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Faculty Workload in a Research Intensive University: A Case Study


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  • Manuel Crespo


  • Denis Bertrand
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    The literature on faculty workload reports differences in worked weekly hours and in the distribution of total time allocated to teaching, research, and service. Some differences are also reported concerning faculty workload by gender, academic rank, and disciplinary sectors. This study analyzes self-reported faculty workload in a Canadian research intensive university. It introduces a new way of measuring time on task by calculating it in a “typical most loaded month” an in a “typical less loaded month”. Results show an average weekly workload of 56.97 hours of which 44.1% is allocated to teaching, 35.2% to research, 5.8% to administrative tasks and 14.8% to service. There are few differences in faculty workload by gender, academic rank, and disciplinary sectors. Overall, self-reported faculty workload has increased in the last decade partly because of electronic communications and procedures and on-line pedagogical activities.

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    Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Project Reports with number 2013rp-11.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jun 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:cir:cirpro:2013rp-11

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    Keywords: Faculty workload; teaching; research; service; faculty workload increase; most loaded month; less loaded month; time on task; case study;

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    1. Link, Albert N. & Swann, Christopher A. & Bozeman, Barry, 2008. "A time allocation study of university faculty," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 363-374, August.
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    1. A look at faculty workload
      by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2013-08-22 15:59:00
    2. Not so lazy lecturers
      by jamesz in The Invisible Hand in Economics on 2013-08-23 10:03:59


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