Workload Policies and Practices
The Tuskegee University Faculty Handbook (revised 1999) defines workload policies for all University faculty. The Office of Human Resources issues this handbook to each faculty member upon initial employment at the University and following each handbook revision.
According to the Tuskegee University Faculty Handbook, all Tuskegee University faculty members are expected to engage in teaching, research and service. Promotion and tenure policies, described in the same document, include these same requirements. The maximum teaching load is fifteen (15) semester contact hours. The normal teaching load is twelve 12/13 semester hours. Normally this teaching load includes no more than three separate course preparations. Student advisement, assessment, pre-clinical and student internship supervision, research and service are some of the duties of teacher education faculty. Supervision of student interns and pre-clinical students carry teaching load credit according to pre-determined formulas. The Coordinator of Field Based Experiences is a full-time faculty member with a workload divided equally between teaching and the coordination of field-based experiences.
Occasionally, faculty members outside the Division of Education receive credit for assisting with teacher education programs. For example, this semester an English Department faculty member receives one hour of teaching credit to assist with observation of student interns in English Language Arts.
An Assessment Coordinator position was recently advertised. The Coordinator will assist Division of Education faculty and the Dean in managing the unit’s assessment system and in gathering and organizing assessment data.
The University and the Macon County School System jointly fund the Professional Development School Partnership Coordinator position.
The Curriculum Laboratory Coordinator is a part-time staff member. The current Computer/Technology/Writing Center Coordinator teaches part-time in the English Department. The University recently advertised to employ a full-time media specialist to assist the Computer/Technology/Writing Center Coordinator.
The dean’s education budget includes a small sum for professional development travel. Faculty members also receive travel funds through the University’s Title III Grant A Bush Foundation grant provides faculty support for improvement of teaching.
Faculty Load Policies Regarding On-Line Course Delivery
Tuskegee University presently offers no distance learning courses; however, Blackboard, the University’s on-line course delivery software system, is used extensively throughout the University. The University provides regular Blackboard training for the faculty; and faculty members may teach their courses exclusively through Blackboard, or use it as a supplement. Two Department of Curriculum and Instruction professors currently use Blackboard as a course supplement.
Unit’s Use of Part-Time Faculty and of Graduate Teaching Assistants
The Division of Education employs part-time faculty in two categories: those whose primary work assignment is in an academic department at Tuskegee University but outside the Division of Education, and those employed from outside the University.
Part-time faculty members participate on Division of Education and University-wide committees. One part-time instructor is a member of the Teacher Education Council. Part-time instructors have offices in Thrasher Hall, where full-time teacher education faculty have offices and teach their courses.
The unit has no graduate teaching assistants, however graduate students receive College Work-Study assignments.
The Field-Based Experiences Coordinator position is a full-time assignment in the Division of Education, with half time teaching responsibilities. The Coordinator arranges placement of all pre-clinical students and student interns.
As part of their teaching loads, Division of Education faculty members observe pre-clinical students and supervise student interns. In a few cases, on-campus part-time faculty members with appropriate credentials supervise student interns.