Senate Document Number 2799S
Date of Senate Approval 2/11/99
Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
Effective Date: Fall 1999
Section 126.96.36.199.4 of the Faculty Handbook
188.8.131.52.4 Faculty Reassigned Time Policy
A full-time teaching assignment is 24 semester credit/contact hours per academic year or its equivalent as established by the Department Chair and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Full-time faculty members may request Reassigned Time which reduces this twenty-four hour teaching responsibility for activities which benefit UNCA's distinctive mission. Responsibilities for which Reassigned Time may be granted include:
Availability of Reassigned Time
Each academic year, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) will normally allot each academic program an amount of reassigned time equivalent to three credit-hours for each full-time faculty position occupied by a faculty on a continuing contract. The VCAA will provide this authorization to Chairs in a timely fashion, usually in October, so they may plan the next year's schedule.
The VCAA will also allot reassigned time to chairs and program directors for administrative duties associated with their appointments, taking into account factors such as the number of faculty supervised, the complexity of the program, co-curricular demands, and numbers of students served.
Requesting and Allocating Reassigned Time
Individual faculty requests for reassigned time will be made to the Chair at the time the schedule is beginning to be planned. The assignment of faculty duties is a fundamental responsibility of Department Chairs. They know the courses and sections that must be offered, and the other duties that must be carried out. Chairs are responsible for a judicious, equitable allocation of reassigned time to individual members of their departments on behalf of UNCA's mission. The VCAA, in consultation with the appropriate Chair, may sometimes allot additional reassigned time to members of the faculty for projects and activities which support the mission of the university but fall outside departmental purposes, such as accreditation reviews.
Chairs are also teacher-scholar members of the faculty, and may request reassigned time on an equal footing for purposes such as professional development for enhanced teaching effectiveness, scholarship/creative activity, and others as described above. These requests will be made to the VCAA prior to planning the schedule. The VCAA is responsible for a judicious, equitable allocation of reassigned time to Chairs and Program Directors on behalf of UNCA's mission.
Accountability for Reassigned Time
Faculty members who receive reassigned time will record the assignment and will report on the results of the assignment on their Annual Faculty Records. The productive use of this reassigned time will be a factor considered by Chairs in the annual evaluation of faculty who have received it.
Chairs who receive reassigned time for purposes other than the administrative duties of their position will report on the results of the assignment in their Annual Faculty Records and to the VCAA, who will consider the productive use of this reassigned time in the annual evaluation of the Chair.