SECTION 300 - ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
301.01 FACULTY WORKLOAD
The normal workload (not to be confused with teaching load) for full-time (tenured, tenure-track) faculty at Georgia Perimeter College includes responsibilities of teaching, academic advising, service to the College, scholarship, professional development, and professional service to the community.
The College recognizes that teaching extends beyond the actual contact hours in the classroom and includes, but is not limited to, the following activities: instructional preparation and delivery; course design; adaptation and development of course materials; evaluation of and feedback to students; outcomes assessment and program review; and development of curricula.
Full-time faculty will deliver 27-32 semester workload units of instruction and teach a minimum of 8 courses during the academic year.
For most faculty members, the workload units will correspond exactly to the number of semester credit hours designated for the courses that the faculty member teaches. In some disciplines, the workload units will be determined by a formula that factors in semester credit hours and contact hours.
Although the faculty workload for teaching is calculated for the academic year, this workload may not always be evenly distributed between the fall and spring semesters. When an uneven distribution occurs, the workloads for the fall and spring semester will be adjusted to achieve the required workload for the academic year.
Faculty members on term-to-term contracts or year-to-year contracts will divide their workload evenly between the two semesters when possible. When an even distribution of the workload is not possible, the heavier workload will be assigned during the first semester of employment.
Contact hours are factored into the workload unit formula for faculty members who teach science, physical education, nursing, dental hygiene and fine arts.
For faculty members who teach science and physical education, one contact hour equals one workload unit. For example, a three-hour science lab will count as three workload units.
For faculty members who teach dental hygiene and nursing, average semester workload should be 205-255 contact hours.
For faculty members who teach courses in the Fine Arts, such as studio art courses, drama production courses, theater workshops, or applied music courses, three contact hours equal two workload units.
The Department Chair will (when possible) attempt to accommodate faculty schedule requests, but it is the primary responsibility of the Chair to create course schedules that meet the needs of the department and the college.
Since the typical annual faculty workload will be in the range of 27-32 semester credit hours with eight or nine 3- and/or 4-hour courses constituting that workload, an overload course will be defined as a ninth or tenth course, depending on the number of courses the faculty member teaches during the academic year. Those faculty members teaching nine 3-hour courses would have the tenth course as the overload. Those faculty members teaching eight 4-hour courses would have a ninth course as the overload course. Those faculty teaching mixtures of 3- and 4-hour courses to make their load must at a minimum teach eight courses, with a minimum total of 27 hours before a subsequent course would be paid on an overload basis. The Vice President for Educational Affairs will define on a case-by-case basis the overload responsibilities for those departments, such as Fine Arts, Science, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Physical Education that have unique workload formulas.
Professional growth and development activities include but are not limited to publication or scholarship or research appropriate to the faculty member's academic expertise; presentations appropriate to the faculty member's academic/artistic expertise; artistic production, performance, or composition; contributions made to one's area of academic expertise in the popular media; grant development and procurement; participation and attendance at professional conferences; seminars, workshops, exhibitions and competitions; and further educational and intellectual development.
Service to the institution includes, but is not limited to, service on committees, involvement with faculty governance; advising student organizations; planning educational and intellectual activities; participation in non-mandatory college activities; administrative roles; and special projects for the College and community at large.
Approved by CET/February 27, 2002
Revised: Faculty Workload Committee/April 2, 2003 with recommended Addendum-Exceptions to Workload Policy
Revised by AAPC -
Revised and approved by CET –
Revised: 2005-06 Faculty Workload Task Force
Approved by President – May 2006