The Institutional Approach to the Professional Work Load

The Institutional Approach to the Professional Work Load

Because Central is devoted to full student development, a variety of institutional responsibilities may go into a single work load. The VPAA/Dean, in consultation with department chairs, is responsible for consideration of “equivalent workload” for faculty members. The following are common components:

A. The "typical" course - A full course (3-4 credit hours), with average enrollment of 20-30 students

B. Course preparation - The work required to organize and outline the course, prepare handouts, and get ready for daily classes. Time and effort required will vary according to the faculty member's experience and course content.

C. Course grading - The work required to prepare and grade examinations, evaluate papers and reports, and consult with student This will vary according to type of materials to be graded and class enrollment.

D. Contact hours - The work spent in face-to-face, scheduled contacts with students in classes, laboratories, studio, lessons, library instruction, et

E. Administrative tasks - A variety of departmental or college-wide assignments, such as serving as department chair, conducting in-service programs, editing departmental brochures or web pages.

F. Research assistance – Providing assistance to students and faculty colleagues with their research projects and other interests, creating bibliographies and web pages to improve use of library and other resources, providing research material

G. Student advising - Work involved in advising an assigned number of students on their academic programs and related issue

H. Faculty committees - Service on faculty committees to which one is elected or appointed requires attendance and participation in scheduled meetings, background study and reading, and sometimes the preparation of position papers and special report

I. Faculty Meetings - Attendance is expected at the fall workshop, usually two days prior to the start of the fall semester, the January workshop, and at scheduled monthly meetings. In addition, ad hoc retreats, workshops, and special sessions may be scheduled occasionally throughout the year, where participation is strongly encouraged.