Theme 5

Building the Financial Foundation


Act of Determination 2 -- Faculty Workloads

Rigorous guidelines are needed for faculty workloads to create greater course coverage with existing faculty, to generate more scholarly research, and to provide for consistency across departmental units. In consultation with the Provost’s Office and the Office of Institutional Research and Testing, the Dean’s Office has revised workload guidelines that are currently being tested and implemented. These workloads standardize time allocation where possible, yet allow for flexibility when necessary. In addition, annual performance standards are being assessed for faculty release time designated for research.

Action Steps:
  • By Fall 2015 the Dean’s Office will complete the implementation of the faculty workload plan and will make faculty workload adjustments for the following academic year.
  • Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year our goal is that on average each department will reduce by one course per semester the need for temporary lecturer monies. Currently Arts & Sciences allocates approximately $1.5 million per year for temporary lecturers. By achieving this goal, we can reduce the need for temporary lecturer monies by approximately $250,000 per year. The Dean will propose to the Provost that one-half of these savings be reinvested into Arts & Sciences for new staff lines.