College Faculty Workloads

Faculty workloads regarding teaching are assessed in the various colleges through different models of credit hours and contact hours as follows:

College of Business: The COB uses a responsibility portfolio system in establishing each faculty member's work load.  Information on the portfolio system is available to all COB faculty in the COB's on-line policy manual. Portfolio selection decisions are made by individual faculty, subject to the approval of their department chair and the dean.  Academic year teaching loads are nine sections in the teaching portfolio, seven sections in the balanced portfolio, and six sections in the scholarship portfolio. Scholarship expectations also vary between portfolios. Service expectations are constant.  Faculty accepting certain time consuming assignments receive teaching load reductions.


CAST: Engineering Technology faculty typically teach two 4-credit courses per quarter; most courses, however, break into two lab sections of 2-3 hours per week beyond the lecture hours, so that the faculty member's contact time with students is 12-16 hours per week. Other units in CAST typically have faculty teaching three 4-credit courses per quarter.


CIAS: Standard teaching load is twelve credits per quarter in variable combinations: lecture credits = faculty contact hours; studio credits are one half of faculty contact hours. Faculty contact hours therefore are typically around 18 hours per week, but could be as high as 24 contact hours per week.  Individual faculty expectations for teaching, scholarship, and service are determined through annual plans of work in accordance with RIT Policy E7.0.


GCCIS: All the faculty in the college are subject to the same workload.  A portfolio system was implemented two years ago with the following types of portfolios: 
Educator:  Faculty members selecting this portfolio recognizes teaching as their primary activity, and can expect to be evaluated on such.  Faculty choosing this portfolio will teach nine (9) courses per year.  These faculty are still expected to meet the minimum scholarship requirements.  This portfolio is not available to non-tenured faculty.
Blended: Faculty members selecting this portfolio recognizes their responsibilities as a blend between teaching and scholarship and professional activities.  Faculty choosing this portfolio will teach seven (7) courses.  In addition to the minimum scholarship requirements , faculty choosing this portfolio must propose and document several activities in justification for the reduced responsibility of teaching.  Such justification should be evident in the plan of work and self-evaluation documents prepared by the faculty member, and will be reviewed yearly by the department chair.
Researcher: A faculty member selecting this portfolio is primarily focused on research.  Faculty choosing this portfolio will teach between three (3) and five (5) courses in consultation with the department chair.  These faculty members are expected to help the College justify their reduced load through the acquisition of significant external funding, covering both their costs and the costs of their students.  These faculty members will have a significantly higher expectation set regarding the number of disseminating activities or a higher level of peer-review for their disseminating activities.  It is expected that faculty will not be hired directly into this portfolio on a regular basis, except in support of the PhD program.
NOTE: While the courseloads for these portfolios are set at nine, seven, and five courses per year respectively, it is always the case that a further reduction can be negotiated with the department chair. This applies to funded projects and research regardless of the source of the funds as well as unfunded activities.     


KGCOE: Faculty typically teach two 4-credit courses per term.  Many courses have non-credit lab sections which the faculty members supervise for 1-4 hours per week in addition to the 3 to 4 lecture hours.  The typical enrollment in core undergraduate courses is between 35 and 45 students; thus courses with labs often require multiple lab sections. Total class contact hours for Engineering faculty average between 10 and 12 hours per  week.

Furthermore, all students in the KGCOE must do a capstone design project mentored by a faculty member.  Typically there are approximately 60 to 80 capstone projects done each year with teams comprised of 4 to 6 students.  This averages to at least one senior project per instructional faculty member.  Mentorship of capstone projects require two to four hours per week for at least two terms (as the design course spans two terms). 

With approximately 2000 undergraduates and 80 faculty (including those who are buying out from teaching through grants and contracts), the faculty of the KGCOE also has a significant advising role, with each faculty member averaging 25 undergraduate advisees. 

All departments in the KGCOE have Masters programs, with independent projects or theses required for the degree.  The KGCOE averages 4.6 Masters students per faculty member, and graduate student theses committees typically are comprised of three faculty members.  Thus, a KGCOE faculty member may be the primary advisor for 4 to 5 graduate students, while serving on the thesis committee of 8 to 10 more students at any one time.

The information above helps to define the average work load for a KGCOE faculty member.  But individual assignments can vary significantly, based in part on the extent to which the individual is contributing to the research mission of the college, the individual's particular skills in student advising and the like.  Load balancing is done not only through a balance between teaching and research, but also through the selection of course assignments, such as elective versus core courses, multiple course assignments versus multiple sections of the same course, etc.  Some faculty mentor multiple senior design projects or advise a higher than average number of Masters students, while others are given equivalent work load assignments in other areas.


Liberal Arts: Faculty typically teach three 4-credit sections per quarter, consisting of 12 contact hours.  Instead of teaching the three courses per quarter, faculty may choose to teach one double section of a course plus a single section of another course.  New faculty on tenure track have reduced teaching loads (two course per quarter) for their first two years.  The College is moving towards a standard teaching load of a total of seven courses per academic year with corresponding increased scholarship expectations.


NTID: Faculty workload at NTID is based on an  allocation of effort metric of:  60%-70% of effort devoted to primary area of responsibility and 30%-40% to professional activities, scholarship and service.   Within this metric, faculty workload is  normally 20-22 student contact hours per week, which includes posted office hours.  Because of the nature of faculty work at NTID (teaching faculty, counseling faculty; audiology/speech language faculty; research faculty, and support faculty) workload can be comprised of  instruction; clinical services; tutoring; and/or advising.  As a rule, however, instructional workload guidelines require: lecture only= 12-16 hours;   lab/studio=14-18 contact hours; lecture/lab/studio combination: 12-15 hours and tutoring (alone or in combination with other responsibilities)=15-22 contact hours.  Research faculty teach 9-12 contact hours a year.


Science: The standard workload is 12 credits hours per quarter in a combination of lecture and for-credit labs.  Reductions in credit hours are provided for funded research, precursor activities in both teaching and research, and graduate student mentoring and supervision.



All tenured or tenure-track faculty do undergraduate teaching in all colleges.

The Deans do NOT encourage the establishment of an Institute-wide
teaching workload model due to the variance in the nature of teaching
assignments among the colleges; they do encourage a leveling of workload expectations.


from Provost McKenzie 11/14/05