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Appendix K

Policy on Workload Compensation for Departmental Leadership

(formally Appendix T)

The responsibilities of chairing a department or directing a program at Barnard are significant, affecting, sometimes profoundly, many individuals and groups:  the person who serves as chair or director; the faculty, staff and majors of the department or program; students served by the department or program in introductory and service courses;  faculty colleagues in other disciplines; administrators; alumnae; parents; and the general public.

In June 2005, a new policy was introduced which lead to some changes in the course releases and/or stipends offered to department chairs and program directors.  It was based on an analysis of many factors that contribute to the complexity of a unit’s existence, including number of full-time faculty, number of adjuncts, extent of administrative support, complexity of the non-personnel budget and facilities, and student load (number of majors and total enrollments).  It was always envisioned that the distribution of course releases and stipends offered would be reviewed every several years to ensure that the data in intervening years continued to justify the course release(s) and/or stipend.

Planning for implementation of a 2+2 course load in the humanities and social sciences for faculty in continuing professorial titles spurred such a review this fall, as now each course release awarded has increased workload value.  Recent data regarding department/program complexity (budgetary and physical) was assembled so that this information could inform the review as well.  This fall I developed a draft revision in the compensation categories, consulted with the FBPC, and revised it in accord with their suggestions.  Members of the FBPC suggested that higher weight be given to factors requiring substantial investments of the chair’s time – personnel reviews, hiring and supervision of large numbers of adjuncts, etc.

You will find below the new chart of categories of compensation that will go into effect for the 2011-12 academic year.  You should use this document as you plan your teaching and budget for next year.  Should you wish to argue for a change in designation, you may do so by writing to me.  Please understand that there will be a high bar (and you will need strong evidence) to warrant a change.  Please also understand that these allocations for departmental leadership assume an “average” year.  The opportunity to apply to me for the additional course releases for extraordinary administrative duties and service will continue, although again, the workload will have to be fully justified in the context of the new 2+2 load for faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

I remind you that some chairs and program directors serve as acting chair or acting director for another unit on occasion, e.g. when covering another faculty member’s leave.  In such cases of “double duty,” i.e. serving in an acting capacity while already serving as chair or director and receiving course release, an additional stipend of $750. will be offered for each semester served.

As you know, the compensation units are in the form of time (course releases) and stipends (taxable salary paid to the chair or designee).  Stipends may be aggregated and cashed in for time at the rate of $6000 per course release.  Course releases and stipends may be accumulated over several years so that, at the end of a multi-year period (at least three, preferably four years) of successful, continuous service, a petition for a full semester’s paid leave will be entertained.

Going forward, the categorization of departments and programs will be reviewed by the FBPC at intervals of approximately five years to assess whether there has been substantial change in the various factors that affect the workload of the chairs or program directors.  Departments or programs wishing to have the designation of workload compensation changed on a continuing basis (as opposed to petitioning me for an incremental and temporary change because of unusually high workload) may bring a proposal to the FBPC for consideration; a full rationale for the change is required.

Categories of Compensation for Leadership of Academic Departments and Programs

Revised January 19, 2011

A. Stipend of $1500 per year.  

  • German
  • Italian

B. One course release every other consecutive year OR stipend of $3000 per year

  • Human Rights
  • Women Poets

C. Two course releases in every three-consecutive-year period OR stipend of $4000 annually

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Music    
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Slavic

D. One course release for every two semesters served (one per year)

  • Anthropology
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
  • Art History
  • Art History visual arts director (on six course load)
  • Education
  • First Year Seminar
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • French language coordinator (on six course load)
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American Cultures
  • Spanish language coordinator (on six course load)
  • Urban Studies
  • Women’s Studies

E. One course release for every two semesters served (one per year) and $1500 for each semester served ($3000 per year). The course release and stipend may be shared between the chair and a department representative or assistant chair.

  • History
  • Political Science

F. One course release for each semester served (two per year).  The course releases may be divided between the chair and a department representative or assistant chair.

  • Architecture
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Education (on a six course load)

G. One course release and $1500 for each semester served (two courses and $3000 per year).  The course releases and stipends may be shared between chair and a department representative or assistant chair.

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Theatre

Revised January 2011

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