Workload Guidelines

The Department of Psychology is a research-intensive department in the Faculty of Social Science, with a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education. Faculty members contribute to the Department, Faculty, and University in a variety of ways, including conducting scholarly research and communicating the results through publication, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and supervising undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in the administrative life of the Department, Faculty, and University.

The present guidelines apply to Full-Time faculty members on probationary and tenured appointments, who are normally expected to contribute to each of research, teaching, and service and those on limited term appointments who are normally expected to have the greatest part of their workload in teaching. The guidelines are established in accordance with the conditions of the UWO-UWOFA Collective Agreement. For the purpose of performance evaluation, faculty members will be given a rating by the Annual Performance Evaluation Committee for each of research, teaching, and service, as well as an overall rating reflecting a 40:40:20 weighting of the three categories for full-time probationary/tenured faculty and with a greater weighting on the teaching component proportionate to the number of courses designated on the appointments letter for faculty on limited term contracts. Although some variation in Normal Workload is expected and appropriate, any
2significant deviation in activity across the three areas of academic responsibility should be reflected in an agreement regarding Alternative Workload or Reduced Responsibility as provided for in the Collective Agreement


The UWO Psychology Department is a research-intensive department and among the most productive psychology departments in Canada. All Full-Time faculty members are expected to be active in scholarly research and to communicate their findings through such avenues as publications and conference presentations. A definition of research is provided in Clauses 3-5 of the Academic Responsibilities of Members article in the Collective Agreement.

As a normal research workload, faculty members should:

  • maintain an active research program
  • obtain funding for research as necessary
  • publish in peer-reviewed journals or in books (typically 1 or 2 per year)
  • make regular presentations at scientific conferences or in other ways disseminate results of scholarly work



The Psychology Department has important teaching responsibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our goals are to maintain or enhance the current level of educational quality as well as achieve enrollment goals as described in the Department’s Academic Plan. All Full-Time faculty members are expected to be involved to some extent in the education of undergraduate and graduate students. A definition of teaching is provided in Clause 2 of the Academic Responsibilities of Members article in the Collective Agreement.

As a normal teaching workload, faculty members should:

  • teach up to the equivalent of 1.5 full undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year if on a probationary or tenured appointment or up to the number specified in the appointment letter is on a limited term contract
  • supervise graduate students
  • supervise honours thesis students
  • serve on advisory or examining committees for graduate students
  • participate in the comprehensive examination process

It is recognized that the teaching demands of a course can vary based on such things as the size of the class; the requirements for laboratory or tutorial sessions; the need for additional preparation for a course that is new to a faculty member or to the Department; the availability of teaching assistants; the level of the course (e.g., introductory vs. upper year vs. graduate); and the type of instruction involved (e.g., lecture vs. seminar).

It is recognized that the supervision of undergraduate honours students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will count as a component of teaching responsibilities, as will serving on graduate advisory, comprehensive examination and thesis committees.

Tenured faculty members who are not active in graduate supervision will be assigned to teach an additional 0.5 course. Being active in graduate supervision is defined as meeting both of the following criteria:

  • Acting as the primary or joint supervisor for two or more graduate students within the past two years.
  • Serving on proposal and/or thesis examination committee(s) for graduate students.


The successful and efficient operation of the Psychology Department in fulfilling its research and teaching responsibilities depends on the willingness of faculty members to participate in the administration of the Department, Faculty, and University. All Full-Time faculty members are expected to contribute to service, with duties distributed on a fair and equitable basis when possible. A definition of service is provided in Clauses 6-7 of the Academic Responsibilities of Members article in the Collective Agreement.

As a normal service workload, faculty members should:

  • serve on committees in the Psychology Department (typically 1 or 2 per year)
  • serve on Faculty or University committees (typically 1 every year or two)
  • provide ad hoc reviews of journal submissions and grant applications
  • serve in scientific or professional organizations, provided such involvement does not interfere with service duties within the University.


  Year of Application

Vote Result
(by April 15)
Reviewed or Not Reviewed

Ratification Date

Dean Approved /Imposed

Posted in Unit


Not Reviewed






Oct. 2005




Not Reviewed





Reviewed and Revised

Oct. 2007




Not Reviewed





Not Reviewed






April 15, 2010




Not Reviewed

April 15, 2011




Not Reviewed

April 15, 2012


Nov. 16, 2012



April 15, 2013


Jan. 14, 2014


Not Reviewed

April 15, 2014


April 15, 2014


Reviewed and Revised

Nov 23, 2015

 Dean Imposed

Nov 23, 2015



June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016


Not Reviewed

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017


Not Reviewed

April 13, 2018

January 18, 2019



October 11, 2019

December 11, 2019

February 6, 2020



Changes made: No