TCE means teaching, research or creative work, and extension. That's what we're mandated to do when we signed up for the job.
But how are we supposed to fit everything into our 40-hour work week, especially those tasked to handle more than the regular number of classes?
I came up with my own reckoning for the number of hours spent on each task:
I subtracted 10 hours from the 40-hour work week since we're required to give 10 hours per week for student consultations. That leaves me 30 hours that I then divided by 12, since that's the number of units we regularly carry per term.
So that gives me about seven and a half hours per subject with a three-unit load. I then subtracted three hours of class sessions per week per subject, and that leaves me four and a half hours of prep time per subject.
That makes it easy for me to compute for 15 hours per week I should devote to office tasks since I was given a six-unit administrative load credit for serving as Department Chair.
But that doesn't leave me time to do research, creative, and extension work. Unless I do it overtime, just like any overload teaching assignment.
That's what Steven Johnson said in his Ted talk, "Where good ideas come from." Our faculty conference last Thursday and Friday was perhaps a good venue for such flowering of ideas.
Around 80 teachers gathered in relatively luxurious surroundings - an environment conducive for thinking. Let them share their ideas about teaching and whatnot. Somewhere along the way you'll arrive at some brilliant ideas.
Here's Johnson's Ted talk:
In 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community will take effect. What does that mean for teachers and other professionals?
In 2016, there will be no incoming first year college students. High school graduates will go to Senior High (Grades 11-12) instead of college. Only those who will follow the academic track in Senior High will qualify for tertiary training. So from school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, there will be no incoming freshmen and sophomores. What will happen to college teachers then?
We've been talking lately about our new mission as teachers in this national university. As the national university, we're supposed to lead not just in teaching but also in research and public service.
However, over the past years we've done almost nothing but teach - at least in my department. The demand for additional sections of liberal arts subjects meant an overload of teaching units semester after semester.
Now there's a promise of each teacher carrying at least a nine-unit teaching and three-unit research/creative work load per semester. That's to encourage teachers to do research or creative work.
It goes without saying that research or creative work production is the measure for a teacher being promoted or getting tenure. And, of course, more research or creative work output for the university means a higher rating in university rankings.
So when will this be implemented?
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