n South African Journal of Higher Education - Attempting a fair and equitable academic workload distribution in a Faculty of Education

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article concerns the efforts in a faculty of Education at a fairly large, research-oriented university to explore and develop a workload model for academic staff. Through a process of action research a set of criteria and sub-criteria was generated and tested in a departmental setting. Both literature and staff members' participation in the development of instrumentation were analysed for crucial issues and factors raised and their implications considered for redefining and weighing elements of academic work. Findings correspond to previous research in the area of academic workload distribution and point in the direction of facilitating a more fair and equitable workload distribution as well as satisfaction in general among academic staff.

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