Faculty Workload Policy being proposed by the Inter-Campus Faculty Council


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A. Each department* will develop a faculty workload standard for teaching, research, service, clinical instruction, clinical duties, and administration. The standard must specify the types of assignments and the distribution of the percent of effort in each function. The appropriate Dean and the Chief Academic Officer of the campus will review and approve the department workload standard according to the objectives of the department and the average instructional responsibility for the campus.
B. The Chief Academic Officer will confer regularly with each Dean concerning implementation of workload standards. Departmental workload standards will be reviewed as part of the five-year program review.
C. The average instructional responsibility for each regular faculty member on each campus will be 9 credits per semester. The Chief Academic Officer will establish instructional benchmarks in both section credits and student credit hours for each college and school to attain the average instructional goal of 9 credits.
D. The Department Chair, in consultation with individual faculty members, will determine a faculty member's assignments and distribution of effort in the areas of teaching, research, and service (and clinical instruction, clinical duties, and administration, if applicable), relative to the departmental workload standard. Assignments among faculty members will vary to meet the objectives of the department.
E. The assigned teaching load for individual faculty should be (a) aligned with the department's workload standard; (b) consistent with the college or school's goal for average instructional responsibility; and (c) commensurate with research productivity, time devoted to individual instruction and advising, assignment of administrative duties, service assignments, and sabbaticals or faculty development leaves. Because of circumstances such as course cancellations, the Department Chair will modify teaching assignments; therefore, the actual teaching load of individual faculty will be calculated after any such modifications have been made. In calculating section credits or student credit hours, all forms of instruction will be included (such as off-campus, off-schedule, research supervision, and independent study), although instruction for extra compensation will be excluded. Individual faculty effort in research and service will be calculated according to measures approved by the department. The distribution of effort for tenure-track faculty during the probationary period should be commensurate with departmental, college, and campus standards for promotion and tenure. No regular faculty member can be assigned either fewer than 12 section credits or fewer than 180 student credit hours per academic year without an instructional waiver issued by the appropriate Department Chair and Dean and approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
F. Using a common faculty activity system, each faculty member will submit an annual report of all activities in the areas assigned to the faculty member for the preceding academic year. The Department Chair will use the data, including the distribution of effort relative to the department's workload standard to conduct an annual review of the performance of the faculty member (see xxxx). The Dean will analyze departmental outcomes using the common faculty activity system and work with the appropriate Department Chair to reconcile any disparities between a department workload standard and departmental outcomes.
G. The Chief Academic Officer on each campus will supply an aggregate report of faculty productivity to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
* The word "department" refers to an academic unit.