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### Faculty Member Teaching Hour Information

Teaching Hours Guidelines Q&A

Item | Question | Answer |

1 | If a student under thesis supervision takes a leave of absence for the current semester, can the instructor still log the number of hours spent on that particular student for the current semester? | If the student applied for taking a leave of absence before the course addition/cancellation period of the current semester, the instructor may not redeem the hours with respect to that student; if the student applied for taking a leave of absence after the course addition/cancellation period, it does not affect the original number of hours which can be redeemed by the instructor. |

2 | How are joint supervision hours calculated? | Refer to the co-organized course and distribute the hours proportionally according to the number of teaching hours. |

3 | Can supervision hours provided to a student from another department be redeemed? | Yes, the hours can be redeemed. |

4 | If the student applies for leave of absence during the semester, resulting in a shortage of teaching hours for the instructor, how should the matter be handled? | If the student applied for suspension of study after the course addition/cancellation period, it does not affect the original number of hours which can be redeemed by the instructor. |

5 | From when should the calculation of hours be counted? From the semester when thesis defense takes place? Or from when the student submits the thesis guidance agreement contract? | The calculation of hours is based on semesters as units, if a student has already chosen a supervisor, and did not apply for taking a leave of absence before the course addition/cancellation period; those teaching hours can be included in the calculation. |

6 | If a student changes his/her supervisor during the semester, how should the hours be calculated? | If a student changes his/her supervisor before the course addition/cancellation deadline, the original thesis supervisor may not redeem the number of teaching hours for that student; if a student changes his/her supervisor after the course addition/cancellation deadline, the number of teaching hours of the original thesis supervisor are not affected, the new thesis supervisor can start calculating teaching hours from the following semester. |

7 | Can thesis supervision for continuing education students be counted as teaching hours? | Teaching hours for continuing education classes cannot be included as a part of the instructor's basic teaching hours; therefore thesis supervision for continuing education students cannot be calculated as teaching hours. |

8 | Can part-time instructors redeem their number of teaching hours? | Thesis supervision teaching hours is a part of full-time instructors' basic teaching hours; part-time instructors cannot redeem their number of teaching hours. |

9 | Can thesis supervision hours be combined with academic research or reduced teaching hours for new instructors? Is part-time teaching allowed? | Yes, the only restriction for thesis supervision is that the number of hours cannot be exceeded. |

10 | If a student under an instructor's supervision goes on a study exchange during one semester, can the hours of that semester still be redeemed? | As exchange students are still enrolled at NTNU, their teaching hours can still be redeemed. |

11 | Is the calculation period for redeeming thesis supervision hours per semester or per academic year? What is the deadline for the reduction of teaching hours? Are there any measures in place for applying every other year or retaining what we have? | 1. The calculation period is per semester. 2. The reduction of hours applies to all supervised students during the current semester; therefore retention is not an issue. |

12 | When the instructor applies for teaching hour reduction, is there a restriction on the total number of teaching hours? | According to Paragraph 3 of Article 3 of the "Teaching Hours Guidelines": Full-time instructors who have taken on reduced teaching hours are still required to teach at least 2 hours each semester and at least 9 hours per academic year. Those who have taken on reduced teaching hours for administrative duties are still required to teach at least 3 hours per academic year. The statement "still required to teach at least 9 hours per academic year" does not include time served as an adviser, tutor or service-learning courses. |

13 | If the student applies for taking a leave of absence before the course addition/cancellation deadline, resulting in the original teaching hours of the instructor being affected, what can be done? | If a student applies for taking a leave of absence before the course addition/cancellation deadline, resulting in the original teaching hours of the instructor being affected, the matter should be handled in the same manner as when a course is canceled resulting in a shortage of teaching hours. |

14 | When a department or instructor supervises a student thesis, should the "teaching hours" system or the "directed study and independent study courses" system be implemented? | The department or instructor supervising a student thesis should select one from the "teaching hours" system or the "directed study and independent study courses" system for implementation. |

15 | If an instructor has taken a leave of absence in the previous semester, how are teaching hours for the next semester calculated? | According to Paragraph 2 of Article 3 of the "Teaching Hours Guidelines": Instructors may reduce their average teaching hours by up to four hours in one semester and make up to the yearly average in the following semester, provided that such arrangements do not affect the teaching of the curriculum. Instructors who have taken reduced teaching hours must still teach an average of at least two credits (hours) each semester. |

16 | Is it affected by teaching outside of the University? | Apart from instructors who have applied for reduced teaching hours and new instructors with reduced teaching hours not eligible to teach outside of the University, whether other instructors can teach outside of the University is at the discretion of the department. |