What’s the 411 on these Standard Workload Forms?

Who? All Full-time Academic Faculty

Why? An objective way to assign, measure and monitor workload.

What? Consists of four components or factors to be considered in determining workload.

1. Teaching contact hours
2. Preparation
3. Evaluation
4. Complementary functions (e.g. committee work or projects)

How? Through the use of standard workload fillable forms, management and faculty can draft possible scenarios for the upcoming semester. A copy of the form is provided here.

When? Mid-semester faculty and immediate supervisors meet (Associate Dean or Dean) to draft each member’s Standard Workload Form. This is then given to the academic faculty member to review six weeks prior to the semester. Then the member can agree or disagree with the draft. If the member agrees to the assignment they can sign the form, but if they disagree they can continue to negotiate with their manager to hopefully reach a mutually agreed upon workload. If this is not the case then the proposed draft can be referred to the Workload Management Group (WMG) for review. Where the matter will be discussed and recommendations made. Note: Once the member receives the proposed workload assignment then the member has five days to agree, continue to negotiate or disagree and refer it to WMG. If the form is left unsigned after five days it is deemed as accepted by the member.

Goal? Mutually agreed upon workload between 40-44 hours/week. Probationary faculty are not permitted to work over 44 hours/week. Overtime and Coordinator hours are not mandatory and faculty have the right to decline the offer.

Where? Access the Standard Workload Fillable Form and an Annotated SWF via the buttons on this page.

*** For Full-time Faculty, the deadline for managers to provide your Standard Workload Form (SWF) is Friday, November 27.

You have five days to sign and accept your SWF or write back to your manager indicating that you do not accept it as is. If you do nothing, your SWF will be deemed signed as is.


Each day this week, SLC faculty local 417 will be sharing advice and information Two drop-in sessions about SWFs are happening this week. Visit www.slcfaculty.ca/meetings for details.

Find some helpful links about your SWF below:

Downloadable Documents

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Annotated SWF

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Standard Workload Form

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SWF Calculator