A full-time teaching load for faculty usually includes classes and/or labs during the standard work week—Monday through Friday. The teaching assignment may be on- or off-campus and include the evening program and distance learning (i.e. hybrid and Internet) as necessary. The responsibilities will involve advising, performing divisional and College District duties, participating in official College District functions, and attending general faculty meetings.
Teaching assignments and schedules will be made by the division director based on student needs and demand. All full-time faculty are expected to be able to teach all courses within their discipline and the College District will attempt to make full use of all personnel resources.
The teaching load is five classes, or 14–16 semester credit hours, each long semester with the average being 15 semester hours. The load calculations may vary and the following principles apply to equating loads for each semester:
1. Lecture courses: One hour each week equals one credit hour. Virtual hours are equivalent for workload based on semester credit hours.
2. Lecture/laboratory* courses: Two hours lab each week equals one credit hour. * Laboratories are scheduled at a specific time; taught and prepared by an instructor; structured with specific assignments and projects to be completed each period; and they are a continuation of the lecture.
3. Laboratory courses: Three hours lab each week equals one credit hour or may be paid by contact hour rate.
4. A practicum or co-op of approximately 20–25 students equates to three credit hours. If less than 20 students, the instructor will be paid pro rata of the course semester credit hours. (10–13 students = 1/2 credit; 5–7 students = 1/4 credit).
5. Private instruction: Three hours each week equals two credit hours as part of load. ( 1 hr. private = 2/3 credit) Overload hours are paid at the approved rate on the salary schedule.
6. Accompanying: Two hours equals one credit hour.
Musical accompanying: Two equated credits.
7. Instructional contracts in specialized areas may reflect different loads related to the unique discipline, laboratory area, or extremely small class size (under 10). In specialized areas contact hour loads may vary from 16–35 contact hours each week.
8. Reduced classroom teaching loads may be approved to permit other special assignments and projects, including curriculum development. However, only one 3–4 SCH overload is allowed for these individuals.
9. Overload is the teaching load above the established standard class and laboratory load. This assignment requires consideration of the full-time load, total student enrollment, contact hours, number of preparations, instructional effectiveness, and any other campus responsibilities. In general, the upper limits of a teaching assignment shall be 18–21 semester hours or equivalent. Scheduled overloads should not reduce the time required for student conferences and other campus duties.
Courses taught in community services shall also be subject to these overload guidelines. Communication for a faculty member to teach a course shall be initiated by the Vice President of Community Services with the appropriate Division Director.
The teaching load for all part-time instructors is a maximum of two courses or eight semester credit hours.
Part-time and overload pay will be paid at the approved rate on the salary schedule.
Summer load assignments may vary. Some are defined in contract letters with corresponding pay defined and others are dependent upon the needs of College District programs. The maximum normally allowed is two courses or eight semester credit hours; a request must be submitted and approved by the Vice President and Dean of Instruction for additional hours.
10. Oversized classes require prior documentation of need and approval.
It is the responsibility of the Division Director to assign faculty work-loads with current applicable policy.
It is the responsibility of the Division Director to prepare an official report of the workload according to an established calendar on the form provided.
It is the responsibility of the Vice President and Dean of Instruction to ensure that the College District’s workload policy is being implemented and accurately reported and maintained.