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Teaching Flexibility Policies

The University has developed several policies that permit faculty to adjust their teaching schedules to allow for greater work flexibility.

First-Year Course Reduction Policy

The Provost’s Office offers funding to ensure that all new tenure-track faculty members receive a one-course reduction in their first year. This additional support promotes professional success and ensures a less stressful adjustment.

Flexible Course Scheduling Policy

Designed to provide faculty with greater flexibility to pursue significant research projects, develop curricular innovations, or address personal needs, the Flexible Course Scheduling Policy allows tenured and tenure-track faculty to cluster courses during an academic year in order to arrange one term without teaching obligations.

Course Reduction

The Provost and the Faculty Research Committee invites research-active, tenured faculty to apply for a one-course reduction in teaching load to directly support scholarly activity.  See the call for proposals under Funding Opportunities on the Research and Faculty Affairs website.

Modified Duties Policy

This policy complements family and medical leave, pregnancy disability leave, or short-term disability leave so that a faculty member can apply for modified duties for the segment of the academic term that is not covered by a leave of absence. For more information, see Section of the Faculty Handbook.

Summer Teaching Policy

The summer teaching policy permits faculty members teaching in year-round graduate programs to fulfill their teaching responsibilities by substituting the summer term for one quarter during the regular academic year. This policy helps faculty members create a teaching schedule that best fits their personal and professional needs. Interested faculty should consult their department chair and Section of the Faculty Handbook.


Contact Us

Faculty Development Program

Eileen Razzari Elrod
(on sabbatical 2015-2016)
Assoc. Vice Provost for Faculty Development
St. Joseph's Hall, #124

Elsa Chen
Interim Assoc. Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Vari Hall, #239

Administrative Associate
St. Joseph's Hall, #113

Fax: 408-551-1873

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