Friday, December 15, 2017
Capital Times, Regents Proposal: UW Will Track Professors’ Teaching Hours Starting in January:
The teaching workload of University of Wisconsin faculty and other instructional staff will be monitored starting in January, but no other parts of their jobs will see the same scrutiny, according to a proposal before the Board of Regents for approval Thursday.
The “Teaching Workload Policy” calls on UW System administrators and chancellors of individual campuses to develop policies for monitoring the number of hours spent teaching, rewarding faculty and instructional staff who teach more than a “standard academic load,” and publishing aggregate data on teaching hours on the UW System’s Accountability Dashboard website.
Details on how teaching workload data might be collected or what would constitute a “standard academic load” were not included. ...
UW-Madison faculty members have raised concerns about the provision, saying that hours in the classroom represent only part of a professor’s job.
“The Packers don’t just work three hours on Sunday,” is how UW-Madison associate professor of education Nicholas Hillman put it in February in a tweet.
Hillman said he spends more time grading papers, giving thorough feedback and meeting with students than he does in the classroom, Hillman told the Capital Times. Add to that time spent advising students, responding to email questions and preparing class notes, he said.
UW-Madison officials also point out that many faculty members conduct research and are responsible for reaching out to the state’s citizens to share their knowledge.