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
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. 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.
Faculty Appointment Codes as Funded from the Faculty Salaries Element of Cost*
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-
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
Appointment Code 01 – Direct Instructional Activities
Graduate Research Supervision
Teaching Program Development
Appointment Code 02 – Administrative Assignment
* Each department administrator must teach at least one course per semester.