School of Engineering Policy Workload Expectations in Tenure-Track Faculty Positions
Draft – December 1, 2006
Revised December 21, 2006
Implemented Fall 2007
In pursuit of its aspirations, the Tufts School of Engineering seeks to foster a collaborative and supportive working environment for its faculty. The School values and strives for excellence in three general areas: teaching, research, and service. However, it recognizes that the level of contribution in each of these areas may vary, both among individuals and over time within a faculty member's career. Historically, at Tufts, a faculty member's responsibilities were defined at the Department level, typically in terms of course load and departmental service expectations.
Over the past few years, the School's goal of attaining leadership in interdisciplinary graduate education and research has led to an increase in faculty participation in graduate student mentoring and sponsored research. These changing faculty roles and the need to be more competitive in faculty recruitment have created the need for a more flexible and broader definition of faculty responsibilities. In addition, a survey of existing practices revealed some inconsistencies in expectations across departments. Thus, it is an appropriate time for the School to re-evaluate its traditional workload policies for tenure-track faculty.
The next section outlines a new policy for workload expectations of the tenure-track faculty. It was motivated by an effort to articulate and standardize the expectations of faculty across the School. This policy was developed in close collaboration with SOE department chairs and represents a consensus policy that will be implemented in fall 2007. In developing this policy, an effort was made to acknowledge faculty contributions in all areas, to ensure fairness in the distribution of responsibilities, to maintain faculty participation in education at the undergraduate level, and to provide flexibility to the Department Chairs in the implementation of this policy.
Workload Expectations Policy Outline
1 Note that all industry or foreign university fellowships must be consistent with School of Engineering and University guidelines and carry an agreed portion of the tuition.