Higher ed can be monolithic, but we have a lot of idiosyncrasies. One institution-specific practice that can really affect our daily lives is the teaching credit that faculty get for teaching lab sections. A lot of us are wondering how it works at other places.
(You might be thinking, “Faculty teaching lab sections? When does that happen?” If that’s you, please browse this site a bit more, because this is an opportunity to learn more about your colleagues in teaching-focused institutions.)
Some places give as much credit for lab sections as they do for lecture sections. Other places give only a fraction of the credit. Time for a poll! How much credit does your institution give you for teaching labs?
(Note: If you’re trying to understand how to interpret what this means about “lecture section,” or “lab section,” please try to think of this in terms of a lower division introductory course. Which for most places simply has a regular lecture section that meets about 45 hours per semester, and a regular lab section that meets once per week, for roughly the same number of hours.)
(Another note: if base teaching loads for faculty who teach labs are lower than those who don’t, please work this into your calculations.)
If this poll doesn’t make sense but you want to reply, please just explain your lab load situation in the comments.
This poll has limited utility and more institutional context would be helpful. Please feel free to list your institution name and explain your lab section teaching load situation. If you don’t want to out your institution, maybe describe the kind of place and enrollment or endowment/ranking. Also keep in mind that you can leave the boxes blank and post anonymously.
I’m really curious about what we might learn!