6c1. What are the institution’s workload policies? What are the unit’s workload policies? What is included in the workloads of faculty (e.g. hours of teaching, advising of candidates, supervising student teachers, work in P-12 schools, independent study, research and dissertation advisement)? How do workload policies differentiate between types of faculty positions?
In general, the university workload policy mandates a 12 credit hour load per semester for full time faculty. In some cases with particularly large classes, the load is reduced to 9 credits. In rare circumstances, a faculty member may teach 15 credits in one semester and 9 credits in the subsequent semester. Six credit hours is considered a full time load in the summer and 3 credits is considered a full load in Winterim. Full time academic staff are expected to teach 12 credits and 15 credits respectively for the two semesters of the year. Each 3-credit course represents one ninth of load or .11 FTE.
The unit’s workload policy adheres to the campus workload policy. Some faculty (particularly new faculty) are granted a 3-credit reassignment for special projects. In addition to credits for teaching, the standard workload includes an expectation of advising, service at the department, college, university, and professional levels, service to the schools, portfolio assessments, and research. A maximum of 18-20 student teachers constitutes a full teaching load for university supervisors (i.e. supervising 4-5 student teachers is equivalent to a 3 credit teaching load.) Supervising a maximum of 4 field study students is equivalent to one credit of work load. Part time adjunct and ad hoc academic staff are compensated at different levels than faculty, since they have no other duties beyond teaching and/or supervision.
6c2. What are the actual workloads of faculty
for teaching and clinical supervision?
Please refer to the master faculty spreadsheet for professional education faculty workloads for 2007-08.
6c3. To what extent do workloads and class size
allow faculty to be engaged effectively in teaching, scholarship, and service
(including time for such responsibilities as advisement, developing
assessments, and online courses)?
Results of faculty reviews for reappointment, promotion and tenure, as well as post tenure reviews, show that workloads and class size provide a balance of time to allow faculty to be engaged effectively in teaching, scholarship and service.
6c4. How does the unit ensure that the use of
part-time faculty contributes to the integrity, coherence, and quality of the
unit and its programs?
It is always the unit’s goal to hire full time tenure track faculty whenever possible. However, when part time faculty are hired, they are chosen carefully for their experience and expertise in special areas. For example, experienced teachers and administrators are sometimes hired for supervision where their years of classroom experience can be tapped. Retired faculty can contribute years of experience and maturity to both teaching assignments and supervision. All part time faculty are formally evaluated each year before a request to rehire can be submitted.
6c5. What personnel provide support for the
unit? How does the unit ensure that it has an adequate number of support
Each department and subunit in the College has program assistant support. In addition, student help (combination of work-study and regular payroll) is used in all departments and offices in the College. A full time graduate assistant is assigned to the Counselor Lab and a half time graduate assistant is assigned to the assessment library of the Department of Special Education. The unit receives further support from the School of Graduate Studies, the Grants Office, and the Office of International Affairs.
6c6. What financial support is available for professional development
activities for faculty?
Each year the campus provides funds for professional development of faculty and staff with two thirds of the funding coming from campus resources and one third from the College. Each full time faculty member gets $1,000, each staff member gets $500, and each program assistant gets $250. Part time people at or above 50% get a proportional share. The dean’s office provides summer funds for faculty to be trained on D2L and the provost’s office often provides summer funds for curricular work. Funds are provided by the dean’s office to send selected faculty to accreditation workshops. For 2008-09, three funds were approved to support faculty research assignments, first-year faculty releases, and summer fellowships.