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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.  Full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty members are expected to carry a maximum workload of thirty (30) credit hours per academic year.  (See, UPR 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.

The Chair or relevant unit administrator 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 workload equivalencies are given in Table 1.  Where a range of hours is specified for an equivalency, the Chair shall determine the appropriate assignment. See Section III.B. for detailed descriptions of Departmental Administrative and Service positions.

Table 1. Workload Equivalents Table

Course Instruction

Assignment

Load

Equivalent

Frequency

Brief Description of Assignment

Lecture/Recitation

1 per credit hour

Semester

Responsibility for a lecture or recitation section; or colloquium/seminar

Lower Division Laboratory Instruction

1 - 3

Semester

Responsibility for a lower division laboratory

Advanced Laboratory Instruction

3

Semester

Responsibility for the advanced laboratory courses 30020 and/or 4/50020.

Individual Investigation

1

Semester

Supervision of Individual Investigation, Honors Thesis, Special Projects, etc.

Coordination of multi-section course

1

Semester

Coordination of multi-section course

New Preparation

1

Semester

New course preparation. (In addition to the usual credit hr load.)

 

New Course Development

1

Semester

Development of a new course.   (In addition to the usual credit hr load.)

Multiple Large Sections

1-2

Semester

Multiple large (>75) sections

Research

Assignment

Load Equivalent

(Range)

Frequency

Brief Description of Assignment

Sponsored Research

1-5

Semester

1-3 per grant[1] per semester.  Amount subject to approval of Chair at time of grant proposal submission.  Limit is 5 load hours per semester.

Supervision of doctoral dissertations or masters theses

1-5

Semester

1-5 per semester; not to exceed 2 per student per semester

Research Activity/

Proposal submission

up to 3

Semester

Research activity and/or extramural proposal preparation and submission

 

[1] To obtain 3 hrs load equivalency the grant should constitute substantial external research project support by providing many of the characteristics defined in footnote reference to Table 2 (evaluation of scholarship for RTP).    Internal grants are normally 1 load hour per semester.  

The research workload will not reduce a Faculty member’s course instruction workload below six (6) load hours per year except under unusual circumstances.  Any exceptions must be approved by the Chair and the Dean.

Administration

Position descriptions may be found in Section III.B.

Title / Name of Assignment

Load Equivalent

(Range)

Frequency

Assistant to Chair

1-3

Semester

Graduate Coordinator

1-3

Semester

Undergraduate Coordinator

1-3

Semester

Planetarium Director

1-3

Semester

Director of the Center for Nuclear Research

1-2

Semester

Chair of Colloquium Committee

0-2

Semester

Departmental Web Managers

0-2

Semester

Other Administrative Assignments

(see Section III.B.10)

As determined by Chair

Semester

CAC Representative

0-3

Year

Undergraduate Major Advisor

1-2

Semester

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 that total more than twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year for tenured and tenure-track Faculty and that 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.