Article 20: Workloads

20.01 Provisions for the workloads of Members holding appointments as professional librarians, instructors or professional counsellors are contained respectively in Article 11, Article 12, and Article 13. This Article 20 applies to the workloads of Members holding other appointments. The workloads of Members appointed to one of the research ranks specified in Article 10 shall be determined taking due account of any special responsibilities or duties associated with the research appointment. The workloads for Continuing Education Members shall take account of their special duties and responsibilities and shall be determined in accordance with Article 37.

20.02 Subject to Clause 20.03, or unless specifically provided otherwise in an individual letter of appointment, Members are employed by the University for a period of twelve months in each year, including holidays and vacations as provided in this Collective Agreement, to carry out the duties and responsibilities described in Article 17 on a full-time basis.

20.03 The specific workload of a part-time Member shall be authorized in accordance with the Member’s letter of appointment and the subsequent provisions of this Article 20.

20.04 A Member’s workload normally includes, in varying proportions, the duties indicated in Article 17, namely:

(a) undergraduate and/or graduate teaching;

(b) research, scholarly, artistic and/or professional activity;

(c) academic administration within Dalhousie University;

(d) professional responsibilities outside Dalhousie University.

Unless otherwise indicated in the Member’s letter of appointment, or unless this conflicts with established practice within the Member’s Department or other unit, (a) and (b) constitute the Member’s principal duties.


(a) The undergraduate and/or graduate classes to be taught by a Member, and other significant teaching responsibilities assigned to a Member, shall be defined within the Member’s Department, School or College, where such units exist or within the Member’s Faculty in Faculties where no Departments, Schools or Colleges exist. In Faculties having Departments, Schools or Colleges, the teaching component of a Member’s workload shall then be recommended by the Chairperson, Head or Director and approved by the Dean. In Faculties without Departments, Schools or Colleges, the teaching component of a Member’s workload shall be authorized by the Dean.

(b) Following the approval of the Dean, the Chairperson, Head or Director will make reasonable effort by March 1 of each academic year, to inform each Member the details of his/her teaching assignment for the next academic year.

(c) Unless otherwise agreed by the Member, a Member’s teaching duties shall be contained within two of the three academic terms per year. Where there is a trimester system in effect, the Member shall have the right to one complete term free of teaching duties in each academic year.

(d) The Department Chair, Head or Director shall distribute a list of the teaching assignments approved by the Dean for all Members in the department or other such unit by the first day of classes for each term.

(e) In order that a Member may balance the need for time to prepare new courses and to establish a research program, when the Member is appointed to a probationary tenure-track position, the Member will be given a teaching and administrative workload that is less than the normal teaching and administrative workload for the Department or other such unit for the first two years of the Member’s appointment.

20.06 Significant academic administrative duties within Dalhousie University and/or professional responsibilities outside Dalhousie University shall be noted in the recommendation of the Chairperson, Head or Director, and in the approval or authorization of the Dean.

20.07 Upon request from the appropriate Dean, Members shall submit a statement of research, scholarly, artistic, and/or professional activities planned or anticipated in the subsequent year. Also upon request from the Dean, Members shall submit at the end of the year a statement indicating changes in and progress toward the planned or anticipated activities.

20.08 A Member’s workload may include the teaching of scheduled instruction during evening hours, during summer sessions, in a second department, or other unit with Dalhousie University, or off-campus teaching as provided in Article 21. Such teaching duties may be assigned in accordance with existing arrangements within Departments or other teaching units made prior to the signing of this Collective Agreement. Any arrangements for assigning such teaching duties made subsequent to the signing of this Collective Agreement shall be made within Departments or other teaching units and shall include provisions for the agreement of the Member or Members affected. Any such arrangements shall be subject to the approval of the Deans of the Faculties involved.

Such teaching shall not be considered overload teaching if appropriate reductions are made in the other teaching or academic administrative responsibilities of the Member or Members concerned. Members doing overload teaching shall receive an overload stipend.

20.09 With the agreement of the Member concerned and in accordance with the policies and procedures existing within the Departments or other teaching units for establishing a normal teaching workload, the Dean may approve or authorize overload teaching within a Member’s Department, School, College or Faculty, or off-campus as provided in Article 21, for a Member whose composite workload for the year is otherwise considered full-time. In such cases Members shall be entitled to an overload stipend. Overload teaching in another unit of Dalhousie University is dealt with in Article 22.