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2.2. Workload Model for Teaching Faculty

The purpose of this model is to provide a common vocabulary to describe the varied work faculty members do as well as an agreed framework for discussions of that work. The model establishes some core standards, for instance that a typical semester-long, three-credit course ordinarily represents 10% of faculty effort for the academic year, and that all faculty must allocate at least 10% of their time to professional service activities essential to the life of the institution. The model also requires that each department establish, in writing, appropriate class sizes (equating to the 10% teaching effort) for the various courses taught; and, equivalencies for non-standard faculty activities (e.g., supervision of significant student research), be formally negotiated and  incorporated into  the  faculty assessment process. Likewise, disciplines with writing-intensive  courses,  laboratory  courses,  studio  and  field  experiences,  etc.,  or  with unusually  heavy  supervising  and  mentoring  responsibilities,  shall  establish  teaching  load equivalencies through the shared governance process on the basis of this model. The model does not dictate, or even favor, any particular mix of activities. That mix is for individual faculty members and their chairs to agree upon (with their dean’s approval) based on institutional needs and KSU’s shared governance process. But the application of the model’s core standards and the common vocabulary across campus should enable KSU to distribute faculty work more wisely and fairly, to assess it more accurately, and to reward it more appropriately.

The Workload Model and Shared Governance:
Each department and college will establish flexible guidelines as to expectations of faculty members in the following three faculty performance areas:

  • Teaching;
  • Research and Creative Activity (R/CA);
  • Professional Service;

These guidelines, as well as the individual Faculty Performance agreements negotiated under them, will be established through KSU’s shared governance process by bodies and officers detailed in the University Handbook under “Shared Governance.” Given that department review guidelines are most discipline-specific and are approved by deans and the Provost/VPAA as consistent with college and university standards, department guidelines are understood to be the primary basis for T&P decisions. As with other faculty-focused KSU policy documents, amendments to the university’s Workload Model are made by administrators and Faculty Senate working consultatively through the shared governance processes outlined in the University Handbook.

The Workload Model and Faculty Performance Agreement (See also Section 3.2 - Overview of Faculty Responsibilities.)

Each individual faculty member shall divide his/her professional efforts among the three faculty performance areas noted.  That  division  of  effort  will  be  reflected  in  a  Faculty  Performance Agreement  (FPA)  between  the  individual  faculty  member  and  the  university  (see  Faculty Handbook Section 3.7). Negotiation of individual FPAs allows for diversity across colleges and departments and, within departments, among individual faculty members.  Colleges and departments, in consultation with faculty stakeholders, determine which FPA combinations best suit their college and departmental objectives. FPAs may change from year to year and even from semester to semester as needs and opportunities change. Consistent with the university’s culture of shared governance, the details of an individual FPA are worked out in consultation between the chair and the faculty member and are subject to final approval by the dean. If the faculty member and the chair cannot reach agreement on the FPA, the dean will make the final determination.

Instructional Responsibilities 

Illustrative Examples of the Workload Model:
Some examples of possible FPA workload combinations appear below. The examples reflect various percentages of effort in the three faculty performance areas. The examples given are merely illustrative. Individual FPAs can vary almost infinitely, as agreed by the faculty member and chair and as approved by the dean.

SOME ILLUSTRATIVE WORKLOAD EXAMPLES*
*Actual FPA percentages for each faculty member will be negotiated with the department chair as part of annual review.

Teaching emphasis                                      % of Effort
4-4 course load Teaching................................................80
R/CA>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>................................10
Service............................................................................10
Total.............................................................................100

Teaching – Research/Creative Activity balance
3-3 course load Teaching................................................60
R/CA...............................................................................30
Service............................................................................10
Total.............................................................................100

Teaching – Service balance
3-3 course load Teaching................................................60
R/CA...............................................................................10
Service.............................................................................30
Total..............................................................................100

Research/Creativity Activity emphasis
2-2 course load Teaching................................................40
R/CA................................................................................50
Service...............................................................................10
Total...............................................................................100

Administration emphasis
Service.............................................................................70
R/CA...............................................................................10
Teaching..........................................................................20
Total...............................................................................100