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The normal activities of professorial faculty include teaching, research, and service. CAS policy calculates that professorial faculty devote approximately 20% of their academic-year effort to service and have 80% of their academic-year effort available for teaching and research. For research-active faculty, we consider that on average, half of that remaining effort is devoted to teaching and half to research.
A regular, full-time faculty member can reduce their teaching load in order to devote more time to research if external grant funding is available to support a portion of their academic-year base salary. The specific guideline is that a faculty member with an average teaching load of N courses per academic year may buy out of teaching by providing from grant funds a fraction f = 80%/N of his/her academic-year base salary (plus associated fringe benefits) for each course reduction in teaching load. In cases of NIH funding, the fraction f will be applied to the NIH salary cap for nine months.
Full-time Lecturers with grant funding may also request course buyout by providing from grant funds a fraction f = 100%/N of his/her academic-year base salary (plus associated fringe benefits) for each course reduction in teaching load. For example, a full-time Lecturer with a six-course teaching load would need to provide 16.67% of base salary (plus associated fringe benefits) for each course buyout.
All teaching buyouts require the approval of the department Chair and may not be allowed if the teaching mission would be impaired.
Questions or specific cases can be discussed with the appropriate divisional Associate Dean.