Assignment to Teach Distance Education Courses, Teaching Load, and Compensation
- Academic departments/programs that have elected to offer distance education courses and programs of study may identify the instructors of the courses. Departments should select instructors according to willingness and availability to teach the courses, knowledge of the topics reviewed in the course, and training or experience in teaching distance education courses. Instructors of distance education courses should receive regular training recommended by the Distance Learning Council. Instructors of graduate-level courses and programs of study may require additional approval from the Graduate Council.
- Faculty assigned to teach distance education courses should receive sufficient training and lead time to prepare the course. As circumstances warrant, the department may provide the instructor a course load reduction to facilitate course preparation. The department and Provost should also provide adequate resources to purchase materials needed for the preparation of the course.
- Departments offering distance education courses are encouraged to modify their EDO policies to recognize faculty development and teaching of distance education courses.
- Teaching a distance education course shall be considered a part of the individual’s teaching load and in keeping with the common practices of the department, college, and University.
- Faculty are not entitled to receive additional compensation or load reduction for teaching a distance education course except under special circumstances that have been approved by the department head, academic dean, and provost.