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Guidelines: Full Time Fixed Term Faculty Members' Workload Assignments

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.