Policies and Procedures

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General Policies of the College of Education

Annual Reports

Faculty are required to submit an annual report of their involvement in teaching, research, and service activities (HOP[1], Section 3.17).  The annual reporting requirement applies to all ranks, including Specialist, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Clinical, Research, and Adjunct faculty titles.  Recommendations for salary advancement, promotion in rank, tenure, renewal of appointment, or nonrenewal of appointment, are based on excellence in performance in these areas.  The final results of the annual evaluation shall be communicated in writing to each faculty member by the Department Chair.  This communication shall advise the faculty member of any areas that need improvement.  The electronic FAR system may be accessed at: https://provost.utexas.edu/faculty-affairs/evaluation

Assignment of Faculty Mentor

Each new Assistant Professor hired by the College of Education is assigned a faculty mentor typically within the first three months of his/her appointment.  In some departments, a senior, tenured faculty member (usually a full Professor) serves as the mentor.  Other departments use a mentor committee, composed of a Professor from the Assistant Professor’s program area and an Associate Professor with recent experience in the promotion and tenure process.

The policy grants departments considerable flexibility, but ensures that all Assistant Professors have an assigned faculty mentor.  While there is much in common across departments, there are also some variations in mentor roles and responsibilities.  Typically, the mentors assist the Assistant Professor in establishing a research program; publishing; developing funding sources; teaching; reviewing service activities and balancing service with teaching and research activities; and preparing for the promotion/tenure review process.  Mentoring continues until the Assistant Professor submits the dossier for promotion to Associate Professor.

Mid-Point Review of Untenured Faculty

As a regular part of the annual review and evaluation process for all faculty every fall, department Budget Councils or Executive Committees provide written feedback through the Department Chair to each Assistant Professor regarding their performance in teaching, research, advising and student services, committee and public service, and other categories.  In some departments, the Chair holds a conference with each Assistant Professor to review strengths and weaknesses, progress toward promotion and tenure, and areas of needed improvement.

During the spring semester of the third year of appointment, or in the fall of the fourth year, a more comprehensive review of Assistant Professors is conducted. The College policy grants departments considerable flexibility, but ensures that all Assistant Professors receive a formal evaluation near the midpoint of the probationary period.  The review covers the criteria that are typically considered in the promotion process.  The department Budget Councils/Executive Committees, sometimes initially through appointed faculty subcommittees, review the Assistant Professor’s vita; annual reports; teaching evaluations, including peer evaluations of teaching; advising and student services; scholarly progress; community, university, and professional service; and recognitions.  The review, which addresses the accomplishments of the Assistant Professor in the areas of research, teaching and service, is intended to be consultative and corrective.  In some departments, the chair drafts a written report based on the evaluation of the Budget Council or Executive Committee.  In other departments, the Budget Council/Executive Committee or an appointed subcommittee drafts the report for review and revision by the entire Budget Council/Executive Committee.

In all cases, the Department Chair provides a copy of the report and holds a conference with the Assistant Professor to give an assessment of progress on each of the criteria for promotion and tenure.  The chair also advises the Assistant Professor on areas that need improvement before the formal promotion/tenure review.  If progress is satisfactory in the criteria areas, the Assistant Professor is advised to continue the progress.

The report is maintained in department personnel files and a copy is sent to the Dean’s Office.

Promotion and Tenure

The policies related to recommendations for promotion in rank and recommendations for tenure are described in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.17.  General Guidelines for the Preparation of Supporting Materials and the Management of Candidate Files are available on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at: https://provost.utexas.edu/faculty-affairs/promotion-and-tenure

Comprehensive Periodic Review of Tenured Faculty

Tenured faculty are evaluated every six years, in combination with the annual review.  Individual notice of at least six months of intent to evaluate is provided by the Department Chair.  The six-year evaluation is carried out by an appropriate faculty committee at the level of the department.  The Chair of the department communicates the result of the evaluation in writing to the faculty member and to the Dean.  The Dean reports the results to the Provost’s Office.  Detailed procedures and guidelines are described in HOP, Section 3.14 and at web site: http://provost.utexas.edu/faculty-affairs/evaluation

Faculty Merit Policies

Merit money generated by faculty (i.e., equivalent to the appropriate percentage allowed by the University) who do not submit required materials for participating in their departmental merit review process will revert back to the Dean’s Office Reserves to be used for salary inequity, compression, and other College-wide priorities.  More specifically, not participating in the department’s merit review process precludes a faculty member from receiving any merit increase, for the next academic year (Policy adopted by College’s Management Team on 6/22/04).

Faculty Leave

Faculty members may request two types of leave: (1) leave without pay and (2) leave from the instructional budget.  A “leave without pay” is defined as a period of leave during which the faculty member does not receive compensation from any source of funds administered by the University for either all or part of his or her regular appointment.  A “leave from the instructional budget” is defined as a period of leave during which the faculty member is released from the faculty salaries budget and is paid from another funding source(s) administered by the University.  In both cases, or for any combination of the two leave types, the form Faculty Request for Leave must be completed and submitted (HOP, Section 3.10).

Department Meetings

The Faculty are expected to participate fully in the governance activities of the department.  All Faculty are expected to attend departmental, Budget Council or Executive Committee meetings of the department, or they should make prior arrangements with the chair if they must be absent.

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the University to maintain an educational environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation (Rev; HOP, 4.A.3, June 3, 2003). The General Policy Guidelines and Procedures for Reporting and Responding to Sexual Misconduct can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/policies/hoppm/04.A.03.html

Reporting of Expert Witnesses

State law requires that the University file annually a report regarding faculty and professional staff who have served that year as paid consulting or testifying expert witnesses in lawsuits in which the State of Texas is a party.  Faculty who serve in this capacity should provide the Department Chair with the names of the case and the number of hours spent on the case.

College Web Site

Web publishing on the College of Education server is limited to administrative and instructional purposes only.  Faculty wishing to publish on the COE web server should contact the COE Web Team to receive access.  Faculty are encouraged to publish course information, class assignments, instructional materials, and syllabi.

Web Accessibility Compliance

Web accessibility allows users of all abilities to have equal access to information and functionality on the web. All College of Education websites and web applications have been and are still required to conform to the University’s web accessibility policy. The scope of this policy includes every aspect of a website such as color contrast, navigation, forms, videos, images, interactive databases, and downloadable files, including PDFs, MS Word documents, and Excel spreadsheets. The Office of Communications can evaluate sites and develop improvement plans for you.

Policies Related to Teaching

Course Buyout

A tenured/tenure-track faculty member who remains in residence and active in their department may buyout a course per semester from the instructional budget at 1/6 of the faculty member’s nine-month state academic rate for each course buyout. This is based on a faculty teaching load of two organized courses per long semester.  Course buyout is at the discretion of the department chair based on departmental needs. Faculty who generate substantial indirect costs for The University, as well as those who hold large endowments, should be accorded all due consideration in course buyout.

Faculty Teaching Load Policy

The College of Education requires each full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member to teach two organized courses each long semester. Deviations from this policy can occur for faculty with endowments, salary buyouts, leaves of absence, or ongoing departmental service assignments; however, at a minimum all tenured or tenure-track faculty are expected to teach one organized course during a long semester each academic year. Department chairs have the discretion to modify the required course load for a limited period of time, but with the expectation that the faculty member will move back into compliance with the College policy as soon as it is feasible. Departments may also enact stricter minimum teaching load policies based on need.

At the discretion of the department chair, team teaching can count a one of the organized courses for each co-instructor if the class enrollment is twice the minimum enrollment required by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, i.e., 20 for an undergraduate course and 10 for a graduate course. Each full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member is also encouraged but not required to teach organized courses in some combination of levels of instruction, i.e., undergraduate courses, master's degree, and doctoral degree program courses.

Full-time non-tenure-track faculty are required to teach the equivalent of four organized courses each long semester.

New tenured or tenure-track faculty are released from the equivalent of one organized course each long semester in one of their first two years at UT Austin, at the discretion of their department chair.

Minimum Enrollment in Organized Courses

In an effort to maintain robust enrollment in College of Education courses, it is encouraged that the minimum enrollment for an organized undergraduate course is 20 students, and the minimum enrollment for an organized graduate course is 10 students for each of the two long semesters. However, the Dean’s Office allows Department Chairs discretion and flexibility to offer organized courses that fall below these College minimums but still satisfy the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board enrollment requirements of 10 students in an organized undergraduate course and 5 students in an organized graduate course.

Obligation to Meet Classes

Students have the right to instruction from the professor or staff member assigned to the course.  Therefore, it is the faculty member's obligation to meet his/her scheduled classes, making a reasonable effort to avoid unscheduled dismissal of any classes.  If a faculty member is unable to meet teaching responsibilities, University policy must be followed in making arrangements to cover the course.

This policy requires that classes be covered by regular members of the faculty.  In cases where a guest lecture/presentation by someone who is not a member of the faculty is deemed necessary and/or appropriate to the academic purpose of a class, the faculty member responsible for the class shall advise, and seek in advance, the approval of the Department and the dean (Fonken Memo, March 4, 1993).

Unless on authorized leave, the faculty member is expected to meet with the class, even though that class is being taught by a guest lecturer.  Under no circumstances can a faculty member subcontract the teaching of an assigned course or a portion of a course.

Class Schedules

It is the policy of the College of Education that courses meet the standard of 15 contact hours per credit hour during the long session (45 contact hours for 3-hour courses). In the summer, 3-hour classes normally are scheduled for a total of 37.5 hours in a 6-week term.

Classes should meet as designated in the course schedule.  Any variation in meeting times or arrangements must have the written approval of the Department Chair.

Summer Teaching

Summer teaching assignments are not an entitlement of the faculty.  Preference will be given to faculty who have a record of good teaching performance and who are good citizens of the department.  Summer teaching assignments are made at the discretion of the Chair based on department needs and priorities.

Programmatic needs must be considered first in making summer teaching assignments, e.g., required courses for a program, prerequisites for higher level required courses, courses with typically healthy enrollments.

In making summer teaching assignments, the Chair will aspire to meet the College's minimum enrollment standards of 10 for a graduate organized course and 20 for an undergraduate organized course.  Courses that fall below the University's minimum enrollment standards (5 for a graduate course, and 10 for an undergraduate course) will be cancelled, unless the Department Chair can make a compelling argument to the Dean for changing the course to individual instruction.

Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness/Course Instructor Surveys

By University policy, evaluations by students are required of all teaching faculty. It is the policy of the College that all organized courses, including those offered in the summer, will be evaluated, using an appropriate Course Instructor Survey arranged through the University’s Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment.

Student evaluations remain anonymous.  Neither the instructor nor the Teaching Assistant should be present during the evaluation and neither is to see the response sheets until grades have been officially reported. 

Course Instructor Surveys should be administered at the beginning of the class period to increase the likelihood that all students will participate in the evaluation process.


Faculty are expected to be available for advising, counseling, registration, and other regularly scheduled departmental duties (HOP, Section 3.17).  Faculty should consult the Department Chair for any specific departmental policies and procedures related to advising and availability for advising prior to the start of the semester.

Appropriate Use of TAs

Teaching assistants may only be assigned duties which are adjunct to regular classroom instruction (HOP, Section 8.01).  All duties performed by teaching assistants shall be under the supervision and direction of the instructor of record or the designated member of the faculty.

Teaching assistants may not serve as an instructor of record for any instructional activity.  Under no circumstances can a teaching assistant be responsible for graduate instruction.  Under no circumstances can a graduate student hired under the title of Teaching Assistant be assigned to serve as a Research Assistant for a faculty member.

The supervising faculty shall, at the end of each semester, file with the Department Chair of the employing department a written evaluation of the performance of teaching assistants under the supervising faculty's direction.  The evaluation shall become a permanent part of the teaching assistant's permanent file.

Course Syllabus

In compliance with University policy and with HB 2504 requiring the posting of undergraduate course syllabi on the University’s website, the following are the policies of the College of Education regarding providing and posting course syllabi. 

On the first day of class, the faculty member responsible for that course must provide to students a Course Syllabus.  A syllabus has the primary purpose of letting students know what they can expect during the course in terms of the material they will cover, what they must do, and how they will be graded.  Courses in the teacher certification program should also address and ensure that our students master the State educator standards as assessed in coursework and field experience performance indicators.

The course syllabus must include at least the following items:

  • The course number and title
  • The instructor’s name, office location, and office hours (Listing of office hours and location is not required for the publicly available version of the syllabus).
  • If there are teaching assistants for the class, their names, office locations, and office hours (Listing of office hours and location is not required for the publicly available version of the syllabus).
  • An overview of the class, including prerequisites, the subject matter of each lecture or discussion, as well as the academic/learning goals for the course and how they will be assessed.
  • Grading policy, including whether attendance is used in determining the course grade.
  • A brief descriptive overview of all major course requirements and assignments, along with dates of exams and assignments that count for 20 percent or more of the class grade.
  • A list of required and recommended materials, such as textbooks, image collections, audio and audiovisual materials, supplies, articles, chapters, and excerpts as appropriate, identified by author, title, and publisher.
  • Final exam date and time (when available).
  • The class web site, if any.
  • A notice that students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.
  • The information listed in “Classroom Evacuation for Students” describing the process for evacuating the classroom or building in an emergency.  Emergency evacuation route information and emergency procedures can be found at: www.utexas.edu/emergency.

In addition, the following information is recommended on the course syllabus:

  • A notice regarding accommodations for religious holidays.  Sample statement–“By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day.  If you must miss class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, you will be given an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.”

A copy of each course syllabus will be filed with the Department Chair each semester.  All class syllabi for undergraduate courses should be provided in electronic form in a PDF file format (created from a word processing package such as MS Word – the PDF should not be created from a scanned image or fax).  These PDF syllabi will be posted to the respective class via the Registrar’s Office Class Manager System or Information Management and Analysis’ FaSET System by the seventh class day.

Evaluation of Student Performance

Faculty members are free to develop their own methods of evaluating the performance of students in their courses, but they are required to make the methods of evaluation to be used known to their students in writing. Responsibility for assuring adequate methods of evaluation rests with the departmental faculties and is subject to administrative review.  In courses with multiple sections, the departments should provide for necessary coordination.  In any event, materials to be used in evaluating the student’s performance must be collected by the instructor at, or prior to, the time of the regularly scheduled final examination (HOP, Section 3.22)

Privacy Act

Faculty members are responsible for being familiar with the University’s policies related to confidentiality of records, directory information, transcripts, and disciplinary records, which can be found in Chapter 9 of Appendix C to the General Information Catalog.  These policies and procedures are in full accord with the final regulations implementing The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  Copies of this act and its implementing regulations are on reserve in the Undergraduate Library.

Office Hours

Members of the teaching staff are expected to post on/by their office doors, and publish in any other manner required by the chief administrative officer, office hours and conference periods most advantageous to students (RR[2], Chapter III, Section 12).  Office hours must be observed.  The recommended minimum for office hours is one hour of office time for every one course credit hour.

Observation of Religious Holy Days

By Students: Religious holy days sometimes conflict with class and examination schedules.  Section 51.911 of the Texas Education Code states that a student who misses an examination, work assignment, or other project due to the observance of a religious holy day must be given an opportunity to complete the work missed within a reasonable time after the absence, provided that he or she has properly notified each instructor.  It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin that the student must notify each instructor within fourteen days of the classes scheduled on dates he or she will be absent to observe a religious holy day.  For religious holidays that fall within the first two weeks of the semester, the notice should be given on the first day of the semester.  The student may not be penalized for these excused absences but the instructor may appropriately respond if the student fails to complete satisfactorily the missed assignment or examination within a reasonable time after the excused absence.

By Faculty: Section 51.925 of the Texas Education Code prohibits the University from discriminating against or penalizing an instructor who is absent from class for the observance of religious holy days.  Proper notice must be given to the Department Chair.  Prior to the beginning of classes each semester, the instructor must provide the Chair a list of classes that will be missed due to observance of a religious holy day.  The list must be either personally delivered, acknowledged and dated by the chair, or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.  Consistent with University policy, the instructor is responsible for finding a qualified substitute for any such class(es).

Students with Disabilities

Services for Students with Disabilities in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is the area on campus responsible for determining eligibility and implementing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities at the University of Texas.  Federal law is clear on this matter and applies to all students with disabilities.  SSD works with undergraduate and graduate students and serves as a resource to faculty, other University departments, agencies, and the Austin area community.  SSD can be reached at 471-6259 or at: http://diversity.utexas.edu/disability/

Academic Dishonesty

All faculty should inform students at the beginning of the semester that scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and that incidents of dishonesty will be reported. When a faculty member suspects a student of cheating, published guidelines (available from the Office of the Dean of Students) should be followed.  Faculty can virtually eliminate cheating by specifying the ground rules, by challenging students to practice education ethics, and by creating environments that discourage cheating.  It is recommended that faculty include the Honor Code in course syllabi.

Textbooks and Other Course Materials

Textbooks, notebooks, manuals, or other materials for the use of students which are written or prepared by a member of the faculty shall not be prescribed for the use of students or sold to them until approved by the Dean, Chief Academic Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, pursuant to policies included in the institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures.  At a minimum, consultation with departmental faculty is required (RR, Chapter III, Section 25.2).

Mid-Semester Failing Notices

Many faculty find it advantageous to notify undergraduate students if they are currently earning a grade of "D" or "F" in the course or they are failing the course due to excessive absences.  There are forms available for this purpose in each Department or faculty can send a list of students (either hard copy or electronic) to the Office of the Dean/Student Division, SZB 216 (or, in the case of an undergraduate student in a college other than the College of Education, to the Dean's Office of that college).  If you send a list please include each student's UTEID and each student's status.

Dropping Courses

A student may not drop a course after the twelfth class day in the long session except for good cause (e.g., health or serious personal problems, or a demonstrated need to work more hours).  An undergraduate student seeking to drop a class after the twelfth class day should go to the Office of the Dean/Student Division (SZB 216) for necessary approvals.  Graduate students should go to the department offering the course.

Faculty Presence on Campus During Final Examination Periods

A faculty member is responsible for ensuring that final examinations for his or her courses are adequately staffed, that he or she is available for related questions and to resolve problems, and that final course grades are turned in on time.  Unless a faculty member has received approval for travel under regular University policy, he or she must be available on campus during final examinations in his or her courses, or available in the Austin area and easily reachable by telephone or e-mail.  The faculty member must remain in the Austin area until his or her grades are finalized.  If a faculty member must travel during this time, he or she must include on the request for travel authorization how final examination matters will be handled and how he or she can be reached in case of an emergency.

Final Examination Policies

Class-related activities, with the exception of office hours, are prohibited on designated no-class days and during the final examination period.  These dates are set aside for students to prepare for and take scheduled final examinations.  During this period, papers and projects are not to be due, review sessions are not to be scheduled, quizzes are not to be given, and there are not to be any other class-related activities, with the exception of office hours (PM 3.201).  For the Final Exam and no class schedules, go to: http://utdirect.utexas.edu/rgexam/getyys.WBX

No final examinations may be given before the examination period begins, and no change in time from that printed in the office schedule is permitted (see Course Schedule).  An instructor with a compelling reason to change the time of an examination must obtain the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean of the college in which the course is taught before announcing an alternative examination procedure to the students.  A change in the room assignment for a final examination may be made only with the approval of the registrar.

No substantial examinations may be given during the last class week preceding the final examination period.  An examination counting for more than 30 percent of the final course grade is considered to be substantial.

The Ombudsman’s Faculty Guide to Final Examinations can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/student/ombuds/. (Go to “Ombuds Publications,” pull down to “Faculty Guide to Final Exams.”)

Grade Submission

Instructors must use the online grade submission system to enter and submit final grades for organized courses.  An organized course is defined as a course with a regularly scheduled meeting time and a specified instructor.  Although instructors may designate another person to enter the grades into this system, only the instructor of record may submit final grades online.  Anyone entering or submitting grades online must have a high assurance UT EID.  Information about the online grade submission system and a demo of the system are available at: https://registrar.utexas.edu/staff/grades.  Questions about the online grade submission system may be addressed to the Student Academic Records Section of the Office of the Registrar at 475-7644

Posting of Grades

Posting students’ grades by student name, social security number, UT EID, or other identifiable information constitutes a violation of federal law, namely, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).  Similarly, returning student papers and exams in a manner that allows students to see other students’ grades is also a violation of FERPA.  An example would be leaving graded papers in a stack for students to see as they pick up their own papers.  When posting grades and returning graded work, faculty should do so in a secure manner that allows students only to see their own grade.  Papers and exams should be in individual sealed envelopes if left for students to pickup.  Confidential student information such as grades may be posted on the web only using an approved secure method such as eGradebook, https://utdirect.utexas.edu/diia/egb/, which ensures that students may only see their own information.

Grade Inflation

Chairs are to monitor faculty grading practices, to identify courses/faculty in which grade inflation may be an issue, and to take corrective action.

Doctoral Supervision Policy

Tenured faculty in the College of Education will chair or co-chair no more than five dissertations or treatises concurrently.  Tenure track faculty, i.e., Assistant Professors, will chair/co-chair no more than two dissertations or treatises concurrently.  Faculty who hold administrative appointments and are less than 100% time on a department instructional budget will chair/co-chair no more than two dissertations or treatises concurrently.  This policy was approved by the Management Team in October 2009 for implementation on September 1, 2010.

Student Organizations

The College has several student organizations, including student chapters of professional and honorary societies for the disciplines, and organizations that cover the entire education profession.  By being active in these organizations, students develop a sense of professional service, develop organizational and leadership skills, and provide valuable services to the College of Education. Faculty are encouraged to promote membership in these organizations and to participate as sponsors and advisors.  Information about these organizations can be obtained from the Office of the Dean/Student Division, SZB 216.

Policies Related to Research


All tenured/tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in active research programs, creative activities and other scholarly efforts (HOP, Section 3.17).  This activity will do much to further the professional stature of the faculty member, enhance the national and international reputation of the College, and improve the faculty member’s teaching effectiveness.

Tenured/tenure-track faculty who are not engaged in an active research program are required to develop an Individual Faculty Research Productivity Plan or are required to teach an additional organized course each long session.

Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for external funding to their Department Chair for review and approval before the proposal is submitted to the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Indirect Cost Return Policy for the College of Education (COE)

Direct cost (DC) expenditures on grants result in the generation of indirect costs (IDC).  The University keeps 75% of the IDC and 25% is returned to the colleges.  The measurement period for the DC is during the January to December calendar year (CY), with the IDC returning to the colleges, the following September.  This policy takes effect for DC expenditures in CY 2015.


Faculty and staff must submit grant proposals using a grants and contracts specialist in either the COE Office of Educational Research Support (OERS), or through a COE center/institute (MCPER-VGC, STEM, IPSI, CCSSE, or TCDS), or a University center/institute.  The mechanism for submitting the grant determines how the IDC are split within the College.


Applications submitted by OERS, MCPER-VGC, STEM, CCSSE, or TCDS:

  • 25% will be returned to the principal investigator to support their future research expenditures.
  • 50% will be returned to the College to support College-wide research initiatives.
  • 25% will be returned to the submitting/administrating unit.
    • OERS if they submit.
    • MCPER-VGC, STEM, CCSSE, or TCDS if they submit.


Applications submitted through a UT center/institute (e.g. Population Research Center):

  • The Center Director, PI’s Department Chair, and the COE Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies will reach an agreement about IDC distribution.

Exception: The Institute for Public School Initiates (IPSI) has an alternative IDC return distribution mechanism outside of this policy.


Signature Delegation and Account Responsibility

A faculty member may delegate signature authority to an office manager, for either paper or electronic documents, but this does not relieve the faculty member of his/her fiscal responsibility and accountability for accounts under his/her control. All faculty are encouraged to develop adequate accounting systems that meet these requirements.  Rules regarding the delegation of signature authority are found in PM 7.215 (dated March 16, 1992) and in RR, Part Two, Chapter II, Section 2.7: “Each person directly responsible for a department or other administrative unit shall keep an account of funds and property for which he or she is responsible, as detailed as necessary to supplement the business office records.”

Research Assignment, Leave Without Pay, and Reduced Appointments

A tenured/tenure-track faculty member may request a research assignment, leave without pay, or a reduced appointment for one or both semesters of an academic year during which a part or all of the faculty member’s salary is paid from research funds or an outside funding source and the minimum required teaching load is reduced accordingly (HOP, Section 3.10).  When contemplating a research assignment, leave without pay, or a reduction in percent time, a faculty member should first consult with the Department Chair to be sure that the teaching load planned for that faculty member can be adequately covered. 

Each request must be accompanied by a justification explaining why the leave, research assignment, or reduced appointment is in the best interest of the University and how it will increase the teaching effectiveness or scholarly productivity of the faculty member.  It should also specify what the faculty member will be doing while on leave or on a reduced time appointment and from where she or he will be receiving compensation, if any.  Written requests must be submitted through the Chair and Dean for their endorsements and transmission to the Executive Vice President and Provost for approval.

The maximum leave or reduced appointment period that can be approved is one academic year.  Requests for extensions for a second academic year must be fully justified; in no case should a faculty member expect an extension for more than one year.

Policies Related to Service


In addition to their teaching and research responsibilities, faculty are also expected to be involved in advising, counseling and other student services, administrative and committee service at the department, college, and university level, along with public service activities (HOP, Section 3.17).

Other Policies

Equity and Compression Policy

At its June 22, 2004 retreat, the College’s Management Team adopted policies to address faculty (tenured/tenure-track) salary inequity and compression:

  1. When a tenured faculty position in the College becomes vacant, a portion of the salary for that position will revert back to the Dean’s Office Reserves to be used to address faculty salary inequity/compression and other College-wide priorities.  The portion to be held back will be negotiated and could result in replacing the position at a lower academic rank.
  2. The Department Chair will develop a plan for adjusting the salaries of meritorious faculty identified as experiencing salary inequity or compression, with appropriate justifications and priorities.

College of Education Conferences, Conventions, Workshops, Institutes and Camps

Effective March 4, 2010, all web sites and printed materials, e.g., brochures and registration materials for conferences, etc. hosted by any unit in the College of Education must include the following statement in their content:

“Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education.”

Individuals Hired to Teach Organized Courses

Individuals who are hired by a department to teach a course during a long semester will be paid no more than $9,000 per course per semester.  This policy also applies to faculty and staff who have retired from UT Austin and are hired back to teach a course.  (Approved by Management Team, 11/8/10).

Conference Procedures


Hosting a conference in Education is a financial activity of the University and conference coordinators must comply with University guidelines.  Conferences have the following components:

  • Coordinate conference-related activities
  • Negotiate and purchase goods and services for the conference
  • Negotiate and execute contracts and service agreements
  • Registration processing
  • Create a conference website

The Dean’s Office can assist the conference coordinator with the negotiation and execution of contracts and service agreements.  To ensure a successful conference, regardless of the source of funds, please follow these procedures. 


  1. Prepare a preliminary balanced budget with an itemized list of revenue and anticipated expenditures based on anticipated participation numbers.  Conference budgets over $100,000 require approval of the Dean’s Office and must be received in the Dean’s Office at least 3 (three) months in advance of the conference; conference budgets under $100,000 can receive approval from a Department Chair or Associate Dean.  Conference budgets are to be submitted to the Department Chair via the director of the conference; Directors of College-wide centers should route conference budgets through the Associate Dean to whom they report.  Post conference revenues and expenses will be compared to the budgeted revenues and expenses to identify variances.
  2. Be aware that contractual negotiations must comply with University policy and you must forward contracts to the Office of the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for approval.
  3. Although conferences may be sponsored by multiple offices one office must take the lead financial responsibility.  It is your responsibility to comply with all University guidelines with respect to financial activities, transactions and reconciliation.  Disclose all sponsors for the activity, including any membership organizations or professional associations.
  4. If the conference was held previously, obtain information about how many people attended the meetings, hotel rates, occupancy and reservations, and activities.  Use this information as one measure to forecast needs for this year’s conference.
  5. Obtain cost estimates for any goods and services needed for the conference, including considerations for: facility/meeting space rental, entertainment, meals and hospitality coffee breaks, food sales tax and gratuity owed to vendors, equipment rental, vehicle use, etc.
  6. Begin collecting the text and graphic content for the website.  Consider pages for each of the following: Contact information, hotel accommodations, general information about the conference, the conference program, call for papers and the following required College of Education wording, “Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education." 
  7. The College of Education name and the department title must be included in all materials produced.

College–Wide Administrative Fee on Designated Funds-19 Accounts

Effective April 15, 2011, the College of Education was authorized by the UT Offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Legal Affairs, and Internal Audits to charge an administrative fee based on expenditures to Designated Funds-19 Accounts in the College.  This fee is in support of the services that have been and will be provided by the Dean’s Office to these units.  The policy to charge an administrative fee was approved by the Dean and Department Chairs of the College of Education on February 22, 2010.

Funds maintained in Designated Funds units (19 accounts) have been internally designated by the University governing board or management to be used for special purposes and can be modified by management at any time.  These funds are used to provide services to the campus and to the community so they receive external as well as internal income.  These accounts are funded by General Fees, Incidental Fees, Information Technology Fees, Advising and Placement Fees, Indirect Cost Recoveries, Lease Cost Recoveries, Interest on General Fee, Interest on Temporary Investments, and Conference/Workshop Fees.  (Office of Accounting at: http://www.utexas.edu/business/accounting)

The College-wide administrative fee was set at 15.464% of operations, and it is being applied to recover costs going back five years and also going forward, as outlined in the April 15, 2011 letter from the Vice President for Legal Affairs and the Director of the Office of Internal Audits to the Dean of the College of Education.  The administrative fee is being calculated taking all expenses downloaded from COGNOS.  These expenditures are being reduced by the amount of the University-wide administrative charge (currently 3.25%), and by any rent payments made from the expense account.  The fee is being assessed going back five (5) years, i.e., FY2005-06 through FY2009-10, as well as going forward.  In September or October, 2011 a transfer will be made to cover the 15.464% of expenditures for FY 2010-11.  In September or October of each year after that, a transfer will be made to cover the administrative fee for each of the Designated Funds-19 Accounts for the prior fiscal year.  Further, as new Designated Funds-19 Accounts are established in the College, they will be assessed the 15.464% fee on their operations.

The funds generated by this College-wide administrative fee will be held in a central account in the Dean’s Office to be distributed back to the academic departments and College-wide Centers for graduate student support or other College-wide priorities as approved by the Dean.  Currently, the Department Chairs are developing three-year plans to utilize these funds for graduate student support, and these plans require prior approval of the Dean before their implementation in the Fall of 2012.

Office Space

It is the policy of the College of Education that tenured and tenure track faculty receive priority in being assigned to exterior windowed office space.  Non-tenure track faculty and staff will be provided interior office space.

Research centers that generate substantial indirect costs for The University will be accorded all due consideration in the allocation of office space.

Individual offices will not be provided for retired faculty who hold emeritus titles.  If an emeritus faculty member remains actively engaged in the activities of his/her department, the emeritus faculty member can be provided shared office space in an interior office of the building, at the discretion of the department chair.


[1] Handbook of Operating Procedures

[2] Regents’ Rules and Regulations

Last updated on November 30, 2015