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NOTE: This is a recommended ideal situation.  As of the adoption of the TAMIU Faculty Handbook, it is not nor does it represent itself as the Official Policy of the University.

 

FACULTY WORKLOAD MODELS

 

            ”Although each institution may establish standards for teaching loads to meet the instructional obligations of the institution and its students, to operate efficiently within the range of resources available to the institution, and to comply with the faculty workload guidelines and standard reports issued by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the following minimum teaching workload standards will apply:” (TAMUS Policy 12.03 Section 3).

 

1.            “A minimum teaching load for undergraduate courses shall be nine semester credit hours

            of normal classroom teaching; a minimum teaching load for graduate courses shall be six

            semester credit hours of normal classroom teaching.  Participation in the teaching of

            undergraduate students by senior faculty is strongly encouraged.”  (TAMUS Policy 12.03

            Section 3.1).

 

2.            “Adjustments to these amounts of normal classroom teaching may be made to account

            for large class sizes; duplicate sections taught; laboratory, seminar, lecture, clinical, or

            field-type courses; availability of support services; situations where both graduate and

            undergraduate work are involved; courses which involve individualized instruction; and

            overload from previous long semesters.”  (TAMUS Policy 12.03 Section 3.2).

 

3.            “The President of each university of the system will prepare, in consultation with the

            faculty, a faculty workload policy for that institution.  The policy shall establish the

            faculty workload standards, provide guidelines for adjustments of workloads reflecting

            different kinds of instruction, and provide a schedule for awarding equivalent teaching

            load credit for the assignment of other academic duties.”  (TAMUS Policy 12.03 Section

            4.1).

 

4.            On occasion, for the benefit of students, the faculty member’s Department, College or

            the University, assignments other than classroom/laboratory teaching may replace normal

            teaching assignments.  These replacement assignments are commonly called “releases”

            or “release time,” referring to a “release from teaching duty.”  Not every faculty member

            will receive, or be entitled to receive release time.  The granting of release time is subject

            to individual negotiations between the faculty member and the Provost and/or the faculty

            member’s Dean and/or Department Chair.  It is not the policy of TAMIU to grant release

            time to any faculty based upon any equivalencies or equivalence model other than those

            negotiated on an individual basis.  Historically, release time has been granted to some

            faculty for certain recognizable and definite assignments (i.e. funded research, less-than-

            full-time administrative appointments); some of these equivalent assignments may be

            found in this Appendix, “Model for Faculty Workload Equivalency Units.”

 

            The Faculty Senate is aware of all the foregoing policies; it is also aware that no formal equivalency models existed prior to September 1994.  Therefore, the Senate moved to investigate workload models from other universities throughout the U.S.  The research found that TAMIU’s 12 SCH load was not unique, but that in all other cases substitutable equivalent were defined.  Faculty Senate Resolution 95-6, adopted October 1995, sought to define, as specified in TAMUS policy, a set of equivalent for teaching assignments.  Faculty Senate Resolution 95-7, adopted February 1996, sought to define an idealized model that might become a “target” for implementation at some undefined time in the future when the University’s financial situation would support said implementation.  SR 95-7 thus becomes a goal in the strategy of building an outstanding University.  The models were distributed to the Faculty at large, who ratified these suggestions.

 

TABLE 1

 

            Faculty Appointment Codes as Funded from the Faculty Salaries Element of Cost*

 

Appointment                                                            Explanation

Code

            1            Direct instructional activities, which include interaction with students, related to

                        instruction, preparation for such instruction, and evaluation of student

                        performance.  The various types of instruction include: lecture, laboratory,

                        practicum, seminar, independent study and research.

 

            2            Administrative assignments directly related to the teaching function such as:

                        chairs of teaching departments and coordinators of special program or multi-

                        section courses.

 

            3            Other professional assignments directly related to the teaching function, and

                        which are funded from faculty salaries.

 

* Data contained herein were developed from the Texas A&M Policy Manual on Faculty Academic Workload Rules and Regulations dated November 23, 1987.

 

CHART FOR FACULTY WORKLOAD REPORTS

APPOINTMENT Code 01 – Direct Institutional Activities

Workload No. Of Hours

X Enrollment Factor

(see Table 2)

X Weight

Factor

X Equivalent

Teaching

Load Credit

Undergraduate:

Regularily Scheduled

Organized Courses

Semester

Hours

X (see table 2) X 1 X E.T.L.C.

Undergraduate

Laboratory

Courses

Contact

Hours

X (see table 2) X 0.667 X E.T.L.C.

Graduate:

Regularily Scheduled

Organized Courses

Semester

Hours

X (see table 2) X 1.5 X E.T.L.C.

Graduate:

Contact

Hours

X (see table 2) X 1 X E.T.L.C.

 

TABLE 2

Enrollment Factors

Class

Size

59 or less 60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99 100 or more
Factor 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5

Appointment Code 01 – Direct Instructional Activities

(continued)

Graduate Research Supervision

No. of

Students

Supervised

1 2 3 4 5 6 >6

Equivanent

Teaching

Load Credit

Member,

Master's

Thesis

Committee

0.25 0.5 0.75 1 1 1 1 E.T.L.C.

Chair,

Master's

Thesis

Committee

0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3 E.T.L.C.

Member,

Ph.D

Dissertation

Committee

0.5 1 1 1 2 2 2 E.T.L.C.

Chair,

Ph.D

Dissertation

Committee

1 2 3 4 5 6 E.T.L.C.

 

Teaching Program Development

Activity Equivalent Taching Load Credit

New course preparation, to include development

of teaching methods and classroom or

laboratory material

0 < E.T.L.C. <= 3 hours

Curriculum revision or development

E.T.L.C. = 3 hours

New faculty instructional development, in

conjunction with, and not in addition to

teaching load credit for basic and/or

applied research

0, E.T.L.C. <= 3 hours each

semester for new tenure track

faculty during their first

calendar year at TAMIU

 

Appointment Code 02 – Administrative Assignment

Coordination and Teaching Program Administration F = Number of Faculty Equivalent Teaching Load Credit
Department Administrator*

F<15

!5 <= F <= 30

F >30

6 hours

9 hours

12 hours

S = No of Sections

E.T.L.C.

Multi-Section Course Coordinator

6 <= S <= 11

12<= S <= 24

S > 24

1 hour

2 hours

3 hours

* Each department administrator must teach at least one course per semester.


Class Related Contact S = No of Students Equivalent Teaching Load Credit

Department

Graduate Student

Advisor

0 <= S <= 19

20<= S <= 40

S > 40

1 hour

2 hours

3 hours

Department

Undergraduate Student

Advisor

0 <= S <= 19

20<= S <= 40

S > 40

1 hour

2 hours

3 hours

Interdepartmental

Academic Program

Advisor

0 <= S <= 19

20<= S <= 40

S > 40

1 hour

2 hours

3 hours

 

Professional Development

Faculty approved for academic

study programs such as Fulbright

Scholar, sabbatical, etc.

12 hours

Faculty engaged in professional

development activities to include

mentoring new faculty members.

0 < ETLC <= 4.5 hours

Research

Faculty engaged in basic or

applied research to include

scholarship and creative work.

0 < ETLC <= 6.0 hours

Committee Assignments

Chair, major university or

college Committee

Other assignments directly

Related to teaching function.

0 < ETLC < 3.0 hours

As jointly agreed upon between TAMIU

Provost and TAMIU Faculty Senate