HEQCO report suggests some professors could be teaching more

March 13, 2014

The teaching capacity of full-time professors at Ontario’s universities could increase by 10% if professors who are not active researchers taught more, suggests a report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). The authors studied the teaching/research workloads and remuneration for assistant, associate and full professors in the economics, chemistry and philosophy departments at 10 universities across the province. They found that approximately 19% of the professors sampled “demonstrated no obvious recent contribution of scholarly or research output, although universities generally adhere to a faculty workload distribution of 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% service.” The report recommends that those “research non-active” professors should increase their teaching loads to double those of their “research-active” peers, for an 80% teaching and 20% service workload distribution. HEQCO News Release | Full Report