Faculty senators discussed the course load of professors and Tuition Revenue Bonds as part of a Board of Regents recap during their meeting Wednesday.
Faculty Senate members discussed comments made by a regent at the Texas State University System Board of Regents meeting Oct. 24 regarding faculty workloads. Faculty Senate Chair Michel Conroy, art and design senator, said Regent David Montagne said faculty members now have 25 percent greater than they did before becoming an Emerging Research Institution. Conroy said Montagne explained the increased workload can be attributed to extra time being put toward projects.
Vedaraman Sriraman, engineering technology senator, voiced concern at Wednesday’s meeting about the current credit hour requirement for full-time faculty. He said in his department there are junior faculty members who teach two courses and senior faculty are required to have a larger teaching schedule to account for an increased student enrollment.
Debra Feakes, vice chair and chemistry and biochemistry senator, said chemistry professors have handled high student enrollment numbers by offering classes with larger group sizes. She said the administration is sympathetic to the workload for full-time faculty, and they welcome suggestions for improvement.
Conroy said Montagne also gave brief comments before the board of regents meeting identifying the success of the university, Conroy said.
“(Montagne) popped in and gave a pep talk about us being the 19th largest system in the nation, fastest growing, least expensive and third largest in the state,” Conroy said.
Conroy said another issue discussed during the Oct. 24 board of regents meeting was renaming Tuition Revenue Bonds as a result of limited support from legislators. Regents suggested the name change to ensure legislators would not misconstrue the bonds, Conroy said.
“There is so much sensitivity with tuition,” Conroy said. “Tuition is going up and there is so much inference that universities are just running wild and raising tuition.”
Conroy said the current use of the word “tuition” can be wrongly interpreted in determining how to allocate funds.
University officials are hoping for a Tuition Revenue Bond to receive enough funding toward the construction of a new science and engineering building and to begin construction on the Round Rock Campus, she said.