SUBJ 294/394: Directed Research in SUBJECT.  Students work on a research project related to a faculty member’s research interests, and directed by that faculty member. Student activities vary according to the field and stage of the project. The long-run goal of these projects normally includes dissemination to a scholarly community beyond Carleton. The faculty member will meet regularly with the student and actively direct the work of the student, who will submit an end-of-term product, typically a paper or presentation.

Grading method: instructor’s option (graded only, scrunch only, or student’s choice)

Faculty directors of these research project can earn teaching credit, as follows:

  1. The directing faculty member earns “faculty credits” based on the number of credits earned by the enrolled students, up to 9 credits per individual student per academic year. The faculty member can earn no more than 36 faculty credits in any two consecutive academic years. Faculty members can maintain a balance of no more than 72 faculty credits at any time. (Those credit limits are a cap on the number of credits earned/saved by the instructor; there is no implied limit on the number of students whom they may take on as research advisees, nor on the number of credits that students may earn.) As always, faculty do not accrue teaching credit (including earning faculty credits) while on leave.
  2. A faculty member may convert 18 faculty credits to 0.5 courses of teaching, or 36 faculty credits to 1.0 courses. An individual faculty member can convert a maximum of 36 faculty credits (1.0 total course credits) in any two consecutive academic years.* A faculty member can use this teaching credit earlier during an academic year in which their earned credits will reach 18 or 36 faculty credits (e.g., counting 1.0 courses in the fall when the 36th faculty credit will be earned during the winter or spring), but these credits cannot be used anticipatorily across academic years.
  3. Requests to convert faculty credits into a course must be approved by the chair/director before the due date for submitting the following academic year’s course schedule to the Registrar’s Office. Any planned use of teaching credits may be presented as part of the justification for a November deadline request for visiting faculty positions for the following academic year, but they will typically only be approved to “round out” a visiting position (e.g., to make a 0.75-time position full time) rather than to create the need to hire a new person.
  4. Departments/programs should try to adjust teaching schedules and class offerings to incorporate this teaching credit into the department’s overall teaching obligations. Departments and programs should also establish a prioritization process for conversion, including how to allocate course credits in years in which more faculty have earned course credits than can be accommodated given the other curricular needs. As indicated in (3), doing so would involve planning such course credits into the long-term department scheduling efforts or occasionally adding a course or two to a visiting faculty member’s teaching load. Plans to accommodate this form of teaching credit should be approved by the Office of the Provost. These plans can be submitted as part of the annual department planning form.

*This limit may be increased to 1.0 course credit per faculty member per year in departments/programs that are able to restructure their curriculum to accommodate it without increasing FTE (e.g., by increasing other course caps). Decisions to increase the limit are at the discretion of the Provost.

Revised June 2024