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The maximum teaching load for any individual full-time Member on a nine-month, regular appointment, without administrative responsibility or released time shall be 24 credit hours or 32 contact hours per academic year. Faculty with a strong research program may apply for a reduced teaching load. Faculty proposals for such reductions must meet established criteria, be recommended by their department heads, and be approved by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. The University shall grant a minimum aggregate reduction of 24 credit hours per academic year based on approved applications. Preference will be given to tenure track faculty.
Any instructional workload assignment which would cause a nine-month Member’s instructional Contact Hour load, totaled over the academic year, to exceed the limit specified in this Section or the Instructional Workload Associated With Modified Criteria For Performance Evaluation Section, whichever limit is applicable, shall be made only with the consent of the Member and after notification of the Association. In such cases, the Member shall be recognized for these additional duties by:
Members who hold full-time, ten-month, regular appointments shall be assigned annual instructional workloads which are no more than three (3) credits greater than the corresponding nine-month instructional load.
Members who hold full-time, twelve-month, regular appointments shall be assigned annual instructional workloads which are no more than twenty-five percent greater than the corresponding nine-month instructional load.
Voluntary acceptance of students into “independent study” types of courses does not provide a basis for a claim that workload limits have been exceeded. Apparent overloads due to these reasons shall not be recognized, either for future reduction in workload or supplemental pay.
The normal Credit/Contact Hour limit for full-time Members on Term appointments that carry no requirement for research or scholarly activity except that necessary for preparation and delivery of courses shall not exceed by more than fifty percent the normal individual Contact Hour Limit specified for nine- or twelve-month, regular appointees in this Section.
Members holding part-time, twelve- or nine-month appointments shall have their instructional load limits adjusted in proportion to the percentage specified in their respective appointments.
A full-time Member on a regular appointment and h/her Department Head may agree upon a workload assignment which would exceed the Contact Hour Limit specified in this Section. The Member would be recognized for these additional duties by use of modified criteria for performance evaluation for annual merit adjustment as jointly agreed upon by the Member and the Department Head. The Member’s and Department Head agreement shall be in writing and a copy of this agreement shall be supplied by the Department Head to the Member and to the Association. Contact Hour agreed to under this Article shall not exceed by more than fifty percent those specified in Contact Hour Limits section and 12- Month Appointments section.