ERIC Number: ED200291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Faculty Workload: Full-Time Faculty Lecture Hour Workload in the Contiguous Forty-Eight States. Management Report, Series No. 24.
Romoser, Richard C.; And Others
A telephone survey was conducted to determine the number of lecture hours per week assigned by public two-year colleges as a normal full-time faculty workload. Telephone calls were made to the Academic Collective Bargaining Information Service, to the state administrators for two-year colleges, and to the chief academic offices of individual colleges. More than 70 officers cooperated in this study, providing information on 767 institutions. Workload information was gathered for all but four exceptional instructional situations: writing classes or other courses in which faculty were allowed exceptional amounts of time to devote to the evaluation of students' work; large classes for which special workload arrangements were made; classes in which unusual instructional strategies (e.g., computer-assisted instruction) required special workload allowances; and courses in which special workload arrangements were made because of team-teaching assignments. The survey revealed that of the 767 colleges, 702 assigned 15 lecture hours per week as the normal workload. Only 19 institutions assigned less than 15 hours, and only 39 colleges assigned normal workloads of more than 15 hours. The survey report discusses the rationale for choosing lecture hours, as opposed to other measurements, for use as a frame of reference in quantifying faculty productivity. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cuyahoga Community Coll., Cleveland, OH.