You should have received your fall SWF assignment by May 18th. We encourage all faculty to review their SWF’s carefully. All too often faculty accept SWF’s that do not accurately represent the work they are actually doing during the semester. Keep in mind some of the basic rules and restrictions on SWF’s:
- You do not need to accept more than four separate course preps. You can accept more, but make sure that you can handle the work load and that the time you spend in prep and evaluation is being properly attributed.
- The preparation factor for a course depends on how familiar you are with the course material. You get the highest prep factor (1.1 per contact hour) for a new course, and the lowest (0.35 per contact hour) for a repeated section. Many factors come in to play in establishing what factor to assign a course: Has it been over 3 years since you taught the course? Has the course content changed significantly? Make sure that the prep factor reflects the time you will be putting in.
- The evaluation/feedback columns depend on the type of evaluation you do in your course. The lowest factor is given for “In-Process” evaluation (done in class as the student is doing the work), with the highest for “Essay” type where significant interpretation of the student work is required.
Remember to always seek the advice of a union steward if you have questions about your SWF, and refer your SWF to the Workload Monitoring Group if you are unable to come to a mutual agreement on your workload with your supervisor.