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CAS Teaching Load Policy

After considerable discussion with my colleagues in the Dean’s Office, and with Chairs, Interdisciplinary Program Directors and other administrators at Loyola, I’ve put together a CAS Teaching Load Policy that you can view here . A lot of it regularizes what we’re already doing; some of it is new. And it gets the various teaching loads into one document.

I ask you take particular note of the “Tenured Faculty Course Reduction Program for Research” and the “Liebentritt Faculty Development Opportunity for Lecturers.” In both cases, I’ve extended the deadline for applying to Feb. 1.

This is the policy we’ll apply for now, but I do welcome any comments you might have via this blog for future reference and possible adjustments.

  • By Aaron Lauve on 1.16.2013 at 9:00 pm

    I have heard it said by colleagues in the CAS that the equivalent of our NTT-85 lines at other institutions in Chicago—offering a “premier undergraduate education”—carry a 4/3 load and lower. For example, Northwestern mathematics lecturer positions, which begin at a higher pay, have a 2-2-2 teaching load; that’s 6 quarter-long courses as compared to our load of 7 or 8 semester-long courses. If we are competing for the best teachers, we should have something closer to the best package. Not the worst at 4/4. (At least not without the highest pay to compensate for the difference!)

    Put me on the team that is shouting for a 3-3 load for these important faculty members.

  • By George K. Thiruvathukal on 1.17.2013 at 3:03 pm

    And for some disciplines, this makes it extraordinarily difficult to hire and retain the best. In disciplines with professional focus, one must weigh the number of hours in and out of the classroom against a regular industry job that is likely to pay double or a higher multiplier. This argument is not limited to computer science but includes many other disciplines (e.g. psychology, business, law, etc.)

    At many institutions, the full-time lecturer positions sometimes have the same teaching loads as found in the tenure-track recommendations. Echoing Aaron, we need to be competitive, knowing that Chicago is also an EXPENSIVE place to live.

    In any event, a big thank you to Dean Andress for using blogs to consider faculty input. This is a great step forward for the university. We’re not writing our comments to complain but rather to ensure that Loyola continues to get top faculty as a university moving up in the rankings. Without top faculty and paying attention to quality (another thing that can slip when the load is too high), we won’t continue to make gains.