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2011 Faculty Handbook Professional Responsibilities

Summary: D R A F T
2011 Faculty Handbook
Professional Responsibilities
Academic Workload
University of Houston Policy, Rules and Regulations
To carry out the core mission of the university, faculty engage in a variety of activities that are
traditionally categorized as teaching, research/scholarship and service. The discovery and
dissemination of knowledge through research, artistic and scholarly endeavors and service to the
college, university, community, government agencies and professional organizations associated
with the various university disciplines, combine with teaching to fulfill the academic workload
requirements of faculty. Individual faculty's time and effort within these three categories will
vary based upon the expectations, demands and responsibilities within the academic
departments, disciplines and colleges. The effort individual faculty direct towards teaching,
research/scholarship and service will also vary with the type of faculty appointment (tenured,
tenure track, non tenure track [clinical, instructor, research faculty]) and national expectations in
the disciplines at research intensive universities. Consistent with the goals and mission of the
University of Houston, it is expected that the academic workload of faculty will be in alignment
with the national norms for research intensive universities.
Regardless of the type of faculty appointment, all full-time faculty at the University of Houston
are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week during the academic year. To reflect the


Source: Azevedo, Ricardo - Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston


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