|Summary: The current workload policy recognizes faculty contributions to scholarship, teaching, and service, and the unit has proposed a modified workload policy that more clearly recognizes applied scholarship in practice. The unit’s use of part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants is purposeful. The unit provides extensive opportunities for professional development of faculty related to emerging theories and practices.|
Historically QU was considered a teaching university, but in 2008, with the University-wide reform, research became a key focus. At present, the University only recognizes one track for faculty members, which has a strong research orientation. At the urging of the College of Education and other colleges with applied practice, however, a committee was formed in the spring of 2010 to develop a proposal for establishing a duel track system that recognizes and sets policy for clinical faculty positions.
The unit currently adheres to the University-wide faculty workload policy (Faculty Handbook, p. 69)
|Activity||Teaching Load Factor|
|General Lecture Course||1.00|
|Art/Drafting Studio Course||0.33|
|Supervision of Student Teachers||0.33|
|Supervision of Graduation Projects (Per project, assuming 2.5 students per project)||3.00|
Recently the unit submitted a proposal to the vice president of academic affairs to consider a revised faculty load policy that would recognize service in the form of delivery of professional development activities to inservice teachers and leaders, but to date no action has been taken on the proposal. At present, the unit does not offer online courses.
The unit follows the policies established by the university for part-time faculty. Part-time faculty serve as lecturers and college supervisors, who work with the candidates during their field experiences. They are experienced teachers who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the program. They work closely with full-time education faculty to ensure consistency throughout the program. At this time, the university does not have clinical faculty, but a committee at the university level is currently investigating this option. Unit faculty serve on this committee.
Graduate assistants in the unit at present assist with technology training, especially related to the E-Folios, for all programs. Until the B.Ed. program matures, they are limited in respect to teaching assignments as they are restricted by university policy to undergraduate courses.
There are 35 support staff compared with 38 faculty members., not including the kindergarten teachers who teach in the Early Childhood Center. Administrative staff are distributed among the programs so that every program has at least one administrative assistant. The four technical staff assist all programs with technology issues. To ensure that all programs have appropriate numbers of support staff, the policy is for the program coordinator to request additional support staff from the head of the department, who, if he/she approves, forwards the request to the dean. The dean will then assign a teaching assistant or administrative staff member to assist the faculty member or program that has requested the help. If a new hire is needed, it is put into the budget for the next funding period.
In addition to projects funded under the budget, support is provided directly to faculty to encourage them to participate globally in the academic community through attending conferences, workshops and other professional events. Not only is full financial support provided for presenting research papers at such events, but full financial support may also be provided for attending such events at the request of the dean to learn new information to bring back to the unit. There are many instances in which partial support may also be attained, according the type of event and participation (see Request to Travel). Non-budgeted funds may also be requested to host conferences that would benefit our candidates or to fund visiting professors and consultants. Out of 13 units within the university requesting visiting professor/consultant funds, the unit received 10.63% of the university’s funds for this activity.
The university also has an Office of Faculty Development (OFID) that offers frequent, high-quality professional development opportunities without charge in both Arabic and English. OFID conducts needs assessments and interest surveys at least yearly to determine faculty needs. Research opportunities are provided by the Office of Research, through which faculty may apply for internal research grants.