This policy is intended to recognize variations in contact hours, preparations and the number of students taught. Deans shall make reasonable allowances for these variances to provide equity in teaching assignments.
Typically, high enrollment loads may be lower in contact hours and preparations and low enrollment loads may be higher in contact hours and preparations. In addition, instructional areas supported by teaching assistants may be higher than average in all factors: contact hours, preparations and enrollments. Deans also may recommend alternative assignments in lieu of no more than four (4) contact hours of a teaching load. Acceptable assignments may include: serving in the advising center, staffing the writing lab, serving as the assessment liaison for their department, serving as an advisor of a college recognized club or association, tutoring and/or recruiting. Other alternative assignments must be approved by the Vice President of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment.
A faculty member’s respective Dean and the Vice President of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment determines whether the work load is considered full.
All nine (9) month faculty are paid at the adjunct faculty rate for all summer courses.
The faculty work week, which includes instruction, preparation, office hours and service to the college, shall be a minimum of thirty-seven and a half (37 ½) hours per week. As part of the normal five (5) day work week and consistent with the faculty job description, all full-time faculty members are expected to:
In addition to the above list, faculty members may be expected to:
All full-time faculty members are required to maintain a minimum of five (5) office hours per week. Additional time may be necessary for high enrollment courses. In technical courses with high contact lab hours, office hours may be satisfied through time spent with students in the lab setting. It is left to the faculty member’s professional judgment and discretion to know when he/she needs to spend additional time in assisting students, class preparation, planning and other institutional activities.
The following criteria are to be used in scheduling the required office hours:
Any exceptions to the above must be approved by the appropriate Dean and the Vice President of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment.
No overload or additional assignment(s) (includes curriculum or continuing education instruction, and/or non-teaching) will be allowed without the recommendation of the appropriate Dean(s), prior approval of the Vice President of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment, and final approval by the President.
In certain semesters, it may be necessary to exceed these guidelines without overload recognition for individual instructors if the instructional budget does not allow for the necessary funds for adjunct instructors.
When a teaching faculty member must be absent he/she must notify his/her Dean or department secretary as soon as possible. If he/she is unable to reach the Dean or department secretary, he/she should call the Vice President of Academic and Student Services and Institutional Assessment. If at all possible, arrangements should be made by the faculty member to have the class covered. Class time lost due to faculty absence must be made up to assure student completion of course objectives. All faculty absences must be accounted for in accordance with the College leave policies.
Policy Number: 305-01-00BP
Adopted: November 2, 1999
Amended: May 22, 1991; July 20, 2006; January 28, 2009; January 4, 2010; May 11, 2010; May 24, 2011; November 12, 2013