Workload

The information in this manual provides guidance on implementing policy but in all instances, the policies are binding and take precedence over the information provided in this manual.

Introduction

In February 2011 an agreement was reached on the policy and procedures surrounding workload for Faculty and Librarians.  As stated in PDAD&C #51, 2010-11: -

"The University of Toronto Workload Policy and Procedures for Faculty and Librarians (WLPP) sets out the principles governing the establishment and assignment of workload for faculty and librarians across the University. The WLPP recognizes that the assignment of workload should be done at the local level and has to be flexible enough to recognize the unique mission of individual units and the types of appointments that faculty members and librarians hold. The WLPP acknowledges the importance of transparency in the process of workload allocation with decisions about the assignment of teaching and service being made in accordance with criteria known to all those working in the unit. The WLPP identifies the kinds of factors which can be taken into account in assigning the teaching and service workload and has some specific provisions for teaching-stream faculty and librarians."

Relevant Policies and Documents

University of Toronto Workload Policy and Procedures for Faculty and Librarians (WLPP)

UTFA Arbitration Award for July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011 (see Schedule B: Workload Issues Resolved)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Workload Policy and Procedures

Memorandum of Agreement

Process

All faculty and librarians across the University will be covered by a Unit Workload Policy (a unit is defined as single department faculty, a department within a multi-department faculty, an Institute, Centre or School (with EDU A or B status) or a College). Each unit will be expected to establish a Unit Workload Policy Committee to create and maintain a Unit Workload Policy, including workload norms, standards or ranges. The committee will be chaired by the chair, dean or principal and the membership will reflect the range of appointments held within the unit. Librarians across the three campuses will have a single Librarian Workload Policy Committee chaired by the Chief Librarian.

Unit committees will be expected to set a Unit Workload Policy that  is consistent with both Article 8 of the Memorandum of Agreement and the WLPP. The Unit Workload Policy  requires approval from either the Dean (in multi-department faculties) or the Provost (in single-department faculties) and must  be reviewed at least every three years.

Unit committees will be expected to set a Unit Workload Policy that  is consistent with both Article 8 of the Memorandum of Agreement and the WLPP. The Unit Workload Policy  requires approval from either the Dean (in multi-department faculties) or the Provost (in single-department faculties) and must  be reviewed at least every three years.

Until a new Unit Workload policy has been established and approved,  previous unit practices concerning workload will apply.

Individual teaching and service responsibilities will be assigned by the Unit head (or in the case of a librarian the person to whom the librarian reports) in accordance with the WLPP, the Unit Workload Policy, and other factors relevant to the individual.

The University and UTFA have agreed that a joint committee will be established to examine workload matters for faculty and librarians at both UTM and UTSC.

Cross Appointments

Where faculty members hold budgetary cross-appointments or their main graduate appointment outside their primary unit of appointment, the WLPP provides that there should be an annual meeting between the faculty member and relevant unit heads and/or graduate chair to discuss workload and  resolve any conflicts in expectations between units. 

Disputes

The WLPP also sets out the way in which complaints about the assignment of workload under the WLPP or the Unit Workload Policy from faculty members or librarians will be handled.