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Office of Academic & Student Affairs
Workload Assignment Policy

Rev 8/91

The following equivalencies are established pursuant to Section 3.1.3.1. of the contract between the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Chapter, American Association of University Professors. These equivalencies are to be utilized in determining the scheduled workload assignments of individual unit members.

Scheduled assignments do not encompass all responsibilities of unit members. Section 3.2 of the above-referenced contract refers to additional areas of academic responsibility. Although unscheduled, these responsibilities are an integral part of the expectations for all unit members.

  1. Instructional Equivalencies
  2. Section 3.1.3.1 establishes a full workload in terms of undergraduate lecture instruction. The equivalencies that follow establish weightings for other instructional methodologies. The following terms are used in these equivalencies:

    Instructional methodologies:
    A classification system used to categorize all course offerings of the institution. All course offerings currently are identified as belonging to one of five categories: lecture/discussion/seminar instruction, laboratory instruction, supervision of student teaching, supervision of practica/independent study/thesis, or applied music. Each college will develop a master list indicating the credit hours and workload hours for each course. Copies of this master list will be filed with the OAA and the Office of Institutional Research.

    Credit hour:
    A credit hour is a unit of instruction specified for a course in the University course catalog and class schedule.

    Contact hour:
    A weekly 50-minute scheduled class meeting is counted as one contact hour. Contact hours are determined by the records maintained by the Office of Institutional Research.

    Workload hour:
    A measure of a faculty member's scheduled work assignment. The normal scheduled assignment for a full-time faculty member is twelve (12) workload hours for each semester of the academic year.

    1. Credit for undergraduate and graduate

      LECTURE/DISCUSSION/SEMINAR classes will be computed as one hour of workload hour credit for one credit hour of instruction as the instructor of record, except for those cases in which contact hours are less than credit hours. In this latter case, contact hours shall be utilized in determining workload hours. When more than one person is officially assigned as instructor of record, the workload hours will be divided among the instructors proportionate to the contributions of each. In no case may the total workload hours exceed the credit hours for the class.

    2. Workload credit for undergraduate and graduate

      LABORATORY INSTRUCTION will normally be computed as 67% of the number of scheduled contact hours (rounded to the nearest whole number). SCHEDULED CONTACT HOURS FOR ALL LABORATORY AND ACTIVITY CLASS-ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE TOTALLED BEFORE APPLICATION OF THE WEIGHTING FACTOR AND ROUNDING.

      Workload assignments for multiple section laboratories may be based upon formulas recommended by the department chairperson and approved by the Dean, provided that the weighting may not exceed 67% of the scheduled contact hours.

      The following laboratory instruction situations have unique weightings:

      1. Faculty coordination of undergraduate laboratories to which teaching assistants have been assigned is computed according to the following schedule:
      2. Number of Scheduled
        Lab Sections
        Workload Hours
        1-3
        1
        4-6
        2
        7 or more
        3
      3. Faculty coordination of Geology 117, and similar large "self-paced" laboratories is computed as three (3) workload hours.
      4. Faculty coordination of Biology 102 laboratories and discussion groups is computed as two (2) workload hours. A total of seven (7) workload hours for laboratory preparation is available for distribution to the instructors of record assigned to Biology 102 lecture.

    3. Workload credit for assigned undergraduate or graduate

      STUDENT TEACHING SUPERVISION shall be computed as follows:

      Student Enrollees
      Workload Hours
      1-2
      1
      3-4
      2
      5-6
      3
      7-8
      4
      9-10
      5
      11-12
      6

    4. Workload credit for assigned undergraduate or graduate

      PRACTICA/INDEPENDENT STUDY/THESIS SUPERVISION shall be computed as follows:

      • Independent Study and Practica 1 (Field experience for students under the direct supervision of a faculty and/or non-faculty practitioner. Scheduled class meetings supervised by faculty member are not required of enrollees.)
      • Student Enrollees
        Workload Hours
        9 or more
        3

      • Practica 2 (Field experience for students under the direct supervision of a faculty and/or non-faculty practitioner. In addition, scheduled group class meetings conducted by the faculty member are required of all enrollees.)
      • Student Enrollees
        Workload Hours
        1-3
        1
        4-6
        2
        7-9
        3
        10-12
        4
        13-15
        5
        16-18
        6

      • Practica 3 (Clinical experience for students under the direct supervision of a faculty practitioner.)
      • Student Enrollees
        Workload Hours
        1-2
        1
        3-4
        2
        5-6
        3
        7-8
        4
        9-10
        5
        11-12
        6

      • Thesis Supervision (Assignment as the advisor of record for graduate students enrolled in thesis.) At the time a graduate student files the official listing of the thesis supervisory committee with the Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, one workload hour will be credited to the faculty advisor of record. The Dean for Graduate Studies and Research will provide notification of this credit to the appropriate dean and chairperson. This workload credit must become part of the workload assignment during one of the two subsequent semesters (excluding summer sessions). Should the advisor of record be changed prior to the actual implementation of the assignment, workload credit can be transferred. However, once the workload credit has been assigned, subsequent changes in advisors will not result in the accrual of additional workload credit.

        In the case of faculty serving as the advisor of record for graduate students completing theses/dissertations at UNL or UNMC, it is the responsibility of the advisor to secure a copy of the form utilized on the other campus and to submit it to the UNO Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.

    5. Workload credit for APPLIED MUSIC(including composition courses) normally is computed as 50% of the assigned number of scheduled contact hours (rounded to the nearest whole number).
    6. Course
      Workload Hours
      Music 270 University Chorus
      1
      Music 271 Concert Choir
      3
      Music 273 Chamber Orchestra
      2
      Music 274 Orchestra
      3
      Music 275 Marching Band (Director)
      (Asst. Director)
      4
      1
      Music 277 Wind Ensemble
      3
      Music 278 Symphonic Band
      1
      Music 371 Brass Ensemble
      1
      Music 372 Jazz Ensemble
      (1 section)
      (additional sections)
      2
      1
      Music 373 Music Theater Ensemble
      1
      Music 374-378 Individual Instrument Ens.
      1
      Music 379 New Music Ensemble
      1

      Special Assignments:

      Course
      Workload Hours
      Chamber Choir
      2
      Vocal Jazz Ensemble
      2
      Musical Theater Production
      3

  3. Research Equivalencies
  4. In the following paragraphs, the term "research" is to be interpreted to include creative activities as may be appropriate to specific disciplines. Course preparation and study for the purpose of keeping abreast of one's field will not qualify as a research assignment.

    Contingent upon the instructional needs of the department being met, a portion of a faculty member's workload may be scheduled for specified research activities.

    All Members or Fellows of the Graduate Faculty will be provided the opportunity to request up to three workload credits for assigned research activity each semester. Approval of such requests is contingent upon continued evidence of research productivity. Such requests shall be submitted to the department chairperson following procedures developed by the department. The request shall describe the purpose, scope, and duration of the proposed research assignment in sufficient detail to permit evaluation. The chairperson will evaluate the proposal following any consultative processes adopted and make a workload recommendation to the Dean who shall decide if the assignment is to be made.

    Faculty members on Specific Term appointments who are not Members or Fellows of the Graduate Faculty may request up to three workload credits for assigned research activity each semester subject to the approval of each college dean.

    Requests for research assignments for any faculty member in excess of three (3) workload hours shall require the approval of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

    The above guidelines apply to research assignments which are part of the faculty member's " normal" assignment supported by the budgetary resources of the instructional units of the college. In addition, faculty members may apply for a research assignment funded by the University Committee on Research or some other internal non-instructional unit such as the Nebraska Research Initiative, NBDC or CPAR. Such requests must be submitted by means of procedures established by each unit or committee, and in all cases require the endorsement of the Chairperson and the appropriate Dean(s). These assignments must be approved by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

    Pursuant to Section 3.1.3.5 of the contract between the Board of Regents and the UNO/AAUP, faculty members may be assigned research activities associated with the fulfillment of the conditions of a contract or grant involving an agency external to UNO.

    If a faculty member has been assigned a research workload, the results of this assignment must be documented through the annual review/evaluation process. The outcome of this evaluation will be a major factor in determining further research assignments.

  5. Service Assignment Equivalencies
  6. A reasonable amount of university and community service is a normal expectation of all members in instructional units. To qualify for consideration as part of the scheduled workload, such activities must be specifically assigned and scheduled by the department chairperson and the Dean, must be directly related to the mission of the department and college, and must be sufficiently extensive that they can be evaluated as equivalent to an instructional assignment. Service assignments in excess of three (3) workload hours also shall require the approval of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. As a general workload equivalency, a service assignment requiring 50 hours of work during a semester is equivalent to one (1) workload hour.

    The above guidelines apply to service assignments which are part of the faculty member's " normal" assignment supported by the budgetary resources of the college. In addition, faculty members may be assigned service activities as part of their scheduled workload funded by administrative units elsewhere in the University; e.g., Faculty Senate Presidency.

    Pursuant to Section 3.1.3.5 of the contract between the Board of Regents and the UNO/AAUP faculty members may be assigned service activities associated with the fulfillment of the conditions of a contract or grant involving an agency external to UNO.

    If a faculty member has been assigned a service workload, the results of this assignment must be documented through the annual review/evaluation process. The outcome of this evaluation will be a major factor in determining further service assignments.

  7. Department Coordination Equivalencies
  8. The semester workload credit for departmental coordination duties is determined by the Dean within the guidelines established below:

    Size of Department/
    School
    Range of
    Workload Hours
    2-9 full-time faculty
    1-5
    10-15 full-time faculty
    3-6
    16+ full-time faculty
    6-9

    The ranges established above are in recognition of the fact that departmental coordination duties are affected by factors other than size. For example, chairpersons assigned the higher number of hours are ordinarily in departments offering graduate programs and having numerous teaching assistants.

    Departments with high graduate enrollments and/or which employ a large number of graduate teaching assistants may assign some of the coordination workload to another person (most often the Chair of the Graduate Committee). Such an assignment must be approved by the Dean.

  9. Special Considerations
  10. The above guidelines will cover the workload assignments of the vast majority of faculty members. From time to time colleges and departments may need to make special assignments which are not covered by these guidelines. In these cases, the proposed equivalency for the assignment will be recommended by the Dean to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the assignment.

    The instructional equivalencies provided above occasionally may make it difficult to achieve workload totals that equal exactly twelve (12). In some cases, research, service and/or departmental coordination assignments may be adjusted slightly to balance out the total workload; e.g., a two (2) rather than three (3) workload hour research assignment. In other cases, it is permissible to ensure that an average of 12 workload hours is achieved for the two semesters of the same academic year.