Section: 3-Faculty
Policy No: 10
Approved: 10/09/98
Revised: 05/02/03
Revised: 01/23/12



(Reference Workload Model)

  1. Workload Definitions:

    1. Workload: The annual teaching obligation of all members of the full-time faculty. Dixie State College faculty workload has been set by the Utah Board of Regents at 27 credit hours or the equivalent each academic year. Typically the 27 credits are divided as follows: 15 credits in Fall semester and 12 credits in Spring semester. This annual responsibility may be fulfilled through a variety of duties. Workload for part-time faculty will be determined proportionally. (Refer to Faculty Workload Model.)

      1. With the assistance of the department chairs and associate deans as appropriate, the academic dean makes all academic assignments.

        1. The department chair and dean are responsible to evaluate the credentials of all persons teaching within their disciplines. If in the department chairís opinion no qualified instructor is available, the instruction will not be offered.

    2. As described in Policy 3.4, Faculty Responsibilities and Academic Freedom, faculty workload shall consist of both instructional and other duties, which shall include but not be limited to holding office hours per policy; serving on committees; student advisement; participating in department, division, institutional, and state-wide meetings and training sessions; curriculum development; program review; accreditation activities; commencement ceremonies; maintaining professional competencies; and being available to students and colleagues to conduct college business.

    3. The Faculty Workload Model contains equivalency definitions and workload formulae. These definitions and formulae will account for such variables as class size, the nature of the instruction, laboratory or clinical contact time, artistic performance responsibilities, reassigned time for administrative duties, and other factors determined relevant by the committee. The Model also details credit equivalencies for ongoing faculty reassignments.

    4. Summer Semester: Faculty members with full-time appointments may receive a separate summer semester contract limited to no more than 12 credits workload. Exceptions are subject to the approval of the Vice President Academic Services. Summer-only appointments may be made.

  2. Overload:

    1. When a contracted faculty member teaches more than the disciplinary distribution of workload in a semester, the faculty member shall be compensated with an overload contract at current adjunct faculty rates.

    2. No full-time faculty member shall be obligated to teach more than the disciplinary distribution of workload in a semester.

    3. When all faculty base salaries remain within 10% of equity benchmarks, each faculty memberís overload shall be limited to one (1) course with a maximum of five (5) credits per academic year. When all faculty base salaries are not within 10% of equity benchmarks, each faculty memberís overload shall be limited to two (2) courses with a maximum of 10 credits per academic year. Exceptions to overload limits are subject to the written approval of the Vice President Academic Services.

  3. Procedure:

    1. Workload equivalency and appropriateness of workload will be determined through the following procedure:

      1. Any academic entity (individual, program, department, etc.) may propose changes to the ďFaculty Workload ModelĒ by submitting proposed changes in writing to the chair of the workload committee.

      2. The Faculty Workload Committee shall be comprised of representative faculty with the deans rotating as chair. The committee shall ensure that workload assignments are equivalent across campus and appropriate in all academic disciplines, including processing requests for additions and revisions to the Workload Model.

        1. Faculty representation on the Faculty Workload Committee shall consist of a minimum of nine (9) tenured faculty members elected by the regular faculty for three-year terms. One-third of the faculty terms shall expire each year. Committee members may be reelected and succeed themselves as representatives.

        2. The Faculty Senate shall establish and maintain procedures to ensure equitable faculty representation on the Faculty Workload Committee of academic departments, divisions, and schools across campus. Faculty elected to this committee shall represent all schools and divisions, with no two faculty from the same department serving concurrently.

        3. If a proposed workload change primarily affects one academic entity, the department chair responsible for that area will serve as ad hoc member of the workload committee, voting only about the workload issue directly involving his/her department.

        4. Each department chair or equivalent is responsible for conducting an annual review of all elements of the Workload Model that apply to his/her area of responsibility to ensure currency, fairness, and accuracy, and shall propose corrections or additions as needed.

    2. The Faculty Workload Committee shall make recommendations regarding changes to the Faculty Workload Model to the Dean's Advisory Council, after which the revised Faculty Workload Model will be sent to Academic Council for approval.

    3. Changes to the Faculty Workload Model may be implemented at the beginning of each semester, but only after the revised Faculty Workload Model has been approved by College Council.