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Credit Hours

The Stamps School of Art & Design, consistent with all units at the University of Michigan, uses the Semester Hour to award credit. One semester hour of credit represents at least three hours of work each week, on average, over a period of fifteen to sixteen weeks, including in-class time plus out-of-class preparation, project, and study time.

The work expectation for a three-credit hour studio / lab course is 6 class (studio/lab) hours + 3 out-of-class production/preparation hours, on average, per week, for fifteen to sixteen weeks.

The work expectation for a three-credit academic or lecture course is 2 class lecture hours + 1 class discussion hour + 6 out-of-class preparation hours, on average, per week, for fifteen to sixteen weeks.

Faculty Absences

Faculty members are reminded to observe the following procedures when an absence impacts instructional and/or other School obligations:

To report a planned absence, email artdes-absence@umich.edu. Include brief details on the reason for the absence, and arrangements you have made to cover instructional activities or other obligations impacted by the absence. Planned time away from School (ex. conference, exhibition opening) should be reported at least one week in advance. Reminder: Avoid scheduling time away from the School at the beginning or end of a semester. Specifically, faculty are asked to be available roughly two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester and to be present during the first and last two weeks of classes for each semester.

To report an unexpected absence due to sudden illness, traffic, or other unforeseen situation, call 734-936-0671 and leave a message including your name, the name of the class impacted by the absence, and brief instructions for students. As soon as practical, send a followup email to artdes-absence@umich.edu with the information noted above.

Messages sent to artdes-absence@umich.edu will reach Stamps School Deans, HR staff, senior administrators, and Academic Programs Center personnel.

For those who are ​arranging a substitute to cover absences, please consult with Stamps HR (artdes-hr@umich.edu) prior to finalizing arrangements to ensure compliance with University guidelines. ​Depending on the nature of the absence, the cost of a substitute is paid by the faculty member or the School. ​This is especially important when substitutes are LEO and GEO employees, as there are established guidelines that govern compensation when these employees ​are assigned extra duties.

Faculty Handbook

This document is designed to provide the faculty with access to current, general principles and procedures that govern faculty creative work, research, teaching, and service. It does not include every practice or guideline that informs School operations or faculty business; rather, it focuses on the major policies, practices, and procedures that concern the entire faculty.

The content reflects a combination of both faculty-approved policies and procedures, and policies and procedures that, over years of development, have become standard practice. Compiling and organizing all of this information required extensive input by many faculty and staff, as will annual updates. The Faculty Handbook incorporates all other Stamps School documents that address faculty governance and policies, and serves as the primary resources for Stamps-related policies and practice.

Mid-Term Progress Report Form

Stamps faculty use this form to provide mid-term progress updates to their students.  The information entered into this form will be sent to the student and to the Smucker-Wagstaff Academic Programs office.

Mid-term reports can provide all students, especially first-years, with useful feedback. Mid-term reports can help all students gain a better understanding of their progress and how their grades are calculated.