University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Teaching Load Allocation Guidelines

To foster an environment aimed at achieving the research goals suggested in the School’s last AACSB review and at our fall 2013 faculty retreat, the BSAD faculty voted on 12/11/2013 that “research active” tenured faculty be granted a reduced course load and that “research inactive” tenured faculty teach an increased course load. The structure of course reductions is facilitated by the updated journal ranking criteria approved by the faculty in their meeting on October 11, 2013.

Point System for Course Load Adjustment for Tenured Faculty

The BSAD Journal List includes "Top tier," "2nd tier," "3rd tier," and "4th tier" journals. Consistent with the transparency and equity objectives underlying teaching load adjustment policies at other schools, we propose a clearly defined system that awards points to faculty who have published in journals as follows:

  • Top tier journal............ 8 points
  • 2nd tier journal............ 4 points
  • 3rd tier journal............ 2 points
  • 4th tier journal............ 1 point

A normal course load for a tenured faculty member is 5 course sections per academic year. We propose course load reductions would be determined by the number of points earned within a rolling 5-year time frame as follows :

Six+ course load Less than 6 points.
Five course load At least 6 points.
Four course load 10 points based on the point system indicated above. At least 4 points must come from 2nd tier journals or higher.
Three course load 24 points based on the point system indicated above. At least 12 points must come from 2nd tier journals or higher, and of these at least 8 points must come from Top tier journals.

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