Please note that many policies governing faculty affairs at BU Wheelock are currently undergoing revision. Because of this, we ask you to consider these pages “under construction” and all content within them unofficial.

The work of faculty members in Wheelock falls into three categories: teaching, scholarship, and service. Each faculty member has a workload that is composed of eight parts. While each faculty member’s workload will vary, typical workloads are structured in one of three ways:

Typical Workloads Teaching Scholarship Service
Research Active 4 (50% FTE) 2 (25% FTE) 2 (25% FTE)
Clinically Active 5 (62.5% FTE) 1 (12.5% FTE) 2 (25% FTE)
Teaching Active 6 (75% FTE) 0 (0% FTE) 2 (25% FTE)

Just as a faculty member’s specific work will change year to year, workloads are also adjusted annually to reflect the tasks undertaken by each faculty member and to meet the needs of Wheelock.

Faculty members propose workloads annually to their Program Directors in the Fall of the preceding year. Example: AY16-17 workloads are proposed in Fall 2015.

Program Directors work with each faculty member in their program to ensure the appropriate coverage of classes and service roles. Program Directors may also consult with their Department Chair or other Program Directors within their department to ensure course coverage.

These workloads are then submitted to the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for initial review. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will review each workload, seeking clarification and making adjustments when needed. Once the initial review is complete, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs holds meetings with the Dean to review and finalize the workloads. Each faculty member receives a final copy of their workload from the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the upcoming year in the spring. Program Directors will also receive final copies of the workloads for all faculty in their program area. Questions about workload should be directed to the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.


Off-cycle adjustments to workloads happen frequently. These adjustments can occur for a variety of reasons. Examples: Faculty members may receive a grant that buys out some of their time from teaching; the Dean may request that a faculty member take on an additional service role; or a colleague may take a leave from teaching or service, requiring these responsibilities to be redistributed.

As soon as faculty members believe that an adjustment to their workload may be warranted, they should discuss the matter with their Program Director and then the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for guidance and approval. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs works in consultation with the Dean to make and finalize all workload adjustments.