

Min Per Wk

Hrs Per Sem

KSU

Hrs*

Semester Load

01

50 minutes

50

12.5

15*

1.00

02

1 hour 40 minutes

100

25

30*

2.00

03

2 hours 30 minutes

150

37.5

45*

3.00

04

3 hours 20 minutes

200

50

60*

4.00

*University Calculation

  1. School of Art Equivalents

    School of Art TT faculty members are employed for a mixture of undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and the public research that is an inherent part of graduate education. Their teaching load shall be the equivalent of twenty-four credit hours of teaching and shall include formal class teaching and appropriate teaching credit for advising of individual investigations, seminars, research, and theses.

  2. Undergraduate Studio Courses

    For undergraduate "Studio" courses, the School of Art has established a "two to one" contact hour formula (based on a “50-minute hour"), and a "one third" load factor equivalency for the required twenty-four (24) credits. The load hour factor of 1.33 per credit hour for Art faculty equals an "adjusted" load requirement of 18 credits per academic year (9 credits per semester).  Equivalence is established as follows:

    A contact "hour" (50 minutes) for "lecture" courses is equal to .8333 of an actual hour (60 minutes). Using the "two to one" formula, a contact "hour" in studio courses (in Art Education, Crafts, Design and Fine Arts) equals one and two thirds "hours" (1.6666), or 100 actual minutes.

    A load hour in a "studio" course shall be equal to one and one third load hours (1 & 1/3). Thus, a 01 credit hour studio course shall meet one hour and forty minutes per week (1

    & 2/3 hours), or 100 contact minutes (two to one, or 50 minutes @ .8333 X 2 = 1.6666).

    The load factor is 1 & 1/3 (1 = 1 & 1/3).

    A 02 credit hour studio course meets 200 minutes per week, or three hours and twenty minutes.  The load factor is 2 & 2/3 (1 & 1/3 + 1 & 1/3).

    A 03 credit hour studio course meets 300 minutes per week, or five hours. The load factor is 4 (3 & 3/3).

    The load factor in art history courses, which include extensive image collecting time for faculty, shall also be 4 load hours for 03 credit hours.

    (In all "team teaching" instruction, load shall be divided equally between instructors.)

    Sem Cr Hrs

    Contact Hours Per Week          

    Min Per Wk

    Hrs Per Sem

    Semester Load Hours

    01

    1 hour 40 minutes

    100

    25

    1.33

    02

    3 hours 20 minutes

    200

    50

    2.66

    03

    5 hours

    300

    75

    4.00

     

  3. Classroom Size

    When safety is an issue, ten (10) students shall constitute a minimum regular studio class at the undergraduate level. The optimum number of students in a class shall be 18. In accordance with NASAD guidelines, in which recommended class size is 20 and maximum class size should not exceed 24, recommended studio class size shall be 22.

  4. Reviews and Projects

    Undergraduate review and project advising (i.e., as a member of portfolio review committees, majors review committees, and senior project committees) should be assumed by a faculty member as a "committee" responsibility, not to exceed a maximum of seventy-five (75) hours per semester. All faculty of record for undergraduate portfolio reviews, major reviews, and senior projects in which credit hours are assigned shall receive load hour credit, as outlined in the Load Chart below.

  5. Independent Study

    Load hours for undergraduate independent study that are not a program requirement should be assumed by a faculty member as equivalent to a "committee" responsibility, not to exceed seventy-five (75) hours per semester.  (See Load Chart)

    Internships and special programs that are requirements, shall include load hour credit, and, in instances where administration is an essential and considerable aspect of instructional responsibility, administrative load equivalence.  (See Load Chart)

    Independent Study and Thesis Review at the graduate level shall be assigned load in accordance with the Load Chart. Six registered students (@ 3 credit hours each) shall constitute a regular studio graduate class that shall be assigned a scheduled time and studio, and a load of 4.0, at the option of the instructor and the discretion of the director of the School. The minimum studio graduate class size shall be 6 students, and the recommended maximum class size shall be 15. The minimum graduate art lecture class shall be 10 students, and the recommended maximum class size shall be 15.

    Student Teaching

     

     

    Instructor and/or advisor load per 4 students

    04.0

    Instructor and/or advisor load per student

    01.0

    Administrative Load Equivalents (maximum per semester)

     

    Assistant to the Director

    08.0

    Division coordinator

    03.0

    Graduate Coordinator

    04.0

     

  6. Overload Assignments

    Not all faculty members contribute to the School in the same manner. Most of the School TT faculty members will be either a full or associate member of the graduate faculty. All TT faculty members are expected to be involved in research and/or creative activity. Graduate faculty members are expected to serve on graduate student committees and to direct graduate student research.

    In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of faculty involvement in research and service activities, overload assignments are strongly discouraged. Overload assignments (i.e. workload assignments which total more than twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year for TT faculty and which total more than thirty (30) credit hours for NTT faculty) will be made only in exceptional circumstances.

    Such assignments require the agreement of the faculty member, and the approval of the director and the dean. (See Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement Article IX, Section 5 and Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement Article VIII, Section 1.)