Faculty Load | Kent State University

Faculty Load

The tenured and tenure-track faculty load policy of the School of Library and Information Science is based upon a full-time instructional and research load equivalent to 24 credit hours per academic year, typically 12 hours per semester, as specified in the FT-T/TT CBA (2012), Article IX. Teaching and teaching-related load for graduate faculty includes formal class teaching and appropriate teaching credit for advising of individual investigations, seminars, culminating experiences, research projects and papers, theses, and dissertations. For tenured/tenure-track faculty, load for formal classroom teaching is typically a 2-2 semester schedule of courses, with the expectation that faculty will have substantial involvement in research, service and graduate student advising. Modification or revision of the basic workload statements (course release or increase of teaching load) and of the specification and/or application of the course load equivalents requires the approval of the full Faculty of the academic unit. Revisions of the School’s workload expectations also require approval by the Provost as well as by the responsible Dean; revisions in the specification or application of course load equivalents also require approval by the Dean as well as by the Department Chair. Overload teaching assignments are rare and subject to the approval of the Director and the Dean of CCI. Other assignments include scholarship, administrative, faculty professional development, and other assignments.

 

The NTT load policy of the School of Library and Information Science is based upon a full-time instructional load equivalent to 30 credit hours per academic year, 15 hours per semester, as specified in the FT-NTT CBA (2013), Article IX. At SLIS, teaching load for Instructional or Practitioner NTTs is typically a 4-4 semester schedule of courses, with the expectation that faculty will have substantial involvement in service, curriculum development, graduate student advising, and supervision of culminating experiences, projects, etc.

 

Per FT-NTT CBA, the director, along with the faculty advisory committee (FAC), shall specify which assignments appropriate to the instructional and/or other responsibilities of FT-NTT Faculty members within the school shall constitute a workload assignment of the fifteen (15) credits per semester/thirty (30) credits per academic year.

 

Individual faculty workload expectations are subject to annual review and reflected in their workload statements.

 

Load Adjustments

Load adjustments may be warranted for substantial involvement by a faculty member beyond what is expected of the regular faculty load (24 hours for T/TT and 30 for NTT) in any of the following activities: graduate faculty responsibilities, major research projects, and special departmental or university administrative and service obligations that may arise.

 

Course load adjustments may be made by the SLIS Director in consultation with the FAC and the Dean of the College of Communication and Information. The Director may increase course loads in cases in which faculty productivity in such areas as research, service, or advising are deemed insufficient. Periodic review of load adjustments should be conducted through a consultation with the FAC and the Director.

 

The following activities may carry load adjustments:

  • Graduate Coordinator
  • Initial year of faculty appointment for establishing research and teaching agendas
  • Development of new curriculum (courses or a program of study)
  • Securing an external grant with budgeted load buyout
  • Other major administrative appointments.

 

Service, research, and instructional activities may qualify faculty members for adjustments in more than one area.

 

Workload Statements

In accordance with Article IX, Section 2C of the CBA, for each term of the regular academic year, each member of the Faculty shall receive a workload statement, normally at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term. This statement shall include the number of credit/workload hours to be devoted to instructional assignments and the number of hours within the unit’s workload equivalent policy (as noted above) to be devoted to the discharge of responsibilities in the areas of research, special service and advising activities significantly above the level expected of all Faculty in the unit, services of an administrative nature, and such other applicable workload equivalents specified in the unit’s workload policy.