Faculty Policies



Faculty   |   Approved June 6, 1995

Responsible VP/AVP

Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS

Revision History

Approved by the President, June 6, 1995

Policy Statement

I. Overview

The mission of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is to advance knowledge in health care, law, social work, and related disciplines through teaching, research, and service; to promote partnerships and develop interdisciplinary/interprofessional programs that address critical issues in these areas; to assist in the integration and transfer of new knowledge; and to play a significant role in shaping health care, legal, and social services for Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region. The faculty is essential to UMB's attainment of this mission.

Teaching, research, and service each represents important and expected responsibilities for UMB faculty members. The UMB faculty provides instruction in baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, first professional degree, and continuing education programs in the health, biomedical science and technology, social work, and legal professions. This instruction plays a vital role in educating the next generation of practitioners, academicians, and leaders in these fields.

UMB faculty conduct research, most of which is externally funded. This research and related scholarly activities bring significant recognition and financial support to the University. UMB faculty also provide an extensive array of direct patient care and other services to persons and organizations in the state. These strong research and service programs are essential to the maintenance of a strong teaching program and contribute significantly to faculty salaries.

UMB faculty are expected to meet their responsibilities in teaching, research/scholarship, and service independently and in full accord with both institutional expectations and established tenets of academic freedom. The UMB Policy on Faculty Workload and Responsibilities provides the framework for the more detailed school policies and defines the process for ensuring accountability in meeting those guidelines.

II. Application

The UMB Policy applies to the following individuals:

1. All persons holding tenured and tenure-track positions who are classified as faculty and are so reported to the Maryland Higher Education Commission through the Employee Data System;

2. All persons who, while holding faculty rank, are classified as administrators and are so reported to the Maryland Higher Education Commission through the Employee Data System, and perform their administrative duties at the level of academic department or equivalent academic unit, including chairs, assistant chairs, program director, etc.;

3. All persons who, while neither tenured nor on the tenure track, are employed full time by UMB, are classified as instructional/clinical teaching faculty in non-tenured ranks with school designations and are so reported to the Maryland Higher Education Commission through the Employee Data System; and

4. All persons who, while neither tenured nor on the tenure track, are employed full time by UMB, are classified as research faculty in non-tenured research ranks and are so reported to the Maryland Higher Education Commission through the Employee Data System, and whose salaries are supported, in whole or in part, by state funds.

This policy does not apply to individuals who hold faculty rank but who are assigned to administrative duties outside the department or equivalent academic units, for example, deans, vice presidents, and president. The policy also does not apply to individuals classified as research faculty whose salary is fully supported by non-state funds, such as federal research grants.

III. Responsibilities

The UMB Policy was developed in conjunction with the UMB faculty and administration and approved by the President. The policy outlines workload expectations for faculty in each of the six schools at UMB and describes processes used to assign and review faculty effort in teaching, research/scholarship, and service.

In the Dental School and the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, the responsibility for workload assignments and accountability mechanisms resides with the Department Chairs and the Dean. In the Schools of Law and Social Work, the responsibility rests with the Associate Dean and the Dean. In all schools, individual faculty assignments are made for the following academic year in the spring, based upon the instructional needs, research and scholarly commitments, clinic and service responsibilities, and administrative requirements. Faculty workload assignments are reviewed annually by each Dean and monitored throughout the year by the appropriate Chair and/or Associate Dean or Dean. Adjustments can be made, if appropriate, due to changing circumstances.

IV. Faculty Workload Expectations

Each of the six schools has developed a separate faculty workload policy. Each policy is based on that school's respective teaching, research, and service mission and enables compliance with accreditation requirements for that profession.

Four of the UMB professional schools (Dental, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy) do not use traditional credit hour or "course unit" designations. The design of the curricula in these schools includes extensive and integrated clinical instruction on and off campus, as well as instructional units which are grouped into time periods longer or shorter than three hours and are different from traditional semester time frames. Also, faculty often teach their areas of expertise across many components of the curriculum, rather than in a specific course taught by one faculty member.

In addition, since there can be overlap in function, department chairs and faculty may have difficulty quantifying workload effort into one category. For example, clinical faculty may be providing direct patient care to a participant in a research study while also providing supervision and instruction to students, residents, or specialty fellows. Nonetheless, each of these schools has specific guidelines and/or standards which guide assignments and expectations.

The Schools of Nursing and Social Work are also involved extensively in clinical education, outreach to the community, service, and research. However, the curriculum designs in the Schools of Social Work and Nursing do enable use of the guidelines and conversions to course units used in the USM policy.

All six schools define faculty workload expectations by percent of effort in teaching, research, and service. Each school's policy also defines specific factors which influence workload assignments and the process used to make assignments. Although all faculty members are expected to contribute to the mission of the school and University, relative workload effort among the triad of teaching, research/scholarship, and service may vary according to the type of appointment and nature of assignments. Therefore, each school has percentage ranges for workload expectations by type of appointment and corresponding tenure status. Annual faculty workload expectations, as defined in each school's policy and approved by the President, are specified in this document.

SCHOOL OF NURSING Faculty Instruction Research/Scholarship Service Tenure/tenure 45-55% 35-45% 10-20% track (5-6 Course Units) Non-tenure 65-75% 5-20% 5-30% (School) (7-8 Course Units)

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Faculty Instruction Research/Scholarship Service Tenure/tenure 45-65% 25-45% 10-30% track (5-6 Course Units) Non-tenure 45-65% 10-45% 10-40% (School)

DENTAL SCHOOL1 Faculty Instruction2 Research/Scholarship Service Tenure/tenure 25-60% 25-65% 10-20% track Non-tenure 40-80% 5-40% 15-30% (School and Research)

SCHOOL OF LAW Faculty Instruction Research/Scholarship Service Tenure/tenure 40-50% 30-40% 10-20% track Non-tenure 60-80% 10-20% 20-30% (School)

SCHOOL OF PHARMACY1 Faculty Instruction2 Research/Scholarship Service Tenure/tenure 25-60% 25-65% 0-20% track Non-tenure 40-80% 5-40% 15-30% (School and Research) 1 Ranges of effort in these Schools accommodate the fact that significant proportions of faculty salaries in both the basic and clinical science departments are based on income they generate from research and/or direct patient care activities. For example, in the Medical School, the State budget supports on average only 20% of the salaries of the 745 full-time clinical faculty, who generate the other 80% from external sources such as clinical practice, research grants, and contracts. In the basic science departments in the Medical School, the State budget supports on average 54% of the salaries of the 127 full-time faculty, who generate 46% of their support from external sources. To the extent that faculty generate their support from outside sources such as grants and contracts, their percent of time and effort must reflect their commitment to that funding source. 2 The accompanying reduction of expectations for instruction and/or service (based on non-State support) should mirror the replacement, whenever possible, of salary support by externally funded salary support. However, it is expected that faculty will devote, at a minimum, the percentage of time to teaching as noted.



Instruction /Supervision2      

Research Scholarship /                    


Direct Patient Care

Basic Science

Tenured/tenure track





Non-tenure (School)         












Clinical Science

Tenured/tenure track





Non-tenure (School)         












V. Factors Considered When Workload Expectations are Assigned

Faculty assignments are determined by the appropriate Department Chair or Associate Dean and may be altered based on the following factors:

1. Instruction. Exceptions from the school's instructional expectation may be based on a number of factors including class size, development of new courses, modality of instruction (including distance education), level of instruction, degree of responsibility for administering unit of instruction, and/or type of evaluation mechanisms employed.

2. Departmental Administration. Assumption of responsibility for the functions of Chair, Program Director, or for special departmental projects may require reduction of expectations for service, research/scholarship, or instruction. The reduction is dependent on the size of the department and the scope of administrative responsibilities.

3. Departmental and Sponsored Research. If assignment of additional time for research can be supported by either departmental or external funds and with the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean, a reduction of expectations for instruction and/or service may be authorized. In those instances where the research is supported by externally funded grants and/or contracts, the accompanying reduction of expectations for instruction and/or service should mirror the replacement, whenever possible, or salary support by externally funded salary support.

4. Service. Public and professional service are expected of all faculty; however, there may be certain instances when this expectation requires an unusual commitment of effort, e.g., for faculty with heavy clinical responsibilities. Assignment of additional time in areas of service and the consequent reduction of expectations for teaching and/or research/ scholarship should be directly related to the duration and the extensiveness of the commitment.

5. New Faculty. Assignments for new faculty must take into consideration their need to develop new courses and begin a research program in order to become established in their assigned role.

VI. Accountability

The procedures established within each school for the systematic annual review of faculty will recognize outstanding performance and establish consequences for not meeting expectations. In each school, annual reports documenting faculty workload assignments and productivity are completed each spring/summer for the previous academic year (calendar year for Pharmacy). Reports include teaching activities over the prior year; scholarly endeavors, as measured by presentations and publications from research and other scholarly work; grants and contracts submitted or awarded; public service, including clinical practice, community, and professional service; and participation in university and school governance activities. Reports submitted by each faculty member are reviewed by the appropriate Department Chair or Associate Dean, and a summary report is submitted to each Dean annually. Each Dean submits the school's accountability report annually to the President. The President then submits a campus accountability report to the Chancellor as prescribed in the USM Policy on Faculty Workload and Responsibilities.

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