3.10 Instructional Development Assignment Requests

Governing Policies:

Section 6.1.6, Faculty Handbook – Instructional Development Assignment


The Colorado School of Mines recognizes and supports the efforts of its non-tenure track faculty in delivering high-quality instruction to its students. Providing opportunities for faculty to improve instructional delivery is in the best interest of all of Mines constituencies. As such, Mines supports the provision of opportunities for non-tenure track faculty for the purpose of enhancing the faculty member’s ability to implement state-of-the-art instructional methods at Mines.

Once per year, Academic Affairs will solicit Instructional Development Assignment (IDA) requests from faculty and department heads. IDA requests are evaluated by the Provost and her/his Executive Team on the basis of their merit, supported by the completeness of the required supporting documentation. Details of the overall intent of the IDA program and faculty eligibility to participate in the program can be found in the Faculty Handbook, Section 6.1.6.

A faculty request to participate in an IDA should be clearly articulated and submitted as a formal proposal from the faculty member and accompanied by a letter of support from her/his Department Head. The faculty member’s request should contain the following:

  1. Faculty member’s name, department/division, area(s) of expertise, length of service at Mines (start date), date of last IDA (if any), and semester for which the faculty is requesting the IDA.
  2. A clear and complete description of the activities to be pursued should an IDA be granted.
  3. A discussion of how the requested IDA meet the goals of the program.
  4. The hardship imposed on the faculty member’s colleagues or department/division should the IDA be granted, and
  5. A completed IDA Request Summary.

The IDA Request Summary is available at the link below:

IDA Request Form

The form should be filled out completely (i.e., it should not contain one-line answers that simply refer to the faculty member’s or Department Head’s memoranda) and it must be kept to one page.

The letter of support from the Department Head should clarify and add perspective to the requested IDA and provide a detailed explanation of how hardships imposed by the faculty members alternate assignment will be remediated.

All three documents must be submitted electronically to Academic Affairs by the date published as part of the Academic Affairs calendar.

Finally, the Faculty Handbook requires that an IDA report be filed in a timely manner after the conclusion of the IDA. At the Provost’s request, faculty may be invited to make a presentation to the Board about their IDA.

Last Revision:

August 14, 2019