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University of Maryland, College Park Policy on Full-time Faculty Workload

Consolidated USM and UMD Policies and Procedures

II-1.25(A) UMCP Policy on Full-Time Faculty Workload

Approved by the President, November 21, 1994

At the University of Maryland at College Park, full-time appointments at faculty ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor carry with them the basic requirements that faculty members will be engaged regularly and effectively in undergraduate and graduate teaching and advisement, engaged in high quality research, scholarship and creative activity, and will be committed to service in the interests of the University, the profession, and the community. It is recognized that the status of College Park as a major research university and the Flagship campus of the University of Maryland System requires that, in determining the balance among teaching and advisement, research, scholarship and creative activity, and service, College Park departments and colleges may utilize the standards employed by peer departments and colleges of other major universities. When such standards lead to a departmental variation from the campus standard workload, this variation shall be approved by the President.

It is the purpose of this policy to optimize faculty performance in meeting the needs and expectations of students and other clienteles. Presuming that a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member meets basic requirements associated with research, scholarship and creative activity, and service, the general standard expectation is that such a faculty member will engage in teaching and advising activities equivalent to five course units (as defined in the Board of Regents policy) per contract year. Teaching activities include, but are not limited to the following: offering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; offering or supervising course related discussion sections or laboratories; supervising independent study by undergraduate and graduate students; supervising internships and practica; directing undergraduate and graduate theses; serving in undergraduate and graduate thesis committees; serving in undergraduate and graduate examining committees; preparing undergraduate and graduate students for examinations; participating in undergraduate and graduate reading groups; participating in continuing education as a regular course instructor, extension instructor, or outreach program provider; developing courses or course materials; and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in their performance of instruction or research. Advising activities include, but are not limited to the following: curricular advising of undergraduate and graduate students; undergraduate advising regarding future graduate study; graduate advising regarding future graduate and post-graduate study; and undergraduate and graduate career advising.

It is recognized that faculty members may frequently demonstrate substantial commitments of time and effort to advisement activities, research, scholarship and creative activities, or service activities that are beyond those contemplated in the basic requirements associated with full-time faculty appointments. In such circumstances, teaching expectations of individual faculty members may be reduced according to standards for measurement of faculty teaching and advisement, research, scholarship and creative activity, and service. These standards shall be established by the Colleges in consultation with their departments or units and upon approval by the President. Notwithstanding any provision of this policy, however, full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty appointees at the Departmental level shall not engage in teaching activities equivalent to less than one course unit per contract year, except in individual cases of an extraordinary nature that are authorized in writing by the President. Administrators above the Departmental level holding faculty rank are expected to maintain currency of contact with students through specific participation in some aspect(s) of the educational mission.

For the purposes of this policy, research, scholarship and creative activities include, but are not limited to the following: conducting experiments and investigations; writing books and articles; directing or participating in sponsored research; making presentations at professional conferences; preparing research proposals; producing works of art or architecture; presenting recitals and performances; and maintaining disciplinary expertise.

Service includes, but is not limited to the following: serving as a full- or part-time academic administrator for the University, a college, or a department; service in University, college, and departmental councils, committees, and advisory boards; supervising or managing departmental academic programs, advisement, personnel, space, and budget; managing sponsored research; directing a center or institute; serving as a reviewer of academic units, programs, administrators, or peers within or outside the University; serving as an editor or referee for a press, publication series, or professional journal; providing clinical care; serving as an officer or committee member in a professional organization; organizing professional conferences or colloquia; and serving as an advisor to public and private organizations at the local, state, national, or international level.

The workload performance of each faculty member will be considered as part of the annual review of faculty conducted by the Departments and all faculty promotion and tenure and merit-pay decisions. Workloads for full-time non-tenure track faculty will be established according to Departmental policy in conformance with the University of Maryland System policy.