The Division Chair and faculty of the division must insure that the proper courses are being offered. Small classes (fewer than 10 students) shall be reviewed each term and, if necessary for reasons of economy, canceled.
Although instructional load is the major component of faculty duties, evaluation of a faculty member includes assessment of performance under categories listed under Faculty Responsibilities and Ethics. (pp. 16-18 supra.)
The normal instructional load for the Fall and Spring trimesters is 12 credit hours. Eight credit hours is the normal load for the ten-week summer session. For lecture courses, each hour per week in class generates 1 credit hour of load.
State Regents’ standards require 800 minutes of instruction per semester per credit hour awarded. Because the trimester system at USAO effectively comprises approximately 14 weeks of instruction, classes are scheduled to meet for a full 60-minute hour to satisfy State Regents’ requirements. Faculty are responsible for productive use of the entire 60-minute hour.
Non-lecture instruction will be given teaching load credit as follows:
Music: Applied study receives 2⁄3 hour credit for every clock hour of instruction.
Art: Studio art instruction receives 2⁄3 hour credit for every contact hour of instruction.
Science: Laboratory instruction receives 2⁄3 hour credit for every clock hour of instruction.
Education: Supervision of student teachers will be determined by multiplying the total number of student teachers being supervised by 2⁄3.
The Chair of each division in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs will apply the formula for each non-lecture instruction period in the division.
In courses in which there are multiple instructors assigned or any other special cases, the credit toward the teaching load will be worked out in a conference between the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Division Chair.
Unless otherwise specified, faculty assigned to teaching teams in courses in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, or in other special instances which have the approval of the Division Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, shall be given full teaching load credit.
During the Independent Study term the instructor will supervise no fewer than ten and no more than 25 students. Under certain conditions, exceptions to this rule may be made with the approval of the Division Chair and Vice President for Academic Affairs.