Assigned Time Policy
The CSU system has a dual mission of teaching and scholarly activity. Tenured and tenure-track (T/TT) faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) are actively involved in both teaching and research aspects of our mission. The full teaching workload for most CNSM T/TT faculty is typically about 4 courses per semester. Lecture-based courses with 3 contact hours/week are generally allocated 3 weighted teaching units (WTU), and lab-based courses with 3 contact hours are generally allocated 2 WTU. Thirty (30) WTU per academic year is considered a full workload, with 24 WTU for teaching and 3 for research or service activities.
T/TT faculty may be given reassigned time (funded by external and internal awards) for research activity. Research involving students is part of the teaching mission, and mentorship of students enrolled in directed research garners 0.33 WTU per weekly contact hour. Nonetheless, direct involvement in classroom teaching by T/TT faculty is a requirement for teaching excellence, and all T/TT faculty are actively involved in designing and conveying the curriculum to students of all levels.
Policy on Minimum Teaching Loads [PDF] dictates that each T/TT faculty teaches a minimum of 6 WTU each academic year.