Department of Kinesiology

Workload Model - Instructional Academic Staff

(Approved by the Executive Committee October 8, 2010)

Workload Unit Allocations

An annual full-time (9 month) workload is 24 units. Units are assigned using the following model:

Instruction (units are for one semester or equivalent length courses):

Lecture: 1 contact hour = 1 unit of load; Courses with less than 12 students may be adjusted to fewer units of load after review; Sections with more than 45 students (assumes course is taught without support of GTA or Reader) will be weighted as follows:

  • 46-60 students: 1 contact hour = 1.5 units of load
  • 60 + students: 1 contact hour = 2 units of load
Lab/Discussion/Activity Courses:

1 contact hour = .75 unit of load; Lab sections with less than 8 students may be adjusted to fewer units of load after review

Undergraduate Field Experience/Work Courses:

1 contact hour = 1 unit of load; an additional unit of load may be awarded for establishing/supervising field experience/work site

Internship Course:

5 units of load are assigned for supervision and evaluation of internship placement sites

Administration (units are for one academic year):

Undergraduate Coordinator: 6 units of load

Clinical Coordinator (Establishment of sites and coordinates necessary contracts and program memoranda, coordinates student background checks, coordinates student placement):
3 - 6 units of load dependent upon number of students and majors/submajor

Administrative Assistant to Chair:
1 - 6 units of load dependent upon assigned duties


Upon submission of a Scholarship Plan (no later than January 31 of each calendar year), and with approval of their respective Program Director & Executive Committee, instructional academic staff may be awarded 0.50 – 1.50 units per year to focus on scholarship activities related to their teaching responsibilities.


The expectation of staff is that they be actively engaged in governance and unpaid professional service at the Department, College, University, and/or professional levels. As such, each full-time staff member will receive 1.5 workload credits per year to engage in service. Staff members with less than full-time appointments will meet service expectations proportional to percent appointment.