SECTION 9 Workload

SECTION 9   WORKLOAD

9.1       Responsibilities

9.1.1    Tenured and tenure-track faculty members’ job responsibilities include a combination of teaching, advising, research or creative endeavors, and service to departments, colleges, the university, the professions, and the community. Additional responsibilities of tenured and tenure-track faculty include: advising students; attending classes as scheduled; participating in university committees; maintaining reasonable posted office hours; working collaboratively and productively with colleagues; participating in accreditation and program reviews. Distribution of workload among the job responsibilities may vary. Standards for the quality of teaching as well as standards for the quantity and quality of research and service are determined in departmental and college evaluation plans, and then used in the appropriate evaluation, tenure and promotion process.

9.1.2    Non-tenure-track faculty responsibilities are defined in the letter of offer and normally consist primarily of teaching.

9.1.3    Tenured and tenure-track library faculty responsibilities include librarianship, scholarship and service. Librarianship includes: reference and instructional services; collection development; bibliographic organization and control of collection; information system design and implementation; and library management. Additional responsibilities of library faculty include: participating in university committees; maintaining reasonable posted office hours; working collaboratively and productively with colleagues; participating in accreditation and program reviews. Distribution of workload among the responsibilities may vary. Standards for the quality of librarianship as well as standards for the quantity and quality of scholarship and service are determined in the library evaluation plans, and then used in the appropriate evaluation, tenure and promotion process.

9.1.4    Non-tenure-track library faculty responsibilities are defined in the letter of offer and normally consist primarily of librarianship.

9.2       Teaching Workload. The underlying principles for establishing teaching load are to meet the needs of students and program requirements effectively and efficiently, and to provide a supportive teaching/learning environment. Since teaching methods vary among disciplines, each department and college is best able to assess the efforts required in teaching in its discipline(s).

9.2.1    The parties agree to continue stable teaching load practices for faculty that maintain the historic departmental levels of teaching or librarianship constituting one FTE workload in each college. Deans will continue to have discretion over allocating resources across departments within the college. The current collaboration between the dean and the department chairs will continue. Department chairs shall continue to have the flexibility to make changes in individual workload among faculty members due to programmatic, curricular and student needs.

9.2.2    Class size is a component of the historic departmental level of teaching as defined in section 9.2.1. A dean may suggest an examination of class size options. A faculty member may propose to redesign a course in a way that results in a change in the historic class size. Any proposal to make adjustments to class size must be pedagogically sound, maintain quality, meet the needs of students, and be feasible within the resources of the unit/college concerned. The proposal must be approved by the department and the dean.

9.2.3    The dean of the college will determine, in consultation with the chairs, the courses and sections to be offered and the allocation of faculty teaching workload across faculty in the department, within the resources available.

9.2.4    In collaboration with the dean, each department shall develop a policy to determine the distribution of the departmental teaching load among its members. In determining the teaching workload of faculty members, departments will develop measures for the effort involved in teaching courses of different types and sizes and with different meeting schedules, and measures for the effort involved in other tasks (such as labs, studio classes, supervision of student projects, theses or performances, and the coordination of group activities or multiple sections). The same criteria shall apply to all faculty members in the department. The departmental policies must be approved by the dean and the Provost.

9.2.5    With approval of the dean and Provost, tenure-track and tenured faculty may be permitted to buy out teaching workload (e.g. through grant-funded activities), provided that the overall teaching, scholarship, and service needs of the unit, as determined by departmental policy, and approved by the dean, can otherwise be met.

9.2.6    The teaching assignments of the current tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the department shall be determined by May of the previous academic year.

9.2.7    The department chair shall be responsible for implementing departmental policy for the distribution of teaching load according to faculty qualifications and the curricular needs of the department and the University.

9.3       Libraries Faculty Workload

9.3.1    The underlying principles for establishing workload for tenured and tenure-track library faculty are to meet the needs of the University community effectively and efficiently and to support the teaching/learning environment.

9.3.2    In collaboration with the Department Chair of the Libraries, faculty develop a policy to determine the distribution of the librarianship load among its members. In order to provide an opportunity for promotion, such distribution must include appropriate time for scholarship of not less than an average of four hours per week, scheduled in mutual agreement with the Chair. The policies must be approved by the Dean and the Provost.

9.4       Grievance

Disputes regarding the application of Section 9.2.1 are subject to the grievance process specified in Section 20.