The assignment of teaching loads is governed by Texas A&M University Rule 12.03.99.M1, Faculty Teaching Workload Reporting. This rule is compliant with System Policy 12.03, Faculty Academic Workload and Reporting Requirements, which in turn follows guidelines and requirements legislated by of the Texas Education Code Section 51.402(b).
Rule 12.03.99.M1 states that a full time faculty member must have 9 total teaching workload credits every semester. The rule further defines the faculty workload as Classroom Teaching Credits and Equivalent Teaching Credits. For classroom credits the type of instruction determines how much courses count toward classroom teaching credit. For undergraduate courses, each lecture contact hour is equivalent to 1 workload credit. For instance, a faculty member teaching 2, three-credit hour undergraduate courses would be credited with 6 classroom workload credits. For graduate courses, the lecture contact hour value of the course is multiplied by 1.5. For example, a three-credit graduate course yields a teaching credit of 4.5 (see Table 1). Equivalent teaching credits are given up to a given limit depending on the type of activity for which the faculty member receives the credit. For example, chairing a Ph.D. dissertation yields 1 equivalent teaching credit, but a faculty member may not earn more than 6 credits through chairing Ph.D. dissertations. Faculty can fulfill the workload minimum criterion by summing classroom and equivalent teaching credits.
Rule 12.03.99.M1 requires a workload report for all faculty members generated every semester by the Office of Instructional Studies with inputs from the Department and Dean. This Office provides the Dean of Faculties and the Provost with this information and notes any faculty member who is out of compliance. The report generated every semester shows the out of compliance faculty first, and then computes workload averages by college and then by department. Finally the workload for every faculty member, with their required workload is shown. The Dean of faculties follows up with department heads to inquire about the reasons why faculty members are out of compliance. In general, it is very rare for individual faculty, much less departments and colleges to be out of compliance with teaching workload requirements. For example, in the Spring of 2010 all but seven of the faculty were in compliance when considering their classroom teaching and equivalent teaching credits. Of the faculty members not in compliance, five were on sick leave, one was listed as deceased, and one did not teach because the class to which he was assigned did not make. The average classroom teaching credits (CTC) per total faculty was 8.9 (virtually the teaching workload requirements at the university level were fulfilled by classroom teaching credits alone). When equivalent credits were added, the average total teaching credit (TTC) was 11.9. However, the true TTC average is likely to be much higher. Note that once a faculty member satisfies the minimum criterion of 9, department heads are not obligated to account for all equivalent credits that faculty member earns. Thus, for most faculty members, particularly tenure-track faculty, the official total teaching workload underestimates their actual total teaching credit load. Above is a summary for the last five academic years (fall only).