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Standard 5. Faculty and professional staff

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The Policy

Faculty workload is comprised of the following major components:

  1. Teaching
  2. Research 
  3. Academic Advising
  4. Service to the Institution
  5. Community Engagement


  • Teaching

Faculty standard teaching load at the undergraduate level: 

The teaching load of full-time faculty members shall be as per the following table:

Terminal Degree

Credit Hours

Credit Hour release for Administrative Charge


Ph.D. holder


Not Applicable


Master holder


Not Applicable


Part-time Faculty


Not Applicable


Department Chair




School Dean




e-Learning Coordinator



Research Coordinator 

3 to 12


*Credit Hour definition as per Program Structure.


  1. By decision of the President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the concerned School Dean’s recommendation, a faculty member might be allocated release time from teaching while been assigned non-teaching tasks such as new program development, Research, or any other similar duties. 
  2. Course assignments are the responsibility of the Dean. Any course assignment must be notified to the concerned faculty before the commencement of the Semester. It is expected that teaching assignments are in the area of expertise and experience of respective faculty members. 
  3. ADUC will financially compensate for any overload teaching assignment. 
  4. Included in the teaching loads are activities but not limited to conducting examinations, grading, and course file preparation. 
  5. Teaching during a summer semester is optional; however, a faculty member can teach a maximum of six credit hours in a summer semester and be compensated accordingly. 


Course Allocation to Faculty

The School Deans shall plan Allocation of courses to Faculty at least four weeks before the new semester commencement date, and per each Faculty area of specialization. The allocation of courses to Faculty shall be discussed and approved by the school council. 


Course allocation shall be subject to the following criteria: 

  1. The Faculty members having administrative responsibilities must not be assigned late evening and weekend classes to ensure their availability during the week’s regular working hours.
  2. Faculty members taking weekend classes will be given priority to teach weekdays classes in the next semester. 
  3. Weekend classes will be fairly distributed among the Faculty of each school. 
  4. It is advised to assign weekend and late evening classes to part-timers. 
  5. It is highly recommended to assign not more than two new courses to a faculty member in a semester, to reduce the amount of preparation and improve the quality standards. 


Part-Time Faculty Teaching Load 

Part-time Faculty are contracted as per the requirement of a given Semester. A part-timer’s contract is issued by ADUC specifying the teaching load, the hourly remuneration, and other related duties such as maintaining the course file, conducting examinations, etc. 

Part-time faculty are allocated a maximum of six (6) credit hours per semester. 


  • Research 

Faculty members are expected to conduct research as a part of their faculty profile. The research is an essential component of the Professional Development Plan and Annual Performance Evaluation. 

For further details on Research, refer to the Policies and Procedures Manual: Standard 4: Research and Scholarly Activities; Standard 5 I: Faculty Evaluation and Promotion, and Standard 5 F: Professional Development for Faculty 


  • Academic Advising

Academic advising is a major responsibility of faculty members. It is expected that faculty assist students throughout their studies on an individual basis with the difficulties and challenges they may face and the academic guidance they may need. 


At the start of each academic semester, students are assigned, individual academic advisors. The major responsibilities of faculty as an academic advisor are as follows: 

  1. Course selection and enrolment 
  2. Choice of concentration 
  3. Selection of internship workplace 
  4. Understanding of Academic rules and regulations 
  5. Monitoring of Academic progress 
  6. Assisting student in other academic activities 


  • Service to the Institution 

Faculty members are expected to contribute to ADUC’s development by taking administrative responsibilities and engaging in various activities/functions to enhance ADUC’s academic programs and services’ overall quality. Specifically, faculty members are expected to participate and contribute to different committees and participate in curriculum development.


  • Community Engagement

Community engagement is a part of the Annual Performance Evaluation of a Faculty.
(For details, refer to Section 11 Community Engagement).