Independent Teaching and Scholarly/Creative Work
This policy defines independent teaching and scholarly/creative work.
Defines independent teaching and scholarly/creative work, referenced in Article 5.B.2(B) of Regent Law.
As stated in Article 5.B.2.(B) of the Laws of the Regents, all university employees whose duties include independent teaching and/or scholarly/creative work are afforded the right of academic freedom relative to these duties. This administrative policy statement defines independent teaching and scholarly/creative work, thereby providing clarification on who has the right of academic freedom.
II. Policy Statement
Independent teaching and scholarly/creative work is defined as activity that is primarily conducted free of direct oversight by another individual.
- Course coordinators/directors and curriculum committees are not considered to be providing direct oversight of teaching.
- Scholarly or creative work, including collaborative work, qualifies as independent provided the individual is directly responsible for managing their own activity or assigned work.
III. Related Policies
- Adopted: December 5, 2019; became effective July 1, 2020, with the rollout of the new regent article and policy 5 regarding faculty.
- Revised: N/A.
- Last Reviewed: July 1, 2020.