Do they differ from R1s significantly?
Date: 06 Jan 2012 20:36
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From what I understand, you teach more if you do less research at R2s. Funding can help buy out of teaching loads, and some departments may offer incentives of reduced course loads if they know you are actively seeking funding.
At my R2 school it is a 2-2 teaching load but course releases are given after a grant has been secured. Course releases were more common before (for more service activities in the department or writing grants) but it is becoming harder to get a course release so more of us are actually teaching a 2-2 now. Mostly graduate courses but maybe one larger undergraduate course a year.
I think it depends on what counts as an "R2" school. There are schools with 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, and 4-4 loads.
I agree with above posts. I think that 2-2 is the norm, but I think you shouldn't be surprised if you see it range from 1-2 to 2-3.
Personally, I don't think you can expect faculty to have higher than a 2-3 and seriously call yourself an R2 institution. Likewise, I don't think it makes sense for an R2 to have a teaching load as low as 1-1.
Lastly, something to consider is the type of class that counts as a full course (team taught, large intro, small seminar) and how many credits each course is. You might hear that a school has a 3-3, but then find out that each course is 4 credits…
Is it appropriate to ask the search committee how many classes one will be expected to teach? The reason why I ask is because it is not clear to me which schools are R1 or R2, how do you tell?
It's definitely worth asking, because teaching loads can differ, even among institutions of the same type.
R1, R2, etc. are old terms from the Carnegie Classification. The terms have since changed, but people usually mean R1 to mean the highest research level (RU-VH), and R2 the next (RU-H). The other terms, like (S)LAC are used more loosely (which has been discussed elsewhere in the forum) and may not correspond to the actual Carnegie Classifications.
You can look up classifications (and see what they mean) here: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/