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