3.2.2 Faculty Duties and Workloads

A. Purpose

This document states the institutional policy concerning faculty workloads and responsibility. This policy implements The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 31006 and Texas Education Code, Section 51.402 (b). No part of this policy may be interpreted or implemented in a manner that is inconsistent with those Rules and Regulations or the Education Code.

B. Persons Affected

Faculty.

C. Definitions

Faculty is defined to include all academic ranks.

D. Policy and Procedures

In general, the duties of faculty members in The University of Texas System are summarized in Section 4 of Series 31004 Regents' Rules and Regulations:

  1. Teaching. Teach in the classroom, laboratory, seminar, or clinical setting.
  2. Research. Study, investigate, discover, created, and develop professionally.
  3. Administration. Perform curricular tasks auxiliary to teaching and research, e.g., serving on faculty committees, attending to administrative and disciplinary tasks, fostering intellectual curiosity and integrity in the student body.
  4. Contribution to Society. Use their professional expertise to benefit society

Performance as a teacher, as a scholar, as an administrator, and as an individual is valued greatly by any university, for in these four (4) ways its work is chiefly done.

All the above duties are inherent in decisions regarding the nature and life of the University and all are taken into account in the promotion, tenure, and salary levels of faculty members. However, the duties specified under Item (1) are a matter of special concern by the Board of Regents and the State Legislature, in large part because these duties provide the principal basis for the funding of the academic activities of U. T. Tyler. Therefore, the U. T. System enunciates a minimum faculty teaching requirement that quantifies the minimum faculty obligation for participation in the instructional effort.

No two institutions in the U. T. System (and, indeed, no two teaching units within a particular institution) are alike in the teaching load required of individual faculty to meet student needs within the funds appropriated by the Legislature. It is the right and responsibility of U. T. Tyler to require teaching in excess of the minimum where such teaching is necessary to meet the obligations to students and to operate effectively within the resources available to U. T. Tyler.

It is further the responsibility of every administrator and of the faculty of U. T. Tyler to ensure that all of the responsibilities noted in Items (2), (3) and (4) as quoted above are carried out and that those responsibilities are as fairly distributed among the members of the faculty as possible.

Teaching assistants shall be used only when given proper guidance and supervision to ensure quality instruction. The minimum faculty teaching load established below does not apply to graduate teaching assistants.

E. Responsibilities

  1. At the departmental level, department chairs shall have first responsibility for academic workload assignments for all individuals holding academic appointments in their respective departments/programs. The department chair shall approve these assignments, certify compliance with teaching workload policies and report to the dean or director.
  2. At the college or division level, the dean or director is responsible for instructional and other teaching workload assignments. The dean or division director shall approve these assignments, certify compliance with academic workload policies and report to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  3. Each college shall be held responsible for compliance with these academic workload requirements. This compliance shall be assessed every academic year. If a college is found to be out of compliance, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs shall take appropriate steps to address the noncompliance and to prevent such noncompliance in the future.

F. Review

The Divisional Head for this policy is the Provost. This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Faculty Senate.

ORIGINALLY APPROVED: 12/01/2001 

LAST AMENDED: 04/22/2009