Faculty Utilization Guidelines
February 05, 1991
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A report issued by the New York State comptroller urged that all state-operated campuses should have the following in place: formal policies specifying the teaching responsibilities of faculty; specific standards on minimum class size; annual performance programs for full-time faculty members addressing instructional, research, service and administrative responsibilities; annual reports from individual faculty members on their activities and accomplishments; and systematic procedures for review of course loads, class size and faculty reports by appropriate officers.
The State University of New York’s (University) response was to adopt more systematic procedures for ensuring an effective and equitable distribution of faculty responsibilities. The policy continues to recognize the full range of faculty responsibilities for instruction, research and creative activities, and campus and community service and incorporates appropriate variations among campuses. The purpose of these guidelines is not to change existing workloads, but to formalize prevailing practices, to attest fairness on campus and within the University, and to enable each state-operated campus to demonstrate the effective utilization of its greatest resource - the faculty.
No uniform policy on faculty utilization can work in a system as diverse as the University. Each campus needs a policy that reflects its institutional type, educational mission and unique character. The following guidelines set out the components required in a formal campus policy on faculty utilization
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