DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSAL TO MODIFY INSTRUCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES POLICY
On behalf of the Faculty Welfare Committee, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza (English) submitted the following proposal to modify the instructional responsibilities policy. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It will be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on March 17, 2003.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council
Modified Instructional Responsibilities Policy
It is the policy of The University of Texas at Austin to modify the classroom instructional responsibilities of faculty members and allow for equivalent academic service to be performed when certain personal circumstances prevent them from being able to perform their classroom teaching duties; and when such modifications are found to be in the best interest of the University’s instructional programs.
This policy applies to all members of the faculty who are appointed full-time on the instructional budget in a long-session semester.
Faculty members who may apply for modified instructional responsibilities are those who are the principal caregiver of their pre-school child or children under the age of three (3) years, or are the principal caregiver of a disabled, elderly, or seriously ill member of their immediate family.
An immediate family member is a spouse, child or parent, or an individual who lives in the same household as the employee and is related to the faculty member by kinship, adoption or marriage, or is a foster child certified by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
A request for a modification of instructional responsibilities must be submitted in writing to the appropriate department chair (or dean non-departmentalized colleges/schools). When possible, the request should be submitted in advance of the semester when the modification is requested to be in effect. The application must include the following information:
1) a description of the need for modified instructional responsibilities;
2) statements from a health care professional that document the need for care giving for disabled, elderly or seriously ill family members; and
3) a written proposal that describes the significant scholarly research, new course development, curriculum development, or other duties performed in the best interest of the instructional program that the faculty members will engage in during the period of modified academic responsibilities. All proposals must be described in detail, involve a defined work product, and contain a proposed method for evaluation by the department chair or dean during the modification period.
The chair or dean to whom the application is submitted shall review the application to determine:
1) whether the personal circumstances stated in the application are among those allowed by the policy and are sufficiently documented;
2) whether the application contains a sufficiently detailed description of the scholarly research, new course development, or other duties to be performed by the applicant in the best interest of the instructional program during the period of modified academic responsibilities; the work product that will result from the described activities; and an adequate method for on-going evaluation of the research or curriculum development by the department chair or dean, as appropriate;
3) whether the proposed activity is in the best interest of the department or program’s instructional program; and
4) whether the full range of the department or program’s instructional responsibilities can be met without additional resources during the period of modification.
Within thirty (30) days of receipt of the application, the chair or dean shall submit the results of his or her review, in writing, to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost for final review and decision concerning the request for modification of instructional duties. The decision of the provost is final and will be communicated in writing to the applicant and the appropriate dean and/or department chair.
Period and Scope of Modification
Modifications to instructional duties shall be for the period of one long session semester. Faculty members whose requests for modified instructional responsibilities are granted are not removed from the instructional budget and are expected to continue to fulfill all of their duties as members of the faculty during the period of modification.