Faculty Academic Workload

1.  Academic Teaching Workload

This policy is established to provide specific guidelines to the Texas A&M School of Public Health (SPH) regarding the minimum academic workload for faculty.

a)   Each full-time faculty member employed from instructional funds by SPH is expected to teach classes and to assume a reasonable workload of related activities that constitute a full-time load. Persons employed on a part-time basis from instructional funds are expected to assume a workload proportionate to the percentage of employment on these funds.

b)   The nature of full-time teaching load may vary within departments of the SPH because of differences in departmental missions, the nature of the instructional programs, clinical or professional service requirements, and research activities.  In all departments, faculty members are expected to engage in those commonly accepted duties that will enhance the teaching/learning process and the quality of the institution’s programs.  Recognized duties include classroom teaching, scholarly study, basic and applied research, clinical or professional service, professional development, student advising and counseling, course and curriculum development, continuing education, public service, assistance in the administration of the academic program, and similar academic activities.  These duties are inherent in the life and work of a faculty member and are taken into account in consideration of promotion, tenure, and salary.

2.   Evaluation of Teaching Loads

It is the responsibility of the Department Head in consultation with the SPH Dean and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to evaluate academic workloads and to insure that administrative practices exist for making maximum use of the institution’s resources in the conduct of instructional duties.  The Dean and department heads determine that each person employed for instructional purposes is carrying the minimum full-time equivalent load and that the academic duties within and among departments are assigned equitably.

3.   Teaching Load Standards

Each Texas A&M HSC component institution may establish standards for teaching loads to meet the instructional obligations of the system academic institution and its students, to operate efficiently within the range of resources available to the system academic institution, and to comply with the faculty workload guidelines and standard reports issued by the coordinating board.  The following minimum teaching workload standards for the SPH will apply:

a) The assignment of teaching loads is governed by Texas A&M University Rule 12.03.99.M1, Faculty Teaching Workload Reporting. This rule is compliant with System Policy 12.03, Faculty Academic Workload and Reporting Requirements, which in turn follows guidelines and requirements set forth in the Texas Education Code Section 51.402 (b). Please see Faculty Workload Accountability.

b)   Faculty teaching load may be reduced for a faculty member serving as departmental head or in other SPH administrative positions.  For administrators:  a minimum teaching load for graduate courses shall be three semester credit hours of normal classroom teaching per year or a minimum teaching load for undergraduate courses (if  applicable) shall be of six semester credit hours of normal classroom teaching per year.

c)   Adjustments of the amount of normal classroom teaching may be made with approval of the Dean to account for large class sizes; duplicate sections taught; laboratory, seminar, lecture, clinical, or field-type courses; availability of support services; situations where both graduate and undergraduate work (if applicable) are involved; courses which involve individualized instruction; and overload from the previous semester.  In addition, adjustments may be made based on research and professional service activities.  The teaching load for a faculty member may not exceed twelve semester credit hours per year for graduate programs and fifteen semester credit hours per year for undergraduate programs.      

OFFICE OF RESPONSIBILITY:

SPH Dean

SPH Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Also see:

Health Science Center Guideline 12.03.Z1.01 - Faculty Academic Workload

Texas A&M University System Policy 12.03 - Faculty Academic Workload and Reporting Requirements