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2.11 WORKLOAD

2.11.1 Guidelines for Teaching Loads

There is no way to develop standards of equitable teaching loads for all faculty. It is necessary to consider such factors as the number of preparations the faculty member has, the total enrollment in the courses the faculty member teaches, course format, level of the course, the number of new and revised course preparations the faculty member has, the experience of the teacher, and any administrative duties, committee responsibilities, or other activities required of the faculty member. The following guidelines describe how teaching loads will be determined for each individual faculty member. A concerted effort will be made to make the load for each faculty member as equitable as possible within the framework of maintaining a strong advising system, encouraging academic program development, faculty professional activities, and providing opportunities for faculty to work with students on an individual basis. These guidelines are subject to revision in light of financial realities.

  1. A lecture course section staffed by one faculty member will have a teaching load credit equal to the number of credit hours the course carries.
  2. Supervision of a laboratory experience is 1 hour of teaching load for each 2-1/2 hours of laboratory time supervised.
  3. Team-taught courses shall normally carry a teaching load of the course credit hours divided by the number of faculty teaching it. However,this equivalency can vary depending upon he involvement of each person in the lectures and grading in the course, and the number of students in the course.
  4. Each faculty member teaching an Interdisciplinary Colloquium (IC) course will receive the same teaching load credit as if the course were solo-taught.
  5. Academic experiences that span semesters shall be broken into multiple courses in proportion to the amount of teaching that occurs in each semester. Faculty teaching load credit shall be divided likewise. For example, a Summer academic experience that requires significant class time in the prior Spring semester should be comprised of a credit-bearing Spring course and a separate credit-bearing Summer course.

    Revision to Section 2.11.1 was approved by the faculty, May 2013.
    Approved by Board of Trustees, October 2013
  6. Supervision of students in internships, student teaching, independent study, credit-by-exam, and similar activities will be assigned teaching load credit by the Provost and Vice President for Student Development according to accreditation guidelines, nature of the involvement of the faculty member in the activity, and other factors.

Based upon the above guidelines the faculty course load is determined on a department-by-department basis. Departmental load should average at 21 hours of teaching load per faculty member per academic year. This means that normally each person in the department is expected to carry a teaching load of 21 hours per academic year. However, with appropriate rationale, individual faculty members may be assigned loads which vary between a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 24. Flexibility within the department may depend upon factors such as class size, number of course preparations, advising load, and other similar conditions.

After consultation with the department heads and with appropriate rationale, the Vice President and Dean may alter individual load requirements due to class size, administrative duties, or other conditions which either increase or decrease the amount of time faculty members need to carry out their teaching responsibilities. Also, the Provost and Vice President for Student Development may limit class size for any course because of the nature of the course requirements, the time demands of the course upon the faculty member, or the nature of the facilities required for the course.

2.11.2 Non-Teaching Duties

The normal non-teaching duties and activities of the faculty beyond advising duties (see also Section 2.9.1) include:

  1. Research, writing, membership in professional societies, artistic performance, and other means of professional self- improvement.
  2. Preparation for each class of syllabus sufficiently detailed to provide the student with adequate direction.
  3. Participation in college, faculty and department meetings, committees and activities.
  4. Attendance at official college functions.
  5. Representation of the college educational groups when called upon by the President to do so.
  6. Writing letters of recommendations for students both past and present.
  7. Examination of library holdings in appropriate fields and recommendation of purchases.
  8. Service as advisors to various clubs and organizations.

2.11.3 Definition of "Year"

The members of the Full-time faculty are engaged from the beginning of faculty workshops preceding the Fall semester classes until Commencement, a period of approximately nine months. The faculty is paid on a twelve-month basis. If a member of the faculty is asked to be on duty between Commencement and the Fall Workshop, s/he will receive additional compensation.

2.11.4 Primary Faculty Responsibility

The primary responsibility of a faculty member is to render to the College the most effective service possible and to devote his or her full working time to the College. At the same time, consulting and other outside activities of a professional nature are encouraged by the College where such activities give the faculty member experience and knowledge valuable to professional growth and development. These activities may help the member of faculty make worthy contributions to knowledge, or contribute to instructional programs, or otherwise make a positive contribution to the College or the community. See Section 2.9.1ff.

Approved by Board of Trustees, April 29, 1995