LASS Scholarly Workload Assignment Procedures

Procedures for LASS Scholarly Workload Assignments

 October 5, 2015

 This document outlines the procedures and criteria for scholarly workload assignments for tenured faculty in LASS.


 All tenured faculty who have no more than a .25 FTE administrative release may apply. The scholarship of untenured faculty will be supported separately. Scholarly workload assignments are dependent on available funding.

 Schedule for Assignments

 Department heads will invite tenured faculty who seek a .25 FTE assignment for scholarship to submit their requests in advance of the scheduling of classes for the upcoming academic year. Requests will typically be for a .25 FTE scholarly assignment for the academic year. Faculty who receive scholarly workload assignments may not accept overload assignments.


Faculty who request a .25 FTE assignment for scholarship will be expected to have a rating of 4 (“Excellent”) the previous year or an average rating of 3.5 in “Scholarly Activity, Research, and Creative Activity” over the past three years on the Annual Performance Review.* 

Faculty who do not meet either standard may request a one-semester .25 FTE assignment from the Department Head. Such a request must be supported by a proposal outlining the project, the approach, the significance and impact on the field, and the plan for dissemination. The proposal must be approved by the Department Head and the Dean. This assignment can be renewed two times if progress towards completing publishable work is demonstrated; the assignments need not be requested in consecutive semesters. The purpose of the one-semester assignment is to help the faculty member meet the standard for the .25 Academic Year assignment. If this level of performance is not achieved, the faculty member will not be eligible for a .25 FTE scholarly assignment, until approved to reapply by the Department Head and the Dean.

Only peer-reviewed or juried work will be considered in ratings of scholarly and creative performance.

*Ratings for Scholarly Activity, Research, and Creative Activity (Based on Faculty Annual Performance Review)

5 “Outstanding Performance” can be demonstrated by the acceptance or publication of a major project, such as a book; acceptance for publication, display, production, or presentation of a major creative work; award of a large external grant or fellowship; or the combination of several shorter projects.

4 “Excellent Performance” can be demonstrated by acceptance or publication of a significant short project—such as a standard-length journal article, book chapter, or shorter creative project such as a television script, a short story, performance text, etc.; acceptance by an art or photography exhibit or film festival that includes shorter works; editing or co-editing a special issue of a journal; receipt of an award from a scholarly organization or from an industry related to the faculty member’s area of study; or supervising student scholarship that receives national or regional recognition.

3 “Performance Meets Expectations” will be assigned to a faculty member who shows evidence of scholarly activity—such as completing a draft chapter of a single-authored book; submitting an article to a scholarly journal; demonstrating progress on a creative project such as a play, script, art or photography exhibit; presenting at an academic conference; organizing a session for a conference; publishing a book review; refereeing for a scholarly journal or press; serving as invited speaker at a university or for a specific organization related to the individual’s field;.

2 “Performance Needs Improvement” will be assigned to a faculty member with no evidence of scholarship for this year.

1 “Unacceptable Performance” will be assigned to a faculty member who shows no scholarly activity despite significant levels of departmental or College support (i.e., scholarly releases).

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