BSD Teaching Guidelines

For Assistant Professors and Untenured Associate Professors in the BSD Track

Annually BSD non-clinical faculty should contribute didactic teaching effort to the BSD that sums to at least an entire sole-taught quarter-long academic course in The College, or its equivalent.*

  • This effort is divisible among The College,  graduate programs, and the Pritzker School of Medicine dependent on the capabilities of the faculty member and the various educational needs.  Typically some effort will be contributed to The College, and faculty will at times teach outside their research sub-specialty.
  • New junior faculty may legitimately be exempt from teaching during the first year and increase their effort gradually.  Before the reappointment assessment they should have demonstrated their capability to provide the full teaching effort.
  • The teaching portion of the offer letter should define the teaching load and the expected distribution of teaching between the College, graduate programs, and Pritzker School of Medicine, name courses that could potentially be taught, and outline a timeline for phase-in of that teaching load.  It may add: “An equivalent teaching load may be substituted with the mutual consent of you, your Chair and the cognizant education dean(s).”
  • It is the responsibility of departmental leaders and senior faculty to reinforce these guidelines through mentorship, annual review, and modeling -- and where necessary to assist in the improvement of teaching performance.
*Courses in The College meet for 10 weeks, with 2.5-3 contact hours per week less holidays and the reading period.  

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