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250.000 Workload

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250.100 Introduction

250.110 Professional Responsibility.

Professional activities such as instruction, scholarly research, creative activity, and outreach/service to the institution, the academic discipline, and the community shall be components of a Member's professional responsibility.

250.120 Definitions.

The following terms shall have the following meanings for purposes of Section 250.000:

250.121 Contact Hour.

"Contact Hour" means an hour of instructional contact with students per week. Fifty minutes of scheduled class shall constitute one (1) Contact Hour. For purposes of computation, laboratories, activity courses, team teaching, studio courses, individual instruction and student teaching and internship supervision shall be calculated using "departmental/collegiate" protocols. The Employer shall provide a written definition and prescription for use of each protocol. Annually, each Member shall be given a copy of such protocols, along with their definitions and prescriptions for use, which pertain to h/her work assignment.

250.122 Student Credit Hours.

"Student Credit Hours" or "SCH" means the number of course credits taught by the Member times the number of students who are enrolled in the course at the end of the second week of the term.

250.150 Instructional Assignment Limits.

No Member shall be assigned any instructional assignment within 12 hours of the conclusion of an assigned evening class. All assigned classes within a single day must fall within a 10 hour period. No Member shall be involuntarily assigned classes more than two nights per week. Any exceptions to the above shall be by agreement between the Principal Administrator and the Member(s) and the Principal Administrator shall forward a copy to the Association prior to the Member(s) commencing the assignment.

250.200 Instructional Workload for Regular Appointments.

250.210 Nine- and Twelve-Month Appointments.

250.211 Department/Program/Area Contact Hour Limit.

The annual Contact Hour load for each department/program/area shall average for the duration of this Agreement no more than the Department/Program/Area Limits, adjusted on a FYE faculty basis, given in Table 1.

250.212 Adjustments.

Members holding regular, full-time nine- or twelve-month appointments whose professional responsibilities include administrative responsibility or professional functions other than instruction, research, disciplined inquiry, or equivalent creative activities and routine service commitments shall have their instructional loads adjusted accordingly.

250.220 Nine-Month Appointments.

250.221 Individual Contact Hour Limit.

The normal Contact Hour limit for any individual full-time Member on a nine-month, regular appointment, without administrative responsibility or released time, shall be the Individual Limit given for h/her department/program/area in Table 1.

250.222 Contact Hour Limits.

 

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 Section 250.221 or 250.400, 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

(a) a future reduction in workload, equal to, at least the excess, or

(b) supplemental pay in accordance with Section 508.400 of this Agreement.

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.


 

Table 1: Contact Hour Limits

School of Fine Arts
  Individual Department/
Program/Area
Art-Studio
29
27
Art-History
21
19
Music
28
26
Theatre-Production 
36
34
Theatre-History
21
19
Lebovitz School of Business and Economics
  Individual Department/
Program/Area
Accounting
19
18
FMIS
19
18
MgtS
19
18
Economics
19
18
Marketing Studies
19
18
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  Individual Department/
Program/Area
Com Sci Dis-Clin 
46
40
Com Sci Dis-Academic
23
20
HPER
23
20
Education
23
20
Psychology
21
19
Social Work
20
18
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  Individual Department/
Program/Area
Biology
24
20
Chemical Eng
34
22
Chemistry and Biochemistry
24
20
Civil Engineering
28
22
Computer Science
24
20
Elec. & Computer Eng
30
26
Geological Sciences
28
22
Mechanical and Industrial Eng
28
22
Math & Stat
24
20
Physics
24
20
College of Liberal Arts
  Individual Department/
Program/Area
American Indian St
20
18
Communication
20
18
Composition
20
18
English
20
18
For Lang. & Lit
20
18
Geography
20
18
History
20
18
Philosophy
20
18
Pol Science
20
18
Soc/Anth
20
18
Women's Studies
20
18
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  Individual Department/
Program/Area
Supportive Services
20
18

250.223 Student Credit Hour Limit.

If the annual SCH generated in a nine-month Member's work assignment exceeds 1800 SCH, the Member shall be recognized for this additional workload by

  1. reduction of the Member's contact hour limit (This new limit shall be the Member's Departmental Contact Hour Limit reduced by 7.2 percent (7.2%) of the Member's Departmental Contact Hour Limit per 100 SCH in excess of 1800 SCH/year.), or,
  2. supplemental pay in accordance with Section 508.400 of this Agreement, (The compensation for each 67 SCH in excess of 1800 SCH per year shall be that which the Member would receive for teaching one (1) credit in Continuing Education pursuant to Section 508.400 of this Agreement.)

If the annual SCH total generated in a nine-month Member's work assignment is greater than 1800 but less than 1900, the Member's Principal Administrator shall decide which of (a) or (b), above, shall be applicable. If the total is equal to or greater than 1900 the Member and the Principal Administrator shall agree upon (a) or (b) above.

250.230 Twelve-Month Appointments.

Members who hold full-time, twelve-month, regular appointments shall be assigned annual instructional workloads which are no more than twenty-two percent greater than the corresponding nine-month instructional load.

250.300 Instructional Workload for Non-Regular Appointments.

The normal Contact Hour Limit and Student Credit Hour Limit for full-time Members on non-regular 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 and Student Credit Hour Limit specified for nine- or twelve-month, regular appointees in Sections 250.221 and 250.230.

250.350 Instructional Workload for Part-Time Appointments.

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.

250.400 Instructional Workload Associated With Modified Criteria For Performance Evaluation.

A full-time Member on a regular appointment and h/her Principal Administrator may agree upon a workload assignment which would exceed the Student Credit Hour Limit and/or Contact Hour Limit specified in 250.222, 250.223 and 250.230. 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 Principal Administrator. The Member's and Principal Administrator's agreement shall be in writing and a copy of this agreement shall be supplied by the Principal Administrator to the Member and to the Association. Contact Hour and Student Credit Hour Limits agreed to under this Section shall not exceed by more than fifty percent those specified in 250.222, 250.223, and 250.230.