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Teaching Assignments and Workload including Workload Equivalencies and Related Procedures

  1. Faculty Workload

    Pursuant to the University Register, "All regular, full-time faculty are expected to work full-time for the University. This does not mean that each contributes in the same way. Some professors are employed by mutual agreement between themselves and their departments solely for undergraduate teaching. For these persons the teaching load and other assigned duties shall be twenty-four credit hours per academic year. Some professors 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, theses, and dissertations." 

    1. Consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, "Before the conclusion of each academic year, each continuing Tenured faculty member is to prepare and submit an annual workload summary report" updating the faculty member's accomplishments during that academic year. This "shall be in the form of an annual updated curriculum vitae and the course syllabi for each . . . course taught. . . . The chair shall add to the report copies of the summaries of course evaluations . . ." .  These must be completed using the University’s electronic Faculty Information System.
    2. Policies for summer workload are as specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    3. Policies and procedures for outside employment and additional compensation are as specified in the University Register.
  2. Statement of Workload Equivalents

    The following statement is approved for School workload equivalents and may be modified by the Director in consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee.

    Tenure-track faculty workload is 12 semester hours of credit or the equivalent per semester, totaling 24 semester hours per year. Teaching load adjustments may be warranted for substantial involvement by a faculty member in any of the following activities: graduate faculty responsibilities, major research projects, thesis/dissertation advising*, and special departmental or university administrative and service obligations that may arise. These course load adjustments may be made by the School Director in consultation with the FAC and the Dean of the College of Communication and Information.

    The credit workload hour (CWLH) equivalents for academic responsibilities include:

    • Undergraduate Coordinator: 3 CWLH per semester
    • Graduate Coordinator: 3 CWLH per semester
    • Faculty Scholarship: 1-3 CWLH per semester**
    • Director of Forensics: 1-3 CWLH per semester
    • Basic Course Director: 3 CWLH per semester
    • Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coordinator: 3 CWLH per semester
    • Associate Director: 3 CWLH per semester

    *Workload equivalents for advising of graduate student projects, theses, and/or dissertations may be granted by the Director to faculty whose advising load is excessively heavy. Workload equivalents for advising are up to a maximum of 3 CWLH per semester.

    **Workload equivalents for faculty scholarship may be granted by the Director to faculty who maintain an active program of scholarly productivity.

    Workload equivalents for additional duties or special assignment are negotiable between the faculty member and School Director, with consultation from the FAC. Workload equivalents are subject to the Dean's approval.

  3. Leaves of Absence

    Policies and procedures for special leaves are as specified in the University Register for the following purposes: court leave, temporary disability or extended sick leave, military leave, sick leave, and research leave.