About the Faculty Teaching Responsibilities Policy

The Faculty Teaching Responsibilities Policy is designed to simultaneously meet the pedagogical and fiscal needs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University—Camden. The policy is also designed to help tenure-track faculty meet minimum expectations for teaching within the tenure and promotion process, as well as to define minimum expectations for NTT faculty to successfully earn reappointment and achieve promotion. Failure to meet minimum expectations for teaching responsibilities may contribute to a negative evaluation of teaching in the tenure-track or non-tenure track review process. The FASC Dean’s Office will work with department chairs and faculty to apply the policy equitably and in ways that also ensure the sustainability of academic programs.

At minimum, all FASC courses offered in the Fall and Spring semesters should enroll a minimum of 10 students for undergraduate courses and no less than 6 students for a graduate-level courses. Exceptions must be approved by the dean’s office. Enrollment in courses that include both undergraduate and graduate students may be combined in order to meet these minimums. An individual course may also be defined courses that are cross-listed with more than one academic program.

Exceptions may be appropriate when trying to meet pedagogical and/or curriculum goals. The evaluation of faculty teaching for reappointment, tenure, renewal, or (if appropriate) merit increases will include assessment of a faculty member’s adherence to the Teaching Responsibilities Policy. Teaching evaluation involve several factors including, but not exclusive to: 1) course syllabi that reflect clear expectations and assessment, 2) student survey evaluations, 3) peer observation and assessment, and 4) history for adhering to the Faculty Teaching Responsibilities Policy.

Tenure-Track Faculty

Full-time tenure-track faculty are responsible for a 2-2 teaching load. Some already tenured faculty, in consultation with the department chair and the dean’s office, may be designed as research-inactive and carry a 3-2 teaching load. Requests for research-inactive status should be made to the dean’s. Faculty may choose to be research inactive, or if recommended by the department chair, appeal the research-inactive designation to the dean. Determination of status will be made by the dean, but may change at a later date with clear evidence of research activity and outcomes.

An individual tenure-track faculty member may receive a reduced teaching load due to administrative responsibilities, grant funding, as part of a start-up or retention package, or other circumstance approved by the department chair and dean.  All such situations must be approved by the dean’s office.

  • Fulltime tenure-track faculty are expected to teach at least 1 course per year that fulfills either an undergraduate general education requirement or academic major requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Fulltime tenure-track faculty are expected to teach a minimum of 30 students each semester or at minimum a total of 50 students over the course of the academic year (Fall and Spring semester). It is understandable that some years it is not possible for all faculty to meet the minimum of 30 students each semester.

Exceptions may be made in order to meet academic curricular goals, but must be approved by the dean’s office.

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Full-time non-tenure-track faculty are responsible for a 4-4 teaching load or as outlined in individual appointment contracts. An individual non-tenure-track faculty member may receive a reduced teaching load due to administrative responsibilities, grant funding, as part of a start-up or retention package, or other circumstance approved by the department chair and dean.  All such situations must be approved by the dean.

  • Fulltime non-tenure-track faculty are expected to teach a minimum of 2 courses per academic year that fulfill either an undergraduate general education requirement; or academic major, university, or college graduation requirement.
  • Fulltime non-tenure-track faculty are expected to teach a minimum of 40 students each fall and spring semester or a minimum of 80 total students over the course of the academic year. These numbers may vary for NTT faculty with reduced teaching loads due to extensive administrative responsibilities. (Minimums may be lowered in cases with a pre-approved reduced teaching load due to administrative responsibilities.)

Exceptions may be made in order to meet academic curricular goals, but must be approved by the dean.

PTL Faculty

PTL faculty are hired to teach individual courses. In general, a minimum of 10 students must be enrolled in an undergraduate course and no less than 6 students in a graduate-level course. Exceptions must be approved by the dean. Enrollment in courses that include both undergraduate and graduate students may be combined in order to meet these minimums.  No PTL faculty may serve as supervisors for independent studies unless approved by the dean.