A considerable amount of time can be spent in developing future course schedules and instructor assignments over a multi-semester time period. Certain undergraduate courses may be taught every semester or annually. Graduate courses may be taught annually, every third semester or once every two years. When the same instructor teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses the problem of allocating the instructor's teaching time given the constraints on course rotations can be perplexing. Departments will often have a traditional teacher/course rotation set up but more often the class schedules are always in a state of flux as sabbaticals are taken, foreign assignments are realized, new courses are added, and courses are terminated. The problem is probably more acute in departments where instructors are not teaching every semester because of research contracts and the instructor would prefer to have all teaching responsibilities occur in one semester.



teaching responsiblities, course schedules, instructor schedules

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