EFFECTIVE DATE: September 01, 2010
ISSUE #: 5
PRESIDENT: William Flores
This PS defines the restructured faculty workload policy for the University of HoustonDowntown. The teaching course load described recognizes the increased faculty time
commitments in the areas of service and scholarship at the university.
2.1 The term “year,” unless otherwise specified in this PS, means the 9-month academic
2.2 The term “one-to-one course” refers to a course in which a student receives direct
research supervision by a faculty member such as in the case of Directed Studies,
Special Projects, and Undergraduate Research Supervision.
The policy defined in this PS applies only to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty
members and only to the part of the year included in the 9-month academic year that
encompasses two long semesters.
This policy is intended to facilitate effective teaching, support professional
development, encourage research, maintain academic quality, and provide appropriate
response to enrollment growth. Department chairs will regularly monitor each faculty
member’s teaching load to ensure its consistency with sound pedagogical practices, and
the best interests of the students, the department, the college, and the university.
3.3.1 The standard course load for a faculty member during the combined long
semesters is 21 semester credit hours (9/12 or 12/9) of classroom instruction or
the equivalent. It is the responsibility of the department chair, in consultation
with the faculty and the dean, to ensure academic programs have appropriate
coverage. In addition, faculty are expected to maintain scheduled office hours,
perform other course-related activities, be involved in shared governance
activity, provide service to the community within their areas of expertise, and
engage in research and other creative activities.
3.3.2 The teaching load for department chairs is nine (9) semester hours or equivalent
3.3.3 Graduate semester hours shall count as 1.5 undergraduate semester hours in
determining teaching load.
3.3.4 Course load adjustments to balance “half-course” credits, as for graduate
teaching, shall either be banked until a full credit is earned or may be paid out as
an overload if the faculty member should request overload pay. To consider
departmental needs, the timing of a workload adjustment should be approved by
the department chair but credited within two calendar years from the time the
full credit is earned.
3.3.5 The department chair is responsible for assigning and monitoring the workload
of faculty within the department to insure individual compliance to the course
load requirement. The department chair will insure that other academic duties
are assigned equitably within the department. Course releases below the 12/9 or
9/12 semester credit hours per year require written approval by departmental
chair and college dean prior to annual scheduling. The department chair must
report all course loads to the college dean, who must report these to the Vice
President for Academic Affairs.
3.4 Adjustments and Exceptions to Policy
3.4.1 Adjustments and exceptions to this policy provide for other than the standard
teaching workload in particular situations. Where adjustments and exceptions
result in less than the standard teaching course load, such reduction shall be
referred to as “reassigned time.” The following adjustments are current
university-wide policy; however, other adjustments and exceptions may exist or
be approved according to the bases indicated in the following sections.
3.4.2 The cumulative supervision of ten (10) undergraduate students enrolled in oneto-one courses shall count for 3 undergraduate course credits. The cumulative
supervision of seven (7) graduate students enrolled in one-to-one courses shall
count for 4.5 undergraduate course credits. This formula can be used in
determining the faculty member’s course load or may be paid out as an overload
if the faculty member prefers. Overload pay may be prorated on a per student
basis for one-to-one courses. To be credited, all such one-to-one courses should
follow the requirements of the Directed Studies Policy (03.A.17) including
requirements for necessary approvals and documentation. Faculty and
Department Chair will work together to ensure equitable distribution of one-toone courses in order to maximize faculty-student contact.
3.4.3 Service as chair of thesis committees is credited with a graduate course release
for four thesis committees chaired. Discontinuation of service as thesis
committee chair while the thesis is in progress does not contribute to credited
workload. Faculty who serve as thesis committee members, do so as part of
their regular workload. The Department Chair or designee(s) responsible for
thesis distribution will ensure equitable distributions of workload resulting from
service on thesis committees.
SEE SECTION 3 FOR PROCEDURES
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Responsible Party (Reviewer): President
Signed original on file in Employment Services and Operations.
Issue #3: 3/1/86
Issue #4: 1/1/07
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