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The teaching load (pensum) reflects the number of teaching hours per a given academic year, which a faculty member of a research and/or a teaching status is required to have. The teaching load is measured in teaching hours (one teaching hours equals 45 minutes) and depends on the job rank, the affiliation with a particular group employment category, the type of job and the employment duration.

The annual teaching load for particular ranks and  group employment categories, the criteria of its reduction, the rules of computing teaching hours, job responsibilities and the type of classes that constitute the load are set in the employment regulations of the Jagiellonian University.

The academic instructor is obliged  to carry the full teaching load assigned in a given academic year.

The criteria of the teaching load  and overload computation and reimbursement are set in the compensation regulations of the Jagiellonian University employees.

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1. As far as the research and teaching faculty members are concerned, their annual teaching load is as follows:

a. full professor, associated professor and visiting professor: 180 hrs

b. assistance professor with a doctorate – 180 hrs

c. assistant professor, assistant – 210 hrs

d. assistant in his/her first year of employment – 180 hrs

 

2. As far as the teaching faculty members are concerned, their annual teaching load is as follows:

a. professor – 240 hrs

b. associate professor – 270 hrs

c. visiting professor – 210 hrs

d. assistant professor – 330 hrs

e. assistant – the first year of employment – 300 hrs

f. assistant, lecturer, senior lecturer – 360 hrs

g. language instructor, instructor – 540 hrs

h. language instructor, instructor, the first year of employment – 510 hrs

i. foreign language instructor – 360 hrs

1. The teaching load may be reduced for performing the following functions:

1) Rector – possible complete exemption;

2) Vice-Rector – possible complete exemption;

3) Dean – reduction up to 120 hours;

4) Vice-Dean – reduction up to 60 hours;

5) Head of doctoral school – reduction up to 60 hours;

6) member of the University Council – reduction up to 60 hours;

7) Head of institute – reduction up to 60 hours;

8) Deputy head of institute – reduction up to 60 hours;

9) head of a field of study at first-cycle, second-cycle or long cycle Magister degree study programmes – reduction up to 30 hours;

10) head of a doctoral study programme – reduction up to 30 hours;

11) director of the Jagiellonian Library, director of the Jagiellonian University Museum, director of the Botanic Garden, director of the Jagiellonian University Archives, director of the Jagiellonian Language Centre, director of the JU Sports Centre, director of the Teacher Training Centre and the director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences – reduction up to 60 hours;

12) member of the Polish Accreditation Committee – possible complete or partial exemption;

13) member of the General Council for Science and Higher Education – possible complete or partial exemption;

2. Academic teacher who performs a function other than one of those specified above (at the university or outside the university), if it is of significant importance to the University and requires a significant workload, may be granted a teaching load reduction by a maximum of 60 hours depending on the financial capabilities of the organisational unit.

3. Academic teacher may be granted a reduction in the teaching load if he/she:

1) manages a project of vital importance for the University or a project where at least three PhD candidates or staff members are employed on the basis of scholarship or contract of employment – reduction of the teaching load may equal maximum up to 60 hours;

2) participates in implementation of a project, guidelines of which provide for the need or possibility of reducing the teaching load; the teaching load reduction may not exceed the amount specified in the project guidelines.

4. Academic teacher using the support programmes for researchers who apply for prestigious international projects defined in those programmes may be granted a reduction in the teaching load. The amount of teaching load may be reduced to 30 hours per year.

4a. Academic teacher who is an outstanding expert in the field/discipline which he/she represents, employed at the University, particularly in order to introduce to the JU research area an original subject, including creation of a team composed of particularly of young researchers, may be granted a reduction in the teaching load. The reduction in the teaching load should reflect the level of engagement in performance of research duties. The amount academic teacher’s teaching load may be then reduced to 60 hours per year.

4b. In particularly justified cases caused by temporary increase in research duties related to improvement of quality of research conducted in an unit (which do not result from performance of research projects financed from external sources) as well as upon preparation of an individual research plan, an academic teacher may be granted reduction of the teaching load. Reduction of the teaching load may be granted upon positive opinion by a dean or director of a non-faculty or inter-faculty unit, issued particularly on the basis of analysis of financial capacity of the managed organisational unit. Academic teacher’s teaching load may be then reduced to ½ of the prescribed teaching load per year.

5. Only a full-time employee for whom the Jagiellonian University is the primary place of employment shall be entitled to reduction in the teaching load.

6. An employee shall be entitled to reduction in the teaching load under one title only.

7. Reductions in teaching load shall be granted by the Rector of the Jagiellonian University at the request of the interested party, upon opinion provided by a dean or director of a non-faculty or inter-faculty unit. Reductions shall be granted only for one academic year.

8. An employee who was granted reduction in the teaching load, is entitled to remuneration solely for overtime hours for delivered classes which exceed the teaching load prior to the reduction.

 

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Planning and reviewing the teaching load, teaching overload and teaching hours assigned in civil law contracts is carried out with the help of the Student Information Service (USOS) and Systems Applications and Products (SAP), following the guidelines published on the Centre for Human Resources Web page.

Planning the teaching load for a given academic year is done at the University unit registered by the Centre for Human Resources as the unit that reviews the load and includes individual teaching load cards generated by the USOS and a collective plan of carrying out teaching hours.

University classes are planned in three cycles (winter, summer, annual) for the whole academic year. It is the dean or the head of an interfaculty and all-university unit who is responsible for  assigning teaching hours and ensuring the load is evenly assigned.

Upon the completion of the academic year, the University units that review the teaching load prepare a report on its assignment  in the form of an individual and  a collective form  generated by the USOSWeb, which constitute a basis of remuneration for teaching overload.

 

In some specific cases justified by the necessity to realize the study program , the academic teacher may be required to assume teaching overload that does not exceed:

1. ¼ annual teaching load in the case of  the teaching and researching faculty member

2. ½ annual teching load in the case of the teaching faculty member

Any assignment of the teaching lead that exceeds the quota quoted above must be first agreed upon in writing by the faculty member in the individual teaching load assignment card. The total overload must not exceed twice the annual amount of the teaching load.

Those faculty members who are pregnant or provide childcare cannot be assigned with the teaching load without her/his consent.

 

Teaching overload remuneration 

At Extra-Mural First Cycle And Second Cycle Studies, Long-Cycle MA Studies And Doctoral Studies, Postgraduate Studies, And Lifelong Learning Courses

Paid In A Foreign Lanuage

Paid In Polish As A Foreign Lanuage

At Stationary First Cycle And Second Cycle Studies, Long-Cycle MA Studies, And Doctoral Studies

​Doctoral Schools

Classes taught at full-time and part-time programmes, postgraduate programmes, doctoral programmes and doctoral schools, at paid programmes conducted in a foreign language, paid programmes conducted in Polish as a foreign language or at courses may be conducted on the basis of civil-law agreements.
The civil-law contracts may be concluded with a person with appropriate qualifications, not employed on the basis of the employment contract at the Jagiellonian University in the research and teaching staff group or teaching staff group. The conditions of conducting classes on the basis of civil-law contracts are specified in internal University acts. Concluding a civil law contract in a group of research workers is allowed only in exceptional cases with the consent of the respective Rector of the Jagiellonian University or the Vice-Rector for the Medical College.