ERIC Number: ED245599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-9
Reference Count: 0
Quantitative Assessment of Faculty Workloads. ASHE 1984 Annual Meeting Paper.
Shull, H. Eugene
A system of measuring faculty workloads consistently and objectively has been devised and successfully applied at Pennsylvania State University's Behrend College. Its value is greatest in assessing and balancing the diverse faculty assignments within interdisciplinary and heterogeneous administrative units. It permits a legitimate comparison of the staffing of those units with that of the more conventional department. The approach, which is a point system for measuring workload, is also effectively used with administrative computers. The point system applies points to course assignments, taking into account factors such as repeated sections, large enrollments, and team teaching. One assumption is that the total instructional workload consists of three elements: time spent in preparing and grading lectures and exams, time spent in the classroom, and time spent in the laboratory or practicum. Additional assumptions are that faculty preparation/grading time spent outside of the classroom or practicum is related primarily to student credit hours; and the total measured workload is related to a consensus full-time load. Examples of calculating the instructional workload are included. One purpose of the point system is that it enhances a computerized display of the workload assignments. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Pennsylvania State University Behrend College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 12-14, 1984).