3.2.2 Faculty Teaching Assignment

The University is dedicated to excellence in research and education. Access to opportunities to develop and coordinate a course is important for the professional development of faculty members because scholarship and teaching are the primary factors in evaluation for promotion and tenure. While the quality of teaching is paramount an evenly distributed teaching load is also important to ensure that all staff can achieve and demonstrate excellence in a sufficient amount of teaching and that individual staff members do not carry excessive teaching loads.

The Dean of the Graduate School will assign faculty members to be Course Coordinators, and determine which faculty members contribute to each course. The Course Coordinators will be responsible for overseeing the content, teaching, and examination requirements of the course. Faculty will be expected to have a deep knowledge of the area covered by the syllabus of the courses they coordinate.

Guidelines for teaching assignment
1. All full-time faculty members are expected to teach one approved graduate course per year (two credits per year). If faculty members share teaching of a course their point contribution can be calculated pro rata. For example, the two credits could be achieved by co-teaching two courses, or teaching two courses of one credit.

2. The teaching expectation of adjunct faculty members is proportional to their time commitment to the University. For example, an adjunct faculty member with 50% commitment to the University is expected to contribute one-credit. 

3. The credit loading may be amortized over two years provided the overall teaching commitment of the University in any given year is realized.

4. Faculty members are encouraged to go beyond minimum requirements for educational reasons and faculty may use additional time to teach a course if they so wish, provided that this can be accommodated in the student timetable. However, teaching longer in a course does not contribute additional credits.

5. We have a commitment and an obligation to MEXT to deliver teaching by accredited faculty members. Abdication of teaching responsibilities is viewed seriously. The opportunity to enhance teaching by participation of visiting professors is recognized but certain guidelines apply.
Substitute teachers may not be used to deliver the faculty commitment, except under the sabbatical leave regulations. Guest lectures by visiting faculty are welcome but require prior approval by the Dean of the Graduate School, based on confirmation that the teaching content and methods will fulfill the course objectives. Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the scheduled teaching on form [link: TBD].

6. With the agreement of the Deans of the Graduate School and Faculty Affairs, non-faculty researchers (Postdoctoral Scholars, Staff Scientists, Research Specialists and Science and Technology Associates) may contribute to courses under the supervision of a faculty member.  Non-faculty researchers may not be the principal supervisor of graduate students, but may assist in supervising their research assignments. If such members of the research staff are engaged in teaching, it should be connected with their project and enhance their academic development, and be recorded by the graduate school. In such cases it is expected that the University faculty member is present for the scheduled teaching hours to provide mentoring and quality control; this should not be used to replace faculty in teaching. Measures of performance of non-faculty researchers may include the contribution to teaching. Non faculty members wishing to teach should consult the relevant section of the Graduate School Handbook.

7. Other teaching and administrative responsibilities do not offset the baseline faculty teaching expectation. Other teaching responsibilities include service as Academic Mentors, on Committees including the Admissions Committee and the Curriculum and Examinations Committee, supervision of PhD Thesis Research, Supervision of Rotations, and Supervision of Research Interns etc.

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