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Policy for Teaching Load Credit For Graduate Thesis and Project Directors

(July 2, 2012)

Teaching responsibilities associated with directing graduate theses and graduate projects can require a substantial amount of time and expertise from faculty members. In response, the College of Liberal Arts awards teaching load credit for full members of the graduate faculty who direct a master’s thesis or a master’s project.

Qualifications

  • A full-time BUFM who teaches a full teaching load, as identified in the department workload plan and who meets the School of Graduate Studies’ qualifications; or
  • A full-time BUFM who teaches less than a full teaching load, as identified in the department workload plan, due to administrative assignments and who meets the School of Graduate Studies’ qualifications; and,
  • The student’s successful completion of the thesis or project.

Teaching Load Credit

Teaching Load Reduction for Graduate Thesis-Project Director Criteria (PDF)

Fillable Teaching Load Reduction Form (PDF)

Team Teaching

Faculty wishing to develop a team-taught course should present a one-page proposal describing course content and faculty responsibilities to the chair(s) of their department(s). Chairs will forward recommended courses to the Associate Dean who will give final approval to courses appropriately fulfilling college and university priorities for curricular and faculty development.

The college will count the course as a regular load course for both faculty members when:

  1. The course is a special-topic offering rather than a routinely offered class, and
  2. The course is offered for the first time

Subsequent offerings of the course must also have a minimum enrollment of 40 students to count as regular load courses for both faculty members.

Team Teaching Policy (PDF)

Technology

University Policies dealing with Technology:

Faculty Computer Initiative

The Dean’s Office supports faculty computer technology needs for teaching and research by providing faculty with a computer if needed, every four years or as funding allows. We support faculty choice in computer technology but place the following restrictions based on cost and durability. All purchases must go through the COLA Business Manager.

Desktop Machines:
  1. A PC desktop machine to be purchased with FCI funds will consist of the least expensive basic model CPU that Pomeroy offers. Also included will be a 23” display, and speaker bar. Any upgrade that increases this cost will be the responsibility of any combination of the following:
    • The user’s department
    • The user’s faculty development funds
    • The user’s personal funds
  2. An Apple computer to be purchased with FCI funds will consist of the least expensive basic model 21.5” iMac. These models include the 21.5” screen, CPU, and built-in speakers. Any upgrade that increases this cost will be required to purchase an extended warranty (Applecare) and will be the responsibility of any combination of the following:
    • The user’s department
    • The user’s faculty development funds
    • The user’s personal funds
Laptops:
  1. The FCI will cover the first $1000 of the laptop that must be purchased through Pomeroy.
  2. A maximum warranty must be purchased if available.
  3. Anything over $1000 in cost must be covered by any combination of the following:
    • The user’s department
    • The user’s faculty development funds
    • The user’s personal funds
  4. The laptop must be used for a period of 4 years. If the laptop needs repaired or replaced after the warranty is expired and before the 4-­‐year mark, that cost will be the responsibility of the user.
Software:

Any specialized software that does not come on the standard CaTS “image” will be the responsibility of any combination of the following:

  • The user’s department
  • The user’s faculty development funds
  • The user’s personal funds

Faculty Computer Initiative (PDF)

Office Closings

Process for Closing Offices

Ideally, department offices would remain open during the workday. Practically, there will be times when a staff member or student worker is not available. These should be minimized, but if they are necessary please follow the following procedure:

  • Notify the COLA office that you will be closed.
  • Put the office phone on voice mail or, with agreement from the recipient, forward the phone to another office.  If you are using voice mail make sure the message indicates how long it will take to get a response.
  • If the office will be closed for more than a day, put a vacation message on the email that indicates where people should go for assistance.
  • Put a notice on the door indicating how long the office will be closed. Indicate where the visitor can go for help. This can be the COLA office.
  • If there is no one in the outer office but there are faculty available and willing to respond to visitors, leave the door open and put a bell and sign on the desk.
  • If there is no office staff and the office door is locked but faculty need to have office hours, consider buying a battery operated doorbell that can be placed outside the door with a sign.

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