Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents | Kent State University

Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

All full-time tenure‐track and tenured 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 (University Policy Register). Workload for each full-time Faculty member is assigned by the Director with the approval of the Dean. The Program Coordinators 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 Program Coordinators and with the approval of the Dean, assign workload equivalencies for specific duties which are considered essential to the academic mission of the School. The Director shall provide each Faculty member with a statement of her/his workload. Faculty workload will be informed by programmatic accreditation standards. For those programs that do not have programmatic accreditation, Faculty workload will be recommended by the area’s Program Coordinator and assigned by the Director with the approval of the Dean. Furthermore, circumstantial workload equivalencies (e.g., graduate Faculty status, administrative duties, advising, etc.) are negotiated with the Director with the approval of the Dean.

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 their peers who are graduate Faculty. Most of the School Faculty members will be either a full or associate member of the graduate Faculty. All Faculty members are expected to be involved in significant research activity, serve on graduate student committees, and contribute to graduate student research.

In the interest of maintaining a high standard of teaching and the desirability of Faculty involvement in 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 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.