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Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty Workload Policy



1. Pacific’s mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. This faculty workload policy reflects the overall expectations for faculty workload on a University-wide basis in furtherance of this goal. 

2. Each academic unit shall commit to keeping an updated faculty workload policy specific to the needs and requirements of their own academic area in support and furtherance of the broad policy determinations herein. All academic unit workload policies must be approved by the Provost prior to becoming effective. 

3. Pacific faculty members have three primary responsibilities: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. 

a. Teaching responsibilities require faculty members to achieve a high standard of instructional excellence, to share equitably the annual instructional responsibilities of their educational unit, to contribute to Pacific’s curricular diversity and richness, to engage in meaningful and constructive assessment that positively affects student achievement of learning outcomes, and to foster their students’ critical and creative abilities. Implicit and included in this component is work directed to student academic advising. 

b. Scholarship responsibilities require faculty members to maintain a program of research, scholarship and/or artistic endeavors which informs their teaching, contributes to the scholarly body of knowledge and enhances the reputation of Pacific. 

c. Service responsibilities require faculty members to contribute actively to the university community, to ongoing development of their profession, and to the furthering of relations between the University and the community. 

d. Through activities performed in the areas of teaching, scholarship and/or service, faculty members are expected to be actively engaged in the collection and application of evidence designed to ensure excellence in teaching and learning. 

4. Pacific’s expectation is that normal annual faculty workloads shall include contributions from each of the three areas identified above, including a minimum of 50% workload directed towards teaching, 20% workload directed towards scholarship, and 5% workload directed towards service. However, Pacific is also aware that exceptional circumstances may arise which may limit a faculty member from contributing in all areas for a limited duration. Any abrogation from this policy must be approved, in writing, by the Dean to whom the faculty member reports prior to cessation of work in those areas 


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