Appendix B:  UW-La Crosse Instructional Academic Staff Workload Policy

 

 

  1. Determination of individual, departmental, college and university workload and accountability for that determination:

a.       Individual workload is a collaborative decision determined by the department/department chair/program director.  Accountability for that determination shall rest with the department.

b.      Departmental workload is determined by the department and the academic dean.  Accountability for that determination shall rest with the academic dean(s).

c.       College workload is determined by the college dean and the provost/vice chancellor.  Accountability for that determination shall rest with the provost/vice chancellor, subject to review by the chancellor.

d.      Institutional workload is determined by the provost/vice chancellor and the chancellor.  Accountability for that determination shall rest with the provost/vice chancellor and the chancellor, subject to review by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the UW System.

 

  1. The expected “normal” workload for instructional academic staff:

For instructional academic staff, Total Workload is defined as a standard minimum teaching load plus additional workload equivalency activities.

 

Full-time instructional academic staff engaged in undergraduate instruction typically have a teaching load of 12 contact hours of group instruction per week.  Full-time instructional academic staff engaged in graduate instruction typically have a teaching load of 9 contact hours of group instruction per week.  The total workload for a full-time equivalency shall not exceed 15/16* contact hours (e.g., 12 contact hour teaching load plus up to 3 contact hours additional workload equivalency).  A total workload that exceeds the 15/16* contact hour maximum will constitute an overload for payroll purposes.  (*A total workload of 16 contact hours may be used in departments with even-numbered contact hour courses.)

 

Half-time instructional academic staff engaged in undergraduate instruction typically have a teaching load of 6 contact hours of group instruction per week.  The total workload for a half-time equivalency shall not exceed 8 contact hours (e.g., 6 contact hour teaching load plus up to 2 contact hours additional workload equivalency).

 

To fulfill the responsibilities of individual units and the mission of this institution, variations will occur in the composition of individual, departmental and college workloads.  Composition of workload varies among individual IAS members and departments, depending upon the number of students in classes, number and nature of course preparations required, the nature of instructional patterns (e.g. lecture, discussion, laboratory, clinical and/or field activity), the nature of the students (lower division, upper division, or graduate), the extent of other assigned responsibilities in non-instructional duties (e.g. program direction, lab preparation and/or coordination), scholarly activities, and/or service activities (such as committee assignments, academic advisement, or assistance with student activities and organizations, public service, community service and professional service).  Routine scholarly activity and/or service activity is required of some individual IAS members within their departments and colleges and is regarded as a normal component of IAS responsibility.  In other departments and colleges, scholarly activity and/or service activity is not expected of individual IAS members, but is supported and encouraged for advancement of the individual and the institution. 

 

 

    1. Teaching Load:

                                                               i.      Measurement:  IAS teaching load is defined as contact hours spent in classroom instruction.

                                                            ii.      Expectations:  IAS workload expectations in the area of teaching vary by college, department, and individual IAS member.  Expectations are determined by the department in consultation and agreement with the college dean.  The dean must justify department teaching workload expectations to the Provost/Vice Chancellor.

 

    1. Additional Workload Equivalency:

                                                              i.      Measurement:  Composition of additional workload equivalency varies among individual IAS members and departments.  It may include, but is not limited to, considerations dependent upon class size and course writing content, number and nature of course preparations required, the nature of instructional patterns (e.g., lecture, discussion, laboratory, distance learning, clinical and/or field activity), the nature of the students (lower division, upper division, or graduate), supervisory duties (e.g., student teachers, teaching assistants, undergraduate research, independent study, thesis supervision), the extent of other assigned responsibilities in non-instructional duties (e.g., program director, lab preparation and/or coordination), scholarly activities (professional development), service activities (e.g., committee assignments, academic advisement, or assistance with student activities and organizations, public service, community service and professional service) and/or additional contact hours of classroom teaching.

                                                            ii.      Expectations:  IAS workload expectations in the area of additional workload equivalency vary by college, department, and individual IAS member.  Expectations are determined by the department in consultation and agreement with the college dean.  The dean must justify departmental scholarly activity workload expectations to the Provost/Vice Chancellor.


 

 Appendix C:   Case studies of composite and individual workloads for various ranks of IAS service representing diverse departments and programs at UWL

 

The following IAS workload profiles are examples of current IAS Total Workload descriptions (1.0 FTE). These examples illustrate the extremely diverse nature of how IAS are utilized across campus and enforce the need for a broad workload policy that will:

1.      encompass all IAS (therefore standardize IAS workload across colleges);

2.      allow flexibility for individual variation in IAS workload description to meet the needs of each department;

3.      allow for the professionalization of IAS as a career option.

 

Definitions:

 

Teaching:  IAS provide formal classroom or laboratory instruction in an academic discipline, either independently or under the general supervision of a faculty member.  Effective classroom delivery, maintaining office hours, testing and grading are duties expected of IAS at all title ranks.  The degree of involvement in course and curriculum development and other unique teaching requirements differ significantly based on title prefix and departmental policy and are addressed in specific examples.

 

Service: The degree of involvement in advising and other service activities differ significantly based on title prefix and departmental policy and are addressed in specific examples.

·        Unless otherwise stated, Committees  refers to serving on departmental, college and/or university committees.

 

Professional Development:  Professional development activities are required in order that IAS remain current in his/her discipline.  These activities may also be required for certification and/or accreditation – either for the individual instructor or for an entire program.  PD activities may include, but are not limited to, attending workshops and/or conferences, literature review, etc.

·        The College of Business is unique in that its AACSB accreditation standards require that all IAS be Professionally Qualified (PQ).  Activities that meet PQ standards include professional development, research activities, and activities deemed sufficient to demonstrate currency in teaching area.

 

Scholarship:  Scholarship refers to any creative endeavor that results in original contributions to one’s discipline, is reviewed by one’s peers and whose results are widely distributed.  While scholarship is not required for the majority of IAS, it is a requirement in some departments.

 

Other:  This category addresses other unique responsibilities and/or requirements of an individual IAS.  These may be unique to an individual IAS or to all IAS in a given department.  Some of these responsibilities may include release time and are noted in the examples.

 

Individual/Composite:  The examples to follow have been flagged as individual or composite profiles.  Individual refers to a workload description unique to a specific IAS member of that department.  Composite refers to workload descriptions typical to all IAS of that title in a given department.