ERIC Number: ED051791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
The Faculty Work Load -- Alternate Methods of Evaluation.
Williams, Robert L.
This paper is primarily based upon an analysis of faculty workload at several midwestern universities. A faculty member's total workload consists of three different assignments: teaching, research, and public service. The average faculty member spends from 50 to 55 hours each week in these pursuits. The time spent in teaching is usually expressed in terms of contact hours and credit hours which, in turn, are controlled by three factors: (1) the class level of the student; (2) the accustomed or accepted methods of teaching; and (3) the nature of the subject matter. In addition, in assessing teaching loads it is also necessary to have information on: (1) the number of contact hours per week taught in each school according to the academic trade of the faculty member; and (2) the teaching load based on the full-time equivalent faculty position. The teaching load of the research professor should be assessed on an individual basis. Other measures used in consideration of faculty workload discussed in this paper are: teacher-student ratio, class size, and student credit hours per full-time equivalent faculty. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.