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Policy: FT Faculty Requirements

Document Number: 1.050
Title: Workload Requirements for Full-Time Faculty
Effective Date: 8/13/2018
Revised Date: 9/25/2018

Purpose, Scope and Applicability
River Parishes Community College has established this workload policy, defining faculty types and providing established workload requirements that allow faculty to fulfill responsibilities  according to position type. The purpose of this document is to publish established guidelines for a faculty member work week and course/work requirements for full-time faculty members
teaching credit courses through River Parishes Community College. Specific requirements, such as course loads, calculation of overload pay, adjunct pay, extended day assignments, supplemental employment and college obligations are outlined in this document. This policy applies to faculty teaching credit courses: 9-Month Faculty; 12-Month Faculty; Temporary Full-time Faculty; and Grant Employees who are in grant positions comparable to full-time faculty teaching credit courses.

Definition and Faculty Types
Faculty: As defined by LA Rev Stat § 17: 3304

Members of the instructional staff of each college and university having the rank of instructor or higher and persons engaged in library, artistic, research and investigative positions of equal
dignity, shall constitute the faculty of each college and university. The head of each college or university and its academic officers shall be members of the faculty.

Full-Time Faculty: refers to faculty placed under contract (or under a letter of appointment) with a designation within the four specified ranks (i.e. Instructor, Associate Professor, Assistant
Professor, Professor). The full-time faculty designation is absent a reference to temporary or adjunct status. Full-time faculty may be reflected within nine-month or twelve-month contracts/ letters of appointment. Only full time faculty members are eligible for promotion in rank. This designation is also referred to by the term “permanent” full-time faculty. Full-time faculty members are hired on a one year (typically fall/spring) contract.

Temporary Faculty: refers to faculty employed on a temporary basis, on a part-time basis, or who are hired with titles outside of the designated faculty ranks and are not eligible for promotion until such time as their contractual status and their designations are changed to become a part of the specified faculty ranks described within the published faculty rank and promotion policy.

  • Part-Time / Adjunct Faculty: refers to faculty members holding contracts (or letters of appointment) to teach less than a full-time course load (i.e. less than 30 hours per week) or to teach less than a full session on a semester-by-semester or summer term basis. Adjunct faculty members’ contracts contain no guarantee of continued employment.

Full-time and part-time faculty must hold acceptable SACS COC credentials for transfer courses and the appropriate industry license, credential, and/or experience to teach in technical or
transitional education fields.

Full-Time Faculty Work Week (Excerpt from LCTCS Policy 6.0003)

For each full-time unclassified employee, each appointing authority shall establish administrative work weeks of not less than forty (40) hours per week or pay periods of not less than eighty (80) hours per pay period. The purpose of establishing the 40-hour week/80-hour pay period is to provide appointing authorities a system of accounting for and the taking of leave. A work station normally will be one’s office or elsewhere on the employer’s premises, or at other locations as approved by the appointing authority while representing the employer. For example, it is understood that some faculty work may be done outside the office in places such as the library, in laboratories or in off-campus sites.

Work Load
In accordance with Louisiana Community and Technical College System policy, the College has established a 40-hour work week for all full-time faculty members. Of those 40 hours, it is  understood that some faculty work is done outside the office such as in libraries and laboratories, online and off-campus. During fall and spring semesters, the College expects instructional faculty to be on campus (including instructional or clinical/practicum site) at least four days per week. The Director of Human Resources may approve necessary exceptions to the four day a week work schedule with supervisor approval.

Of these 40 hours, a combined total of 25 hours must be devoted to lecture, lab, and posted office hours distributed at time convenient for students. A minimum of 15 credit hours of the total 25 hours must be devoted to classroom and/or laboratory teaching assignments. Full-time faculty members are required to post between 5-10 office hours per week, as determined by teaching load of 15-20 credit hours. These office hours must be at times convenient for students and must be at least 30 minutes in length. Office hours are to be submitted to Academic Studies and posted for students every semester. In a situation where a faculty member teaches more than 15 credit hours, as part of a regular full-time teaching load, the overall combined credit hours and office hours are to total 25 hours with no fewer than 5 office hours.

The remaining 15 hours are flexible hours devoted to fulfilling other College obligations such as, but not limited to, committee work, participation in faculty convocation and other faculty  meetings, registration and advising, serving as faculty sponsor for student organizations, curriculum development and revision, partnership activities with business/industry and secondary partners. All faculty, especially full-time technical faculty, are expected to initiate and participate in business and industry activities, such as advisory groups, plan visits, needs assessments, and training and recruitment activities.

Faculty Obligations to the College Outside of Teaching, Classroom, Lab Responsibilities
Full-time faculty members are expected to participate in college non-teaching activities as part of their faculty duties. Faculty members must seek authorization and take leave for absence of
any required duty. These activities and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Registration and Student Advisement
Registration and student advisement duties are inherent in each full-time faculty member’s responsibilities. Registration duties will be assigned for both regular and late registration, as well as during office hours. Advisement occurs throughout the academic year.

Partnership Activities, Service to the College & Committee Work 
Faculty members are to participate in College, divisional, departmental committees, college service assignments and partnership activities with secondary and/or business and industry partners as assigned.

Commencement Exercises
All full-time faculty members are expected to attend commencement exercises.

Calculation of Overload
A. Full-Time Faculty Overload Contract Pay in Fall and Spring Semesters

A full-time faculty member’s annual salary is based on a total of 40 hours: combined total of 25 hours devoted to lecture, lab, and posted office hours and a total of 15 hours of professional development and other college obligations.

Prior authorization is required for reassigned time. Reassigned time may be used to calculate the required 40 hours or be assigned as overload, whereby the result of this reassignment results in some documentable work for the College with supervisor approval. Independent study sections may be set up with supervisor approval for students close to completion of an award in a current or upcoming semester and with other special exception, as approved by supervisor. Faculty will be paid for these independent study options, $49 per student per credit hour enrolled, which is the
assigned per student rate.

Overload or contract pay is paid for work in excess of the 25 hours devoted to lecture, lab, and posted office hours. Full-time faculty are paid overload via contract, by the course, lecture courses are reimbursed at a per credit hour rate of $765. Faculty members are paid overload for laboratories by the course as well at a rate of $765 per work load point based on the lab work load point schedule. Full-time faculty may be approved and contracted to teach up to 40% during a fall and spring semester (i.e. 6 credit hours) over a full-time load. In special circumstances, a faculty member may be approved to teach more than 40% load with supervisor approval.

B. Full-Time Faculty Contract Summer Session Pay

Except for 12-Month faculty, all full-time faculty members are hired on-contract, as adjuncts, for the Summer sessions. Summer faculty are limited to a total of 12 credit hours for the summer term. 9-Month full-time faculty members are paid by the course at the adjunct rate of pay of $765 per credit hour for lecture courses. Lab courses are reimbursed by contact hour at a rate of $765 per contact hour. Full-time faculty members teaching during the summer are not required to post office hours, but are expected to respond to student e-mails as part of the contracted rate for the course.

General Provisions

Full-time faculty members will typically be required to teach part of the full-load during the evening, weekend, or online. When this is necessary, the schedule of classes will be designed so that a faculty member does not have a late evening and early morning classes on consecutive days.

Contract classes, overload pay, and summer teaching contracts are not guaranteed to full-time faculty members. Student demand for courses is necessary for faculty to maintain a full-time  assignment. Should student enrollment or demand for courses become a concern in regard to a full-time faculty member’s annual contract, temporary reassignment of duties may be an option and Human Resources and Academic Studies will provide the faculty member written notice concerning the drop in enrollment pertaining to potential implications for annual contract renewal.

Adjunct, Part-time Faculty, Pay and Status in Regard to Health Care Benefits

Part-time faculty, or adjuncts, are hired on a semester-by semester basis. The total hours assigned to a part-time faculty member is not to exceed a total of 12 credit hours in a given semester. Part-time faculty are not paid by the hour, but rather by the course. Each lecture course will be paid at a rate of $765 per credit hour. Faculty members are paid overload for laboratories by the course at a rate of $765 per work load point based on the lab work load point schedule. For purposes health care eligibility, part-time faculty are defined by the IRS as follows:

26 CFR Parts 1, 54, and 301
An institution of higher education with (a) 2 1/4 hours of service (representing a combination of teaching or classroom time and time performing related tasks such as class preparation and grading of examinations or papers) per week for each hour of teaching or classroom time (in other words, in addition to crediting an hour of service for each hour teaching in the  classroom, this method would credit an additional 1 1/4 hours for activities such as class preparation and grading) and, separately, (b) an hour of service per week for each additional hour outside of the classroom the faculty member spends performing duties he or she is required to perform (such as required office hours or required attendance at faculty meetings). Thus, according to the rule, a college or university could deem an adjunct faculty member who teaches 12 credits as having worked 27 hours a week (12 x 2.25).