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Teaching Assignments and Workload Including Workload Equivalencies and Related Procedures

All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty of the school are expected to carry a maximum workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. Full-time non-tenure track 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 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 that are considered essential to the academic mission of the School. The Director shall provide each faculty member with a statement of her/his workload.

Not all faculty members contribute to the School in the same manner. A faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching and undergraduate programs may teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than a faculty member who is also a member of the graduate faculty while serving as advisor to several graduate students and/or teaching a graduate-level course. All faculty members are expected to be involved in creative activity and/or scholarship, and to serve on School committees.

In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of faculty involvement in creative, 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 tenured and tenure-track faculty and which total more than thirty (30) credit hours for full-time non-tenure-track faculty) 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.

The School of Visual Communication Design has developed a workload equivalency for the teaching of studio, lecture and graduate course assignments. Similarly, the School recognizes academic advising, the assignment of administrative duties, the teaching of graduate courses, and the size of course enrollments in its calculation of appropriate workload.

University policy regarding teaching load is outlined in Addendum C of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The load hour factor per credit is 1.00, and applies to standard "Lecture" courses. (See also Article VII, "Faculty Workload, Collective Bargaining Agreement).  The tables below indicate workload equivalencies for the School.

Lecture Courses

*University Calculation

Semester Credit Hours

Contact Hours

Per Week

Minutes

Per Week

Contact Hours Per Semester

KSU nominal

Hours*

Load Hours

Per Semester

 

01

50 minutes

50

12.5

15*

1.00

02

1 hour, 40 minutes

100

25.0

30*

2.00

03

2 hours, 30 minutes

150

37.5

45*

3.00

04

3 hours, 20 minutes

200

50.0

60*

4.00

For undergraduate "Studio" courses, the School of Visual Communication Design 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 (studio) hour for VCD faculty equals an "adjusted" load requirement of 18 credits per academic year (9 credits per semester). Equivalence is determined as follows:

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.

Studio Courses

*University Calculation

Semester Credit Hours

Contact Hours

Per Week

Minutes

Per Week

Contact Hours Per Semester

KSU nominal

Hours*

Load Hours

Per Semester

 

01

1 hour 40 minutes

100

25

25

1.33

02

3 hours 20 minutes

200

25.0

50

2.66

03

5 hours

300

37.5

75

4.00

The maximum number of students in freshman and sophomore classes shall be based on the nature of the course content, the necessary facilities, and NASAD suggested standards.

Lecture/Lab Courses

*University Calculation

Semester Credit Hours

Contact Hours

Per Week

Minutes

Per Week

Contact Hours Per Semester

KSU nominal

Hours*

Load Hours

Per Semester

 

01

1 hour 15 minutes

75

25

18.75

1.20

02

2 hours 30 minutes

150

37.5

37.5

2.40

03

3 hours 20 minutes

200

37.5

50

3.60

 

  1. Teaching Assignments and Class Schedules

    Faculty members are assigned to teach specific courses by the Director. The primary considerations for course assignments are prior teaching experience, subject expertise, and shared responsibility among the faculty for service and introductory courses. Questions regarding teaching assignments should be addressed to the Director. In the case of a dispute or request for reassignment the faculty member may request review by the FAC which will make a recommendation to the Director.

    Scheduling of classes is the responsibility of the Director with the assistance of the School Scheduler, typically a responsibility of a member of the clerical staff. The primary consideration for scheduling classes is student need with regard to meeting program or major requirements within a reasonable time frame. In addition, the scheduling of some classes may be determined by the need to serve nontraditional students.

  2. Summer Teaching Assignments

    The Director welcomes requests for summer teaching assignments from all full-time faculty members. Summer teaching cannot be guaranteed to any faculty member and most summer teaching assignments are for a partial load. The size, content, and staffing of summer courses are dictated by budgetary constraints and curricular needs. Within these requirements, faculty members are offered summer teaching assignments based on expertise, availability, and when possible and appropriate, with consideration for rank. Faculty members may elect not to accept a summer assignment.

  3. Other Faculty Duties

    Faculty members are expected to schedule and attend at least five (5) office hours per week (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-18.101). The office hours shall be posted on the faculty member's office door and communicated to the School office as well as to the faculty member's students. If a student, for a legitimate reason or reasons, is unable to meet during the faculty member's scheduled office hours, the faculty member shall attempt to make appointments to meet with the student at an alternate time.

    In order to assist in student advising, faculty members should maintain current knowledge of University, College, and School programs and requirements.

    Faculty members are asked to participate in recruitment programs, graduation ceremonies and other activities appropriate to their role as a faculty member in the School. When appropriate, these duties will be shared and rotated among the TT faculty members.

  4. Sanctions

    A sanction is a documented corrective action in response to a faculty member's unsatisfactory performance of his/her duties and responsibilities as a member of the faculty. (See, "Sanctions for Cause" in the Collective Bargaining Agreement)

  5. Faculty Information System

    All faculty members are required to provide a current curriculum vitae (CV) to be kept on file in the School office. The faculty member's CV must be updated annually using the electronic system supported by the University.

  6. Faculty Leaves

    All leaves, sponsored or unsupported, personal or professional, are subject to the approval of the Director, the Dean and the Provost.

    University leaves include but are not limited to:

    1.         Research leaves.

    2.         Leaves of absence without pay.

    3.         Faculty professional improvement leaves.

    Operational Procedures and Policies regarding the FPIL can be found in the Policy Register under Operational Procedures Regarding Faculty Professional Improvement Leaves (sabbatical leaves) 3342-6-12.101

    Research/Creative Activity appointments.

  7. Faculty Absence and Travel Policy

    Faculty members who will be absent from campus for professional or personal reasons must submit a Request for Absence Form with the Director. The request should be made at least one (1) month prior to the planned absence and is subject to the approval of the Director and the Dean. Arrangements for any classes to be missed during the absence must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Director before approval will be granted.

    Attendance at professional meetings is encouraged. Approved travel expenses incurred in attending such meetings will be reimbursed when approved prior to travel according to the University's travel policies and are subject to the availability of School funds. In general, greater amounts of support will be granted to meeting participants (i.e. those presenting a paper or chairing a session) than to faculty members who simply attend professional meetings. For additional information regarding School Travel Policies, see Appendix V.

  8. Faculty Sick Leave

    The Director is responsible for keeping complete records of faculty sick leave; however, faculty members are also required to submit the appropriate sick leave forms to the Director. Sick leave forms should be completed and submitted to the Director within forty-eight (48) hours after an absence.

  9. Outside Employment and Other Outside Activities

    Faculty members may engage in professional activities outside the university provided the activities do not interfere with the faculty member's teaching, research, or service responsibilities to the School, Campus, College or University (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-24). These activities must not compete with University activity or the faculty member's employment with the University and must be approved in advance by the Director and the Dean. Each academic year, each faculty member must disclose and seek approval for all outside employment or other outside activities on the form provided by the University. Any outside employment or other outside activities are subject to the Faculty Code of Ethics and the University's conflict of interest policies. (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-17 and 33426-23)

  10. Copyright Restrictions

    All faculty members should be aware of current copyright laws that restrict the copying of published materials. For further information, contact the University's Office of Legal Affairs.

  11. Academic Misconduct

    The University policy regarding misconduct in research and scholarship and the Administrative policy and procedures regarding allegations and instances of misconduct in research and scholarship is included in the University Policy Register. (See, University Policy Register 3342-3-05 and 3342-2-05.01)