The duties of faculty are determined by each institution in the University System of Georgia. The Board of Regents' policies specify that the teaching load to be carried by each member of the faculty is one of the proper functions of the academic authorities at each institution. (Board of Regents' Policy Manual, Section 301). It is recognized that the average faculty member's duties are complex and entail far more than strictly classroom and laboratory activities. A reduction in the instructional load may be allowed on the recommendation of the department head and with the approval of the Dean or Director of the College/Division and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
A faculty member who engages in research or in some other approved activity may be given credit for a part of his or her teaching load. Teaching a graduate course or courses may also serve to reduce this load. In addition, Department Heads and other faculty members undertaking substantial administrative duties may be permitted to teach lighter loads.