Adjustments for Teaching | Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Adjustments for Teaching

a. Faculty members assigned to teach courses that meet for more than three hours per week may qualify for a load adjustment based on the load equivalence assigned to those courses. Load equivalency for courses with more than three contact hours per week will be determined at the time preliminary teaching assignments are made, by adding the number of credit hours to the number of contact hours and dividing by two. (Thus, a three-credit-hour course that meets for five hours per week would carry four load hours.)

The Director will make every effort, within the confines of available faculty and monetary resources, to use this adjusted load equivalency rather than credit hours in making final teaching assignments. A 12-hour semester teaching load should not include more than two courses of more than three in-class hours each.

b. According to the TT CBA, Article XXI, Section 4, tenure-track faculty engaged in developing distance/distributed-learning courses will receive workload equivalencies unless the distance education assignment is an overload, in which case the standard overload compensation rate applies. These provisions also apply to full time non-tenure track faculty, as provided for in the FTNTT CBA, Article XVIII, Section 1, Paragraph B.

c. Faculty teaching large-enrollment sections of more than 75 students may qualify for load equivalencies or graduate-assistant support.

d. Curricular development – of new courses, concentrations, or significant revisions to major areas of study – may qualify for a maximum of one load equivalency per semester during the semester in which the revision will be completed. Team-teaching assignments related to capstone courses, especially those with community partners, new instructors or instructors housed in other schools, may also qualify for a load equivalency.

e. Faculty members engaged in active direction of unstructured teaching activities, graduate theses, papers, projects, or independent studies, undergraduate independent studies, or internships may qualify for load adjustment for work beyond that normally expected of full-time faculty during the school year. Load adjustments for graduate thesis, dissertation, and project committee service and advising will be determined by a metric developed by the Graduate Studies Committee.