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Policies and Guidelines

INSTRUCTION

Policy UL-IN02 TEACHING BY LIBRARIES' FACULTY

Contents:

  • Preface 
  • Approval to Teach
  • Ongoing Teaching Assignments
  • Teaching Loads
  • Disposition of Documentation
  • Cross References

PREFACE:

Full credit teaching is not a regular part of a Libraries faculty's primary assignment.  However, many librarians do teach credit courses, and most do so within the Library Studies Program.  Opportunities for teaching in credit and non-credit courses and programs also occur through academic departments or University Outreach and Cooperative Extension (Continuing Education and Distance Education/World Campus).  In addition, all Libraries faculty are under the administrative aegis of the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications and have their locus of tenure in the University Libraries.

This policy applies to Libraries faculty who wish to teach credit or non-credit courses and program offerings, or direct independent studies.

Libraries faculty who have formal advising responsibilities, direct undergraduate honors theses or graduate theses, or serve on graduate committees, are required to keep the appropriate Associate Dean informed of these activities.

APPROVAL TO TEACH:

As per University policy, Libraries faculty must have the approval of the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications to teach any credit courses, including Libraries Studies courses, when they are assuming a credit teaching assignment for the first time.  The Head of Library Learning Services (LLS), who functions as the department head for Libraries Studies and as the designate of the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, is responsible for reviewing the credentials of librarians who will be teaching credit courses in Library Studies for the first time.  The Head of LLS will report all credential decisions to the Dean and the appropriate Associate Dean.

All requests for approval to assume a credit teaching assignment in Library Studies for the first time must be addressed to the Head of LLS.  The letter of request must describe the course(s) to be taught; say that the faculty member is seeking "first-time" approval; describe whether or not it is a teaching overload and/or a course being taught for another unit of the University; list any supplemental payments and amounts to be received [see HR90 and the University Libraries policy on Supplemental Payments]; and provide positions for the approval and signatures of the Head of Library Learning Services, the appropriate Associate Dean, and the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications.   A current vita must be attached.

All requests to teach credit or non-credit courses and program offerings for another unit of the University must be addressed to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications with a copy sent to the appropriate Associate Dean.  The letter of request must describe the course(s) to be taught or program offering to be presented; indicate the University unit listing or sponsoring the course or program offering; describe whether or not it is a teaching overload, list any supplemental payments and amounts to be received [see HR90 and the University Libraries policy on Supplemental Payments]; and provide positions for the approval and signatures of the Head of Library Learning Services, the appropriate Associate Dean, and the Dean of the University Libraries and Scholarly Communications.

ONGOING TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS:

Libraries faculty desiring to continue an ongoing teaching assignment or to continue to teach a Library Studies course or course or program offering for another unit of the University in a given semester, must first have the approval of the appropriate Associate Dean and the concurrence of the Head of Library Learning Services each time a course is to be taught.

TEACHING LOADS:

An appropriate teaching load for a librarian is one Library Studies course per semester of up to 3-4 credit hours.  Courses in other disciplines, additional Library Studies courses, or credits above 4, will be considered an overload and must have the approval of the appropriate Associate Dean.

Academic units or campuses requesting a faculty member to teach in areas other than Library Studies are expected to supplement the Libraries at a minimum of $1100 per credit hour or above according to an equivalent instructional load measurement.  Supplemental payments will be designated by the respective Associate Dean, as appropriate, to the Libraries or library unit affected by the faculty member's teaching load [see Libraries policy on Supplemental Payments].

Teaching courses for other institutions is subject to this policy and will be considered consulting.  It is, thereby, subject to University policies HR80 and HR42.  Library faculty teaching for other institutions may not use University resources and must do so on their own time.

DISPOSITION OF DOCUMENTATION:

Copies of all letters and forms will be sent to the Libraries' Office of Human Resources for retention in the personnel files, to the Head of Library Learning Services, and the Libraries' Financial Officer when any supplemental payments are involved.

CROSS REFERENCES:

Other Policies in this manual should also be referenced, especially the following:

UL-HR05 Supplemental Payments
Form:  First Time Request to Teach 


Effective Date: July 2001
Date Approved: July 2001 (Dean's Library Council)

Revision History (and effective dates):

  • August 2007 – Revised; Instructional Programs to Library Learning Services
  • July 2001 – New policy

Last Review Date:  August 2007