3.2.3 Minimum Faculty Teaching Load

A. Purpose

This document states the institutional policy concerning faculty teaching responsibilities.

B. Persons Affected

Full-time faculty.

C. Definitions

Not applicable.

D. Policy and Procedures

Each person paid full time from the appropriations item "Faculty Salaries" shall teach a minimum load equivalent to of 18 semester credit hours of instruction in organized undergraduate classes each academic year with adjustments permitted for the teaching load equivalencies listed below. Non-tenure track instructors/lecturers shall teach a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of undergraduate classes each academic year with allowed adjustments and equivalencies.

  1. Adjustments.
    1. One (1) semester credit hour of graduate instruction is equal to one and one-half (1-1/2) semester credit hours of undergraduate instruction.
    2. Instruction of regularly scheduled laboratory and clinical courses, physical activity courses, studio art, studio music instruction, and primary music performance organizations such as ensembles and marching bands shall provide teaching load credit at the rate of one (1) semester hour of teaching load credit for each one and one-half (1-1/2) contact hours of instruction per week per long term semester.
    3. Supervision of student teachers, clinical supervision, and intern supervision, shall be credited such that twelve (12) total student semester credit hours taught is equivalent to one (1) semester credit hour of teaching load credit.
    4. Supervision of student practicum and individual instruction courses such as honors programs and individual research projects shall provide teaching load credit at the rate of one-tenth (1/10) semester hour of teaching load credit for each student semester hour of undergraduate instruction and one-fifth (1/5) semester hour of teaching load credit for each student semester hour of graduate instruction per long-term semester. In no case will individual instruction in a single course generate more teaching load credits than if the course were taught as a regularly scheduled, organized course.
    5. Supervision of graduate thesis is provided teaching load credit only to the chair of the thesis or dissertation committee and at the rate of one semester hour of teaching load credit for each six (6) total student semester hours of thesis research credit and at the rate of one (1) semester hour of teaching load credit for each three (3) total student semester hours of dissertation credit.
    6. A faculty member who coordinates several sections of a single course shall be given one (1) semester hour of teaching load credit for each six (6) sections coordinated up to a maximum of three (3) semester hours of teaching load credit.
    7. Credit may be proportionally increased for teaching a large class, which requires extensive grading or evaluation of students' work by the faculty member, according to the following weight factors:
       Class Size Weight Factor 
       59 or less 1.0
       60-69 1.1
       70-79 1.2 
       80-89 1.3 
       90-99 1.4 
       100-124 1.5 
       125-149 1.6 
       150-174 1.7 
       175-199 1.8 
       200-249 1.9 
       250 or more 2.0 
    8. Credit for teaching may be granted for a faculty member who is head of a department or head of a comparable administrative unit up to a maximum of six semester hours of teaching load credit. When justified by department/unit head and approved by the Provost, an additional three hours of teaching load credit may be given to faculty members who provide nonteaching academic services to the unit head, but in no case will the total for departmental administration, including the head, exceed nine (9) teaching load credits.
    9. At the discretion of the head of the department or comparable unit, and upon approval of the Provost, up to three (3) semester hours of teaching load credit may be given for each of two (2) semesters to newly-appointed faculty members during the first year of employment for the purpose of developing instructional materials for the courses he or she will teach.
    10. When more than one faculty member participates in the instruction in a single course, the teaching load credit is proportioned according to the effort expended. Also, when a faculty member is paid partially from a source of funds other than the "Faculty Salaries" line item, the minimum teaching workload shall be proportioned to the percentage of salary paid from the appropriations item "Faculty Salaries".
  2. Exceptions.
    1. A reduced teaching load may be granted temporarily if classes do not materialize because of insufficient enrollment and when additional classes cannot be assigned to the faculty member. This exception may be granted for only two (2) consecutive long term semesters for any particular faculty member.
    2. Limited faculty teaching load credit may be granted by the President with approval of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for major academic advising responsibilities, for preparing major documents in the fulfillment of programmatic needs or accreditation requirements, or for duties performed in the best interest of the institution's instructional programs. Teaching load credit granted for such purposes is limited to 1% of the total semester credit hours taught at UT Tyler during the comparable (fall or spring) semester in the previous year.

E. Responsibilities

  1. At the departmental level, department chairs shall be responsible 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: 04/15/2016