Part III: Evidence for Meeting Each Standard

Standard Six: Unit Governance and Resources

The unit has the leadership authority, budget, personnel, facilities, and resources including information technology resources, for the preparation of candidates to meet professional, state, and institutional standards.

Element Three: Personnel

Workload policies and practices for College of Education faculty are first governed by the University Handbook that states in Chapter 4.3.5 Workload: The 1.0 FTE workload is 24 credit hours or its equivalent per academic year, but the appropriate dean or program director may allow deviations from this definition. The College of Education modifies this 24 semester-hour requirement in the following ways:

  1. In order to ensure that candidates have faculty members who support them throughout their programs, all COE faculty members are placed on a 1.1 contract.
  2. All COE faculty members on a 1.1 contract are released from teaching 3 semester hours during their contract for general advising of COE candidates.
  3. The standard 1.1 full-time contract is defined as a 24-semester hour load for teaching, supervision, program coordination, advising, scholarship, and service. Should the 1.1 contract be prorated faculty members would be responsible for an additional 2.4 credit hours of teaching. However, to ensure high-quality faculty engagement in teaching, scholarship, assessment, advising, work in schools, and service the load hours are kept at the 24 semester-credit limit. In effect, no faculty member’s full-time contract requires more than 79.5% of their load devoted to teaching.
  4. COE faculty members are released from teaching strategically for the purpose of specialized advising, program coordination, NCATE coordination, and COE initiatives.
  5. COE faculty members on a 0.625 or greater contract are eligible for university benefits.
  6. Depending upon program, faculty members spread their full-time contracts over two or three semesters a year.
  7. Faculty members are limited to six hours of overload teaching per year.
  8. Faculty overload contracts are based on $1500 per semester credit of teaching.
  9. Student teaching supervision load is based on 0.67 semester credit per candidate.
  10. Faculty salaries are based on College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA) averages for comparative institutions.

Given these principles, faculty members actively contribute professionally to community, state, regional, and national organizations. The COE budget systematically encourages faculty members to be involved in these activities through the following faculty development opportunities:

  1. Full-time faculty members are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to attend national professional conferences when they are presenting and up to $500 for attendance at conferences and workshops when they are not presenting.
  2. Each full-time faculty member in the COE is eligible to receive up to $200 to defray the cost of membership in professional organizations and the cost of subscriptions to professional journals.
  3. Full-time faculty members are eligible to spend up to $400 to acquire professional materials such as books, videos, software, or instructional materials.
  4. Faculty members who use their personal vehicles to travel to schools for the supervision of student teachers or for other authorized business of the College of Education are currently reimbursed at the rate of $0.485 per mile.

The College of Education does not currently offer on-line only courses. Thus, no formal policy is in place for these courses. Currently, faculty members who use web-based course management systems to support face-to-face teaching receive no change in course load. These courses are ordinarily taught as a hybrid of on-line and face-to-face instruction.

The Unit’s Use Of Part-Time Faculty

The COE does not offer a doctoral program and the majority of instruction is at the master’s level. Thus, the COE does not regularly employ graduate teaching assistants. However, the COE strategically hires P-12 practitioners with advanced degrees as part-time faculty members. As the table below shows, part-time faculty members have consistently averaged less than 30% of the total credits taught per year. The 10-year average is 26.5%.

Table 6.3.1
Ratio of Part-Time (Adjunct) and Full-Time Faculty

1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
Faculty
11
231
12
242
14
284
16
346
21
415
Adjuncts
33
65
30
92
24
66
34
168
30
163
Percent Taught by Adjuncts
21.9%
27.5%
18.9%
32.7%
28.2%
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
#
Cr.
Faculty
23
437
24
456
24
456
18
378
19
399
Adjuncts
33
158
35
180
32
132
41
154
49
170
Percent Taught by Adjuncts
26.6%
28.3%
22.4%
28.9%
29.9%

These part-time faculty members play a very important role in providing specific teaching strategies, methodology, assessments, and discipline-based standards for candidates in subject specialties. Many of these part-time faculty members have worked for the COE for a number of years and have provided excellent instruction as well as continuity to area school districts.

The Assistant Deans on both campuses are the linchpins for hiring, orienting part-time faculty to campus, informing them of COE standards for syllabi, and evaluating their performance as teachers. COE assistants provide excellent and valuable services to part-time faculty members by assisting them with processes, providing photocopying services, connecting them with students, and making them feel like an important part of the COE.

Though part-time faculty members are not present at College of Education faculty meetings they regularly interact with full-time faculty members who teach similar courses and oversee programs. Their opinions are valued concerning changes that need to be made in programs or regarding confusion by candidates in relation to program requirements. They are also invited to social events.

Clinical faculty (university supervisors and school mentor teachers) are extremely important members of the COE. They provide the final “polish” as candidates finish their programs. As mentioned previously, university supervisors and mentor teachers are trained by the Assistant Deans to work with COE candidates according to NCATE and TSPC standards. Clinical faculty members provide the final summative evaluation as to whether candidates meet the standards for their licenses and endorsements. These summative decisions are accepted as final decisions. When clinical faculty members have concerns about candidates, COE processes, or COE faculty and staff these concerns are taken seriously and investigated quickly.

Part-time clinical faculty members receive remuneration for their involvement with candidates. Part-time university supervisors are given the same faculty load for working with candidates as full-time faculty members (0.67 semester credit per student teacher). School-based mentor teachers are provided stipends for attending training ($50.00), stipends for working directly with student teachers ($150 to $367 depending on location and length), and credit vouchers for taking coursework (3 to 4 semester hours of credit at no cost).

Support Personnel

The College of Education provides support personnel at both campuses to enhance the effectiveness of faculty in their teaching and mentoring of candidates. These include program assistants (2), COE campus-wide assistants/field placement director/registrar (3), budget manager (1), COE admissions director and counselor (1.5), technology coordinator (1), and assistant deans (2). These support personnel provide various roles in support of faculty. Each is involved in key decision making for program and unit success. Many of them attend campus and COE faculty meetings and contribute to the decisions made by faculty regarding programs, candidates, and COE mission and direction.

Faculty Professional Development Activities

The College of Education maintains institutional membership in a variety of organizations to encourage dialogue and skill development for faculty members. These include membership in the following: American Association of Teacher Education (AACTE); Oregon Association of Teacher Education (ORATE); Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA); Oregon Middle Level Consortium; Oregon Technology Education Network (OTEN), and the Oregon Reading Association. The COE has sponsored OTEN and ORATE conferences on its campuses.

A family in the Eugene area has given support for the past three years to release a faculty member to spend one-day a week providing professional development opportunities for faculty and parents interested in serving talented and gifted students. Part of this faculty member’s time is also devoted to directly counseling with talented and gifted P-12 students to find the best learning opportunities for their specific needs.