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Policy on Instructional Reporting (2007)

The University’s mission as an effective teaching and research institution requires several categories of classroom teacher, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, and graduate students. This policy addresses the oversight and management of the distribution of instructional duties among these categories.

In order to facilitate understanding by the faculty of the teaching environment in the College, the Dean’s Office should present a summary to the College Policy Committee, normally within the first two months of the start of the fall term, of all courses and credit hours taught in each unit, broken down by title of instructor.

Since the incorporation of current research and creative activities into the curriculum is an important component of effective instruction, especially in upper division courses, the use of tenured and tenure-track faculty as teachers is vital to a research university. These ranks of faculty should constitute at least 85% of the total number of instructor FTEs in the College, averaged over five years. Additionally, the use of multiple short-term appointments of non-tenure-track faculty to cover chronic teaching needs should not be seen as a long-term solution to financial and instructional imperatives faced by departments and the College.