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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 maximum workload of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year. All 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 Chair with the approval of the Dean. The FAC shall advise the Chair on issues related to teaching assignments, class schedules and the appropriate application of workload equivalents. The Chair shall provide each faculty member with a statement of her/his workload in compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  1. Workload Equivalents

    In addition, the Chair may, in consultation with the FAC and with the concurrence of the Dean, assign workload equivalencies for specific duties which are considered essential to the academic mission of the Department. The Department’s expectations and specifications for such workload equivalencies is given in the table below.

                Table 1. Workload Equivalents

    Title / Name of Assignment

    Load Equivalent

    (Range)

    Frequency

    Description of Duties

    Undergraduate Studies Coordinator

    3-6

    Academic Year

    (Duties are outlined in the departmental operating procedures appendix).

    Graduate Studies Coordinator

    3-6

    Academic Year

    (Duties are outlined in the departmental operating procedures appendix).

    C.A.C. Representative

    3

    Fall Semester

    (Duties are outlined in the departmental operating procedures appendix).

    Kent CORE Course Coordinator

    3

    Academic Year

    (Duties are outlined in the departmental operating procedures appendix).

    Graduate Faculty Program Duties

    3

    Academic Year

    Service in the Graduate Philosophy Program beyond class teaching.

    Graduate Faculty Research Duties

    3

    Academic Year

    Continued research and publication towards enhancing graduate philosophy education.

     

    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. Overload assignments for full-time tenure-track Faculty shall be compensated at the rate of 1/24 of base annual contract salary for each workload credit hour of overload assignment (see Article IX, Section 6 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement).

     

  2. Teaching Assignments and Course Schedules

    Faculty members are assigned to teach specific courses by the Chair. The primary considerations for course assignments are prior teaching experience, subject expertise, and shared responsibility among the faculty for service and introductory courses. Questions regarding teaching assignments should be addressed to the Chair. The Chair will submit to all members of the Department of Philosophy faculty a Faculty Course Preference form. After considering faculty stated preferences, the Chair will submit to the FAC each Fall term a tentative proposed Academic Year Course Schedule for the next Academic Year. The approved Course Schedule may be altered by the Chair for programmatic needs in consultation with the appropriate Coordinators. In the case of a dispute or request for reassignment a faculty member may request review by the FAC, which will make a recommendation to the Chair.

  3. Summer Teaching Assignments

    The Chair welcomes requests for summer teaching assignments from all full-time faculty members. Summer teaching cannot be guaranteed to any faculty member and most summer teaching assignments are for a partial load. The size, content, and staffing of summer courses are dictated by budgetary constraints and curricular needs. The Department will endeavor to distribute summer teaching opportunities equitably among members of the bargaining unit without regard to academic rank. Faculty members may elect not to accept a summer assignment. See also CBA Article IX, Section 4.