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Academic department teaching load policies due May 16, 2021

This e-mail was sent to department chairs on Jan. 5, 2021.

Greetings Department Chairs,

The CALS faculty teaching load policy was approved at the November 3, 2020 Academic Planning Council meeting.

As discussed at the November 23, 2020 department chairs meeting, we would like departments to develop their own department-specific teaching load policy, consistent with campus and CALS policies.

In discussing the teaching load policy with the Academic Planning Council, department chairs, and others, thoughts emerged that departments might consider. We suggest that you consider the following in developing your department policy, as well as the suggestions within the policy itself:

  1. Establish a minimum number of students, contact hours, and/or similar measures that define what qualifies as a “group instruction” course for your department. Departments with team taught courses should also consider how to assess each instructor’s contribution.
  2. Include some statement about the relationship of an individual’s teaching load to the overall needs of the department to support its teaching mission. This might prioritize supporting department majors and programs (versus other teaching) or CFI generation. If everyone in a department teaches only the minimum, the department should expect a budget deduction given the importance of CFI to our budget model.

Please send Julie Scharm your department-specific teaching load policy by May 16, 2021. We will follow up with any comments or feedback by June 30, 2021.

The college policy will go into effect on July 1, 2022, in time for the 2022-23 academic year, and therefore departments should have a plan to reach this goal. Implementation should be addressed in future five-year plans. Departments may put the policy into effect earlier (e.g., August 2021) if they choose.

If you have any questions in policy development, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you,

Senior Associate Mark Rickenbach and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Karen Wassarman