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Faculty Handbook

5. Faculty Contractual Provisions

Faculty Contractual Provisions 

Faculty Contractual Provisions are those policies listed below that constitute the contractual agreement between the college and the faculty. Changes in the contractual agreement become effective with the issuing of new contracts. Changes in the contractual agreement must be made in accordance with established procedures as indicated below. Matters covered in this section apply to all teaching faculty unless otherwise specified. Policies regarding Adjunct or Artist/Writer/Scholar in Residence positions are covered in the Adjunct Faculty Handbook. For those holding combined faculty and administrative appointments, this section applies only to the faculty part of the appointment. Faculty holding combined appointments should refer to the Staff Manual for a description of the rights and obligations associated with the non-faculty responsibilities of their appointments. 

Contract Length 

Full-time teaching faculty are issued twelve (12) month contracts (a full academic year). However, a full-time faculty is only required to teach in the fall and spring semesters; employee benefits are in effect for the entire term of the contract. There is no expectation or requirement that full-time faculty teach during the summer term, but instead use this time for academic preparation. All adjunct faculty are issued a contract which is typically for a single academic term. Definition of the Academic Year An academic year begins with the first fall faculty meeting/workshop and ends on the last day of the summer term. 

The academic year consists of two (2) semesters, each semester totaling a minimum of sixteen (16) weeks and summer terms of four (4) and eight (8) weeks. Faculty Teaching Load Faculty teaching loads in accordance with Board of Trustee Policy are prescribed by the administration. For the fall through spring semester period, each full-time member of the teaching faculty is required to conduct a total of twenty-seven (27) credit hours of instruction unless otherwise indicated. Laboratory portions of courses indicated as zero (0) credit hours are awarded one (1) credit hour toward the teaching load for each two (2) hour laboratory section scheduled. Equivalent credits for nontraditional instruction (hospital clinicals, classroom observations, etc.) are negotiated between the Dean or Division Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Faculty members teaching class sections by means of special arrangement receive, toward their teaching loads, the full credit that is indicated in the catalog for that course. Equivalent credit for directed studies is negotiated between the faculty member, student, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Faculty may be released from a portion of his/her required teaching load, without loss of compensation, if 

1) he/she is required to perform certain administrative responsibilities (e.g. serve as a Division Chair or Program Director), 

2) he/she agrees to carry out a special project or service beyond what is required in his/her contract or 

3) he/she is subject to the requirements of an accrediting or other regulating body. The amount of release time from a full teaching load for reasons number 1 and 2 is determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Class size is not a factor when determining teaching load for the fall and spring semester. It may be necessary at times however for the Vice President for Academic Affairs to cancel a course or a section of a course. Cancellation occurs only when there is fewer than five (5) students enrolled AND 2) the faculty can be reassigned to either a different course or another section of the same course that has five (5) or more students. Courses required by students in a particular degree program will not be canceled for low enrollment if the cancellation were to result in delaying a student's degree completion. Classes being taught by special arrangement or directed studies will also not be canceled due to low enrollment. If faculty teaches more than the total required credit hours during the fall through spring semester period, he/she will be paid additional compensation for the overload, (See Compensation, below). Because heavy teaching loads reduce time for other duties by full-time faculty, six (6) credit hours in the fall-spring semester period is recommended as the maximum overload.