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Tenure-line faculty members within the College of Education have expertise in a wide range of specialties and contribute to the mission of the College and University by fulfilling their teaching, research, and service responsibilities. These guidelines are intended to help establish equity in the distribution of teaching responsibilities.

 

I. Tenure-line faculty members with active and successful research programs are expected to carry a 2-2 course teaching load (typically 6 credits per semester) or the equivalent along with a complement of advising, supervision, and independent study responsibilities. Course releases may be provided in consultation with the relevant Department Head. Grounds for course releases include the receipt of an externally funded grant or contract providing salary savings, a special assignment like being elected Chair of the University Faculty Senate, or the existence of responsibilities to another unit (e.g., a joint appointment or a jointly funded position with the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium).

 

II. The courses faculty members teach should enroll at least the minimum number of students as stipulated by University policy (see: www.psu.edu/oue/aappm). If a course does not attract a sufficient number of students, the course may or may not be offered but will not be counted as part of the faculty member’s teaching load unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., a first time offering). Faculty members who teach an under-enrolled course should feel some obligation to provide alternative teaching or other suitable service within the same or some subsequent semester to his/her faculty colleagues for the sake of maintaining equity in the distribution of workload within the Department. It shall be appropriate for Department Heads to initiate conversations about how best to provide this alternative service.

 

III. Low enrollment practica at the 400 or 500 level (i.e., those with fewer than 8 or 5 students, respectively) and independent study courses will not count as part of the normal 2-2 course teaching load.

 

IV. Courses with a history of being under-enrolled are particularly problematic and curricula should be periodically reviewed to identify instances of persisting low enrollment courses. Efforts should be made to keep the incidence of such low enrollment courses to a minimum in keeping with a commitment to high quality.

 

V. Special topics courses are to be offered a maximum of two times in keeping with University Faculty Senate legislation.

 

VI. Department Heads will monitor compliance with these guidelines.

 

Endorsed by the College of Education Faculty Council on January 18, 2007

June 11, 2018

 

Full time fixed-term faculty members within the College of Education have expertise in a wide range of specialties and contribute to the mission of the College and University by fulfilling a variety of teaching, research, administrative, and service responsibilities. These guidelines are intended to help establish equity in the distribution of the number of workload assignments across fixed-term faculty in the College. 

 

Fixed-term faculty hired into 36-week positions have responsibility for fulfilling a total of 8 instances of workload assignments selected from the options below. Those with 48-week appointments have responsibility for fulfilling 11 of the workload assignments listed below. 

 

While the precise magnitude and scope of an “assignment” will vary within as well as across Departments and Programs, one “assignment” generally corresponds to the equivalent of having instructional responsibility for a 3 credit course.  Department Heads have responsibility for monitoring and ensuring equity in the allocation of workload assignments across the fixed term faculty members in their respective Departments.  The Dean’s Office has responsibility for monitoring and ensuring equity in the allocation of workload assignments across Departments.

 

It is important to note that any reduction in the number of assignments could pose a threat to the affected employee’s benefits package and should be reviewed carefully with human resource personnel prior to finalizing the modification.

 

Types of Assignments

 

1.  Instruction 

 

A.  Being the instructor for a 3 credit course or its equivalent with responsibility for the development, refinement, and delivery of instruction.

B.  Developing and delivering outreach programs.

 

2.  Curriculum Development

 

Significant involvement in the revision or development of a curriculum involving multiple courses/components can count as one or more workload assignments as determined by the Department Head.  In contrast, an instructor is responsible for the development/revision/refinement of an individual course as part of the assignment for teaching that course.

 

3.  Professional Engagement

 

It is permissible for workload assignments to be designed to explore and strengthen connections between research and professional practice.  These assignments must be reviewed and approved by the Department Head.  

 

4.  Administration and Program Support

 

Programs sometimes require a faculty member to act as a point person for managing enrollment, scheduling courses, answering student questions, organizing admissions, establishing internship sites, assisting with marketing and recruitment, and other duties relating to students in the program. Such work may be packaged into one or more workload assignments, as determined by the Department Head. 

 

5.  Student Advising

 

Significant responsibilities related to student advising at the undergraduate or graduate levels may count as one or more workload assignments, as determined by the Department Head.