Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalencies:
All full-time tenured and tenure-track Faculty of the Campus are expected to carry a workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. NTT faculty members are expected to carry a workload of thirty (30) credit hours per academic year (See, University Policy Register, 3342-6-18). The workload for each individual faculty member is, when applicable, determined by consultation with other faculty members in that discipline. All workload assignments are subject to the approval of the Assistant/Associate Dean and the Dean. In addition, the Faculty Council (FC) shall advise the Assistant/Associate Dean on issues related to teaching assignments, class schedules, and the appropriate application of workload equivalents. The Assistant/Associate Dean may also, in consultation with the FC, assign workload equivalencies for specific duties which are considered essential to the academic mission of the Campus. The Assistant/Associate Dean shall provide, prior to the start of each term, each faculty member with a statement of his/her workload.
Further Specifications on Faculty Workload:
- All faculty-generated workload equivalency requests are to be submitted to the Dean for review and approval in the spring prior to the academic year in which workload equivalency is sought.
- Workload equivalencies for department/program coordinators shall be rotated with no one program coordinator serving more than 3 consecutive years.
- Whenever course reductions are provided as compensation for a coordinator’s position, no resident faculty member will be eligible to hold more than one such position in any one semester.
- Normally, the Chair of the Trumbull Faculty Council will receive up to a three credit-hour course load reduction for each semester that he/she serves in that position.
- Whenever a faculty member’s course is cancelled due to low enrollment, the Assistant/Associate Dean will reassign that faculty member to teach another course so that the semester course load requirement is met (12 hours for tenured and tenure-track Faculty and 15 hours for NTT faculty). If no course in the faculty member’s discipline can be found, the faculty member and the Assistant/Associate Dean shall meet to determine the appropriate course of action, such as tutoring in the Learning Center or teaching first-year experience courses.
- At fall convocation, the Dean shall distribute a written report detailing all workload equivalency assignments that have been granted to faculty members for that academic year.
In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of faculty involvement in research and service activities, 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 Assistant/Associate Dean and the Dean. Moreover, faculty members without summer teaching contracts who are asked and agree to perform service activities during the summer will be compensated for those service activities.