Team teaching; just found out that RNU doesn't really have a policy on team teaching. Arts & Sciences is trying to develop one, and yup, I'm on the committee that is to draft both policy and language.
Does your university/school/dept have a team teaching practice? Does it have a policy? Do you wish it did? What would it look like, how would it work? Input needed ASAP!
Our existing non-policy has been that team teaching took place in two areas: in the Honors program, as a Junior-Senior Honors seminar and more recently at the university level in what is laughingly called 'Liberal Arts Seminar' that aims for interdisciplinary freshman seminars, taught by two or more faculty. If one team teaches for the Honors program, each participating professor gets to count that class toward their total load. That is, if you're on a 3/4 contract, that one class counts as a full class toward your load. However, if you do the freshman LAS, a team taught class counts as .5 of a class. As I pointed out today, that solves nobody's problem of staffing one. What professor wants to have to do twice as many classes to get the same load count? And if you teach 2.5 in one term, that means you have to find another half-course load for the following semester, so that you'd do 4.5 there? What are you supposed to do for that .5 (or even less, potentially) class? Scheduling nightmare.
So we're obviously going to suggest that any class that is team taught - since it requires more work - be counted towards the faculty's load as a full class. That is just as obviously going to run into problems re: funding and class size, descriptions, cross-listing etc..
Any experience, suggestions, warnings, etc.. most welcome. Crowd-sourcing!