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Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents

All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty of the department are expected to carry a workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year.  Full-time non-tenure track 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 assigned by the Chair, with the approval of the Dean.  The FAC and the Assistant Chair shall advise the Chair on issues related to teaching assignments, class schedules, and the appropriate application of workload equivalents. The Chair shall provide all faculty members with statements of their workload.

Newly hired untenured Faculty will receive a 3 credit workload assignment in each semester of three of their pre-tenure years to facilitate the development of their research programs and the preparation of the courses they teach.

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 (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 Chair and the Dean.

Nevertheless, for the purpose of enhancing their research program, a tenure-track or tenured faculty member may request that the Chair, in consultation with the FAC, allow future credit for workload that exceeds 12 workload hours in any academic year semester, with the intent of applying the excess workload hours (UOMe hours) to their assignment in a future academic year semester. All such accumulated credits shall expire at the end of the fourth academic year semester following the one in which they were earned.  Conversely, tenure-track or tenured faculty may request up to 3 hours (IOU hours) in addition to the normal departmentally sponsored research workload assignment in any one academic year semester, with the understanding that the normal departmentally sponsored research workload will be reduced by the same amount in the immediately following academic year semester. 

For the purpose of furthering their research programs, tenure-track or tenured faculty members may request to apply a maximum of 8 UOMe or IOU workload hours in any one semester to reduce their teaching assignment in that semester.  The Chair, in consultation with the FAC, must approve all such requests.  In the event that such a request results in a semester workload assignment in which a Faculty member teaches no classes, that Faculty member is expected to carry out all other normal duties, including committee assignments and graduate student advising.  As a consequence, absences from campus for academic reasons in such semesters may not exceed 6 weeks in total, and no one absence may exceed 4 weeks.  All such absences must be approved in advance.

The Chair 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 Department.  The Department’s expectations and specifications for such workload equivalencies are given in Tables 1A, 1B, and 1C below.

Table 1A.  Administrative Workload Equivalents Table

Assignment

Load equivalent (hours)

Frequency

Brief Description of Expectations

Assistant Chair

5

Semester (including summer)

See Operating Procedures Document

Graduate

Coordinator

3

Semester (including summer)

See Operating Procedures Document

Undergraduate Coordinator

3

Semester (including summer)

See Operating Procedures Document

CAC representative

1

Semester

Serve on the CAC

Multi-Section Course Coordinator (TT)

1

Semester

See Operating Procedures Document

First Year Algebra Coordinator (NTT)

6

Semester

See Operating Procedures Document

Developmental Math Coordinator (NTT)

6

Semester

See Operating Procedures Document


Table 1B.  Research and Grant Workload Equivalents Table

Assignment

Load equivalent (hours)

Frequency

Brief Description of Expectations

Department Sponsored Research

3-4

Semester

Research activity at F4 Graduate Faculty level in preceding 3 years; expectation of extramural grant application

2-3

Semester

Research activity at F3 Graduate Faculty level in preceding 3 years; expectation of extramural grant application

Grant* Sponsored  Research

1-5

Semester

 

1-3 per grant per semester; amount subject to approval by Chair at time of grant proposal submission

*   “Grant” refers to extramural funding administered by RaSP.

 

Table 1C.  Instructional Workload Equivalents Table

Assignment

Load equivalent (hours)

Frequency

Brief Description of Expectations

Doctoral Dissertation and/or Master’s Thesis Advising

1-5

Semester              (not to exceed 2 per student per semester)

Direction of students registered for Dissertation or Thesis

Honors Dissertation Advising

1-2

Semester              (not to exceed 1 per student per semester)

Direction of students registered for Honors Dissertation

Low Enrollment Graduate Section

.2 per student per credit hour registered

Semester

 

Teaching a graduate section not essential for graduation (other than Dissertation or Thesis) with fewer than 5 students enrolled

Low Enrollment Undergraduate Section

.1 per student per credit hour registered

Semester

Teaching an undergraduate section not essential for graduation (other than Honors Dissertation) with fewer than 10 students registered

New course preparation

1

Semester

Preparing new course (in addition to usual credit hour load)

Large section allowance

1

Semester

50 – 120 undergraduate students or                           more than 20 grad students

2

Semester

More than 120 students