Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2170

Faculty Workload and Reporting Requirements



Effective August 22, 2019
Executive Sponsor: Executive Vice-President and Provost
Policy Owner: Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs


  1. Policy Statement

The University of Texas at Austin ("University") faculty members contribute to the university's core purpose to transform lives for the benefit of society through excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity as well as advancement of student success through teaching and advising activities. Therefore, teaching, basic and applied research, creative activities, service, administrative activities, and professional development are important elements of faculty workloads.

  1. Reason for Policy

To establish a workload policy for University faculty, along with the reporting requirements associated with faculty workload, in compliance with Regents' Rules and Regulations Rule 31006 , and Texas Education Code Section 51.402.

  1. Scope & Audience

This policy applies to all University faculty members (except those faculty at the Dell Medical School) who hold a title defined in Regents' Rules and Regulations Rule 31001.

  1. Definitions (specific to this policy)


  1. Website (for policy)


  1. Contacts





Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost


Phone: 512-471-4363




  1. Responsibilities & Procedures

Faculty members at the University have workload responsibility in the following broad areas:


Each college/school or department shall establish, publish, and monitor a workload policy that sets forth equitable and fair guidelines that permit each department and/or program to best deploy its faculty members in accordance with this policy, and in alignment with university, college/school, and department missions.


The workload guidelines shall address and give appropriate weight to the instructional, research/scholarship, service, and professional development responsibilities and expectations of tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as non-tenure track faculty.


Department guidelines must expressly address how workload will be re-balanced or other steps that may be taken when a faculty member is not meeting departmental expectations in a certain area (as when, for example, a tenured faculty member ceases to be research active as defined by the relevant college or department).


Each department chair (or other designee in a non-departmentalized college) is responsible for ensuring that each faculty member within the academic unit is in compliance with the stated faculty workload guidelines.


Each dean is responsible for reviewing and approving the workload policy(s) in their departments and/or college/school, which shall include consultation with faculty in the affected college/school. Workload policies must be filed with the Provost's Office once every three years. Deans are responsible for submitting a completed annual report to the Provost's Office regarding compliance with this policy.


The Executive Vice President and Provost's Office is responsible for reporting faculty workload information to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and to University of Texas System Administration.

  1. Forms & Tools


  1. Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Related Information

Regents' Rules and Regulations, Rule 31006 

Regents' Rules and Regulations, Rule 31001

Texas Education Code, Section 51.402 


  1. History