Chapter 2 - Faculty and Academics
Publication Date: July 8, 2009
Responsible Executive: VP for Academic Affairs
2.14 Faculty Workload and Minimum Faculty Teaching Requirement
The intent of this policy is to ensure that the instructional needs of students are met.
State law requires the Board of Regents to adopt rules concerning faculty academic workloads. Texas Education Code Section 51.402 recognizes that important elements of workload include classroom teaching, basic and applied research, and professional development. Workload for the faculty members of the institutions of the University of Texas System (UT System) is expressed in terms of classroom teaching, teaching equivalencies, and presidential credits for assigned activities in accordance with the UT System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 30000, Rule 31006 (“Academic Workload Requirements”). Minimum teaching requirements for each person paid full time from the appropriations item "Faculty Salaries" will accord with Regents’ Rule Series, 30000, Rule 31006.
This policy sets the minimum workload and equivalencies only; academic units may set more intensive and/or more detailed minimum requirements. There are certain activities and conditions that shape workload policy within each academic unit. Those include but are not limited to:
- source of funding,
- faculty supervision of teaching assistants,
- institutional requirements,
- graduate instruction,
- thesis or dissertation supervision,
- coordination of courses,
- lab courses,
- honors program participation,
- large classes,
- proportional credit,
- insufficient enrollment,
- administrative services,
- new faculty,
- student needs,
- and course development.
Implementation and certification of faculty workload is the responsibility of the Department Chair in consultation with the Dean and in accordance with the academic mission and workload policy of the department and college.