Policy Manual



Faculty Workload Policy

Policy #:


Authorized by:

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs date 4/20/93

Approved by:

Dean of the University date 4/20/93

According to recent guidelines suggested by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), there should exist a plan for determining the workload of faculty.  This plan should take into account differences in time required for classroom preparation in varying types of classes and disciplines.  It should allow for other institutional duties, research, and committee participation.  And it should take into consideration such factors as number of contact hours, number of preparations, weekly student load, nature of instructions, available assistance (lab assistants, work study students, etc.).  With these factors in mind the following plan for determining workload of faculty is established:

The normal workload of full-time faculty who are paid on a nine-month basis is necessarily flexible, as indicated in The Regional Campuses Faculty Manual (p. C-10 revised 8/6/92).  However, in order to establish a uniform policy regarding workload and a compensation policy affecting "overloads," the following guidelines will apply:

    1. According to the Regional Campuses Faculty Manual, "the normal teaching load will be 12 hours per semester," and an overload for teaching will be defined as course work above 12 contact hours per semester.

    2. a.Summer teaching is optional. A faculty member may be asked to teach additional hours in any one term, but he or she has the right to refuse. Extra hours of teaching will be allowed to meet program needs or for faculty development; however, extra course assignments should not become routine. At least one major semester of no additional courses will follow any two consecutive semesters of additional work (excluding summer terms).

b.The normal teaching load of Division Heads is six contact hours per major semester, with no summer teaching. At no time will a Division Head teach more than nine hours in any one term. Extra hours of teaching will not be allowed except for faculty development, and should not become routine. At least one major semester of no additional courses will follow any two consecutive semesters of additional work.

3.All faculty are encouraged to engage in faculty developmental activities. Teaching a graduate course will be viewed as a faculty development activity, while teaching certain undergraduate courses may be be viewed as faculty development activities, such as courses in cross-trained areas, UNIV 101, team teaching and other specialized courses. Teaching a graduate course may be treated as part of the regular teaching load of the faculty member or as an extra course.

4.The number of courses assigned to a faculty member can be reduced by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Division Head, and with the approval of the Dean of the University, if the faculty member is assigned extraordinary administrative tasks, or as part of an approved faculty developmental program (i.e. "release time").