I was lucky enough to get hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in computer science. During the negotiation of the offer (per email), the department head assured me that, during my first year, the usual teaching load of 2 courses per year will be reduced to 1 course.
After having accepted the offer and agreeing on a starting date in Spring (2017), I was told that I will be teaching 1 course in Spring (2017) and also another course in Fall (2017) as "I am not teaching any course this Fall (2016)" and hence I have a reduced teaching load as promised. The reasoning makes little sense to me as I will only be joining in Spring 2017. (For the record, I am going to be TA for a course at my current institution this Fall).
- How do I approach the situation?
- Is it common that new hires joining in Spring miss out on reduced responsibilities during the first year?
Note that the department/university is considered to be well-established (i.e. reasonably highly ranked and has been around for several decades.)
Edit: I will also be teaching a course in Spring 2018.