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Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

All Faculty members of the School shall carry a maximum workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. NTT faculty members shall 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.

In addition to workload credit hours for teaching courses, additional workload equivalent may be granted for:

1.    Graduate faculty work related to advising dissertations/thesis/thesis projects and independent studies.

2.    Faculty members may be assigned workload equivalent each semester for scholarly activities associated with being an active researcher. Performance expectations for receiving this workload equivalent include current and sustained records of scholarly activity, presenting at professional conferences/meetings, publishing articles in refereed journals, chapters in scholarly books, and/or monographs or completing books.

3.    Program Coordinators generally receive a three (3) hour workload equivalent for each semester that they serve in this position.

4.    Faculty who are supervising students at student teaching sites will receive a .5 workload credit per each student supervised provided that there are eight (8) supervision visits throughout the semester.

5.    The School of Health Sciences faculty members conduct a variety of clinical/experiential supervisory duties (e.g., lab courses, practicum, internship, clinical supervision).  Depending on the nature of the supervision, workload equivalent for these activities may be available.

6.    Faculty who are teaching courses with class enrollments of 50 or greater without the support of a graduate assistant may negotiate additional workload credit depending on the nature of the work involved in the class.

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 Faculty members and which total more than thirty (30) credit hours for NTT faculty members) 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.