2.8 Faculty

Core Requirement 2.8: Faculty 

The number of full-time faculty members is adequate to support the mission of the institution and to ensure the quality and integrity of its academic programs. 

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee), primarily through the academic deans, ensures the adequacy of its full-time faculty members to support its mission.

The University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee provides high quality bachelor’s and graduate‐level education [teaching] and scholarly activity [research] in a personalized learning community that prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens [service].

Guided by the mission, the deans assign full-time faculty at USF Sarasota-Manatee to teaching, research, and service activities.

Institution Definitions

Faculty – According to USF System Regulation 10.100(3) faculty employment is defined as positions assigned the principal responsibility of teaching, research, or public service, or for administrative responsibility for functions directly related to the academic mission. Faculty members of the USF System comprise those persons who have been hired as faculty members, who receive financial compensation to perform services for and whose work is directed and controlled by the USF System.

Full-Time Faculty – USF Sarasota-Manatee adheres to Florida Statute 1012.945 to define full-time faculty. The state law requires that a “full-time equivalent teaching faculty member at a university who is paid wholly from state funds” teach at least “twelve (12) classroom contact hours per week.” Under this “twelve-hour rule,” professional responsibilities and duties in furtherance of the mission of the university may be assigned. Full-time faculty are also referred to as “resident faculty.”

Part-Time Faculty – USF Sarasota-Manatee follows the definition of the Common Data Set for part-time instructional faculty:

Adjuncts and other instructors being paid solely for part-time classroom instruction. Also includes full-time faculty teaching less than two semesters, three quarters, two trimesters, or two four-month sessions. Employees who are not considered full-time instructional faculty but who teach one or more non-clinical credit courses may be counted as part-time faculty.

Faculty Assignments

In accordance with Article 9.3 of the USF/United Faculty of Florida (UFF) Collective Bargaining Agreement, all faculty are “apprised in writing, at the beginning of their employment and at the beginning of each year of employment thereafter, the duties assigned in teaching, research, and other creative activities, public service, and of any other specific duties assigned for the year.” The distribution of the faculty member’s assignment to teaching, research, and service is determined by the dean of the college. The Faculty Academic Information Reporting (FAIR) system electronically maintains records of each faculty member’s Assigned Faculty Duties form (AFD) prior to the start of each semester and the Faculty Activity Report (FAR) following completion of the semester (AFD/FAR Example Report).

A breakdown of faculty loads by their efforts in teaching, research, and service is available in the USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Workload Table for Fall 2014. The USF Sarasota-Manatee Administrative Procedure for Faculty Workload Assignments guides the categorization and calculation of effort.

When distributing assignments amongst faculty members, deans take into consideration faculty time spent participating on the committees of the Faculty Senate, including the Academic Programs Committee, Awards & Rewards Committee, Core Curriculum Committee, and the Tenure & Promotion Committee, as well as college and campus-wide committees such as search committees, Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, and the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee.

Each academic year, the deans assign a full-time faculty member as the lead faculty for each academic degree program. For a complete listing see Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11 (Academic Program Coordination). Full-time faculty, and when relevant, part-time faculty are also assigned the responsibility of curriculum design and development, student learning evaluation and assessment, and student advising.

Adequacy of Full-Time Faculty


In Fall Semester 2014, 72 full-time faculty and 54 part-time and adjunct faculty members taught 1,917 undergraduate and graduate USF Sarasota-Manatee students. Using IPEDS calculations, the University reports a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. This student-to-faculty ratio is lower than all four USF Sarasota-Manatee peer institutions, indicating that the size of the faculty is adequate when compared to peers.

Student credit hours produced by full-time and part-time faculty are provided by academic program for Fall Semester 2014 and Spring Semester 2015.

Overall, full-time faculty taught 65% of student credit hours in Fall Semester 2014 and 60% in Spring Semester 2015. At the North Port instructional site, full-time faculty taught 57% and 58% of the credit hours generated in fall and spring, respectively in the only degree offered at 50% or more there — Elementary Education. Note that only 15 students had 50% or more of their Elementary Education degree delivered in North Port. In addition, the Faculty Coordinator at North Port is an Elementary Education faculty member. The only fully-online program offered by USF Sarasota-Manatee, Communication Science and Disorders, generated more than 80% of its credit hours by full-time faculty in both fall and spring of the last academic year.

Student Credit Hours (SCH) Taught by Full-time vs. Part-Time Faculty

Fall 2014 Spring 2015
Full-Time Faculty Part-Time Faculty Full-Time Faculty Part-Time Faculty
SCH % of SCH SCH % of SCH SCH % of SCH SCH % of SCH
Lower-Level Undergraduate 2919 60% 1938 40% 2353 51% 2276 49%
Upper-Level Undergraduate 8888 64% 5061 36% 8173 61% 5230 39%
Graduate 1039 95% 54 5% 1031 88% 146 12%
Total 12846 65% 7053 35% 11557 60% 7652 40%
USFSM @ North Port – Elementary Educ 243 57% 186 43% 162 58% 117 42%
Online Program
(Communication Sciences Disorders)
579 83% 117 17% 645 89% 81 11%

The deans of the USF Sarasota-Manatee colleges review annually the student-to-faculty ratio and the ratio of student credit hours taught by full-time vs. part-time faculty in each degree program to ensure adequacy of full-time faculty and their teaching assignments. The deans also ensure that enough faculty have received proper technical and pedagogical training to support the number of online courses. Please see Comprehensive Standard 3.7.3: Faculty Development for additional information on one-on-one, group, and online training available for faculty. When deans identify an academic program that is falling out of balance between part-time and full-time faculty, they work with the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs to identify funding to hire additional full-time faculty members. The process for submitting the budget request is detailed in Core Requirement 2.5 (Institutional Effectiveness). Below are annual unit assessment records showing how the USF Sarasota-Manatee colleges track their reviews of faculty adequacy:

2015-16 Plan 2014-15 Report 2013-14 Report
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Business Annual Unit Assessment: College of Business 2015-16 Plan Faculty Adequacy Annual Unit Assessment: College of Business 2014-15 Report Faculty Adequacy Annual Unit Assessment: College of Business 2013-14 Report Faculty Adequacy
College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership
(formerly Hospitality & Technology Leadership)


Strategic Goal #5 of the 2015-2020 USF Sarasota-Manatee Strategic Plan is Scholarly Activity. In pursuit of the goal, USF Sarasota-Manatee deans assign research assignments to tenure and tenure-track faculty, as well as select non-tenure track faculty with interest in conducting research.

The Faculty Academic Information Reporting (FAIR) system tracks research efforts which the deans review annually. A summary of faculty research efforts during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters is provided in the Faculty Research Summary reports. The deans document their review of faculty research efforts in the aggregate in their annual unit assessment plans:

2015-16 Plan 2014-15 Report 2013-14 Report
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Business Annual Unit Assessment: College of Business 2015-16 Plan Faculty Research Annual Unit Assessment: College of Business 2014-15 Report Faculty Research Annual Unit Assessment: College of Business 2013-14 Report Faculty Research
College of Education Annual Unit Assessment: College of Education 2015-16 Plan Faculty Research Annual Unit Assessment: College of Education 2014-15 Report Faculty Research Annual Unit Assessment: College of Education 2013-14 Report Faculty Research
College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership
(formerly Hospitality & Technology Leadership)

*Not assessed in academic year.


Service assignments include professional and public service as well service to the institution and the profession. As shown in the Fall 2014 Faculty Workload Assignment Table, nearly all full-time USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty have a percentage of effort devoted to service.

The FAIR system also tracks faculty service efforts, which the deans review annually. A summary of the faculty service efforts during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 are provided in the Faculty Service Summary reports.

Additional Checks to Faculty Sufficiency

Academic Program Approval

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) provides oversight to the authorization of new degree programs. According to BOG Regulation 8.011, all new programs are required to demonstrate “sufficient qualified faculty is available.” The BOG Request for a New Degree Program Form requires institutions to complete projections of estimated faculty full-time-equivalents (FTE) in relation to estimated student FTE. For additional information on the requirements to initiate a new degree program, please see Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1 (Academic Program Approval).

Academic Program Review

In accordance with BOG Regulation 8.015, USF Sarasota-Manatee reviews all of its academic degree programs at least every seven years. The USF Sarasota-Manatee Academic Program Review Self-Study Report directs respondents to assess the program’s faculty, providing analysis of strengths and weakness overall, in research and scholarship, in teaching, and in service.

For additional information on academic program review please see Core Requirement 2.7.2 (Program Content).

Discipline Specific Accreditation

Two of USF Sarasota-Manatee colleges are accredited by professional accrediting bodies. The professional accreditation bodies provide standards for faculty sufficiency. The College of Education is compliant with NCATE Standard 6c: Unit Governance and Resource – Personnel.  The College of Business adheres to AASCB Standard 5: Faculty Sufficiency and Deployment.

Additional information on USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty is provided in Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 (Faculty Competence).