Written Response to Question
Responses to Questions about Engineering Faculty and Overloads
Neal S. Coulter
Dean, College of Computing Sciences and Engineering
January 18, 2002
1. Should some engineering faculty
(not in release time) be paid overload when their teaching assignments
are often less than the average UNF faculty?
Question 2: For at least the past four years, UNF engineering faculty members have never taught an overload course on a planned basis (i.e., scheduled before the term started). In the past year, some faculty members have assumed courses for extra pay after a term started because of faculty departures or illnesses. These were emergency situations when students were put at risk because courses were already in progress and with sufficient enrollments to continue. In each case, the affected faculty members were paid $5,000 to assume an extra course with no time for preparation. In each case, College administrators asked the faculty members to assume the extra courses so the students would not be adversely affected.
Specifically, these cases occurred in the 2001 spring term (three courses were assigned to faculty after a faculty member was reassigned during the term and subsequently went on medical leave for the remainder of that term) and in the 2002 spring term when a faculty member resigned from UNF during the first week of class. All extra courses were for 3 credits, and all were lecture courses.
For the spring 2001 case, the initial and final assigned instructional loads for the three faculty members were:
For the spring 2002 case, the initial assignment for the faculty member
was EEL 3003 (3 credits), EEL 4657 (3 credits), and EEL 4657L (1 credit,
3 contact hours). This yields a total of nine classroom/laboratory hours
per week before the added course, and twelve hours per week after the