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SBTCE 8-2-103: FACULTY TEACHING/WORKLOAD AND OVERLOAD COMPENSATION
PURPOSE: To define teaching loads and overload payments for full-time instructors during the academic year. This procedure is based upon guidelines in State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE) Procedure 8-2-103.1, "Faculty Teaching/Work Load and Overload Compensation." Faculty on academic year contracts may be considered for supplemental summer contracts.
- TEACHING ASSIGNMENT
Faculty may be assigned to teach credit or non-credit courses in their area of expertise, without regard to time and location.
- WORK WEEK
The minimum work week for a full-time faculty member at Trident Technical College is 40 hours of combined direct and indirect instructional activities. Direct instructional activities should be performed on campus, which is defined as any instructional location used by Trident.
Direct instructional and indirect instructional activities are defined as follows:
- Classroom, laboratory, clinical, or online instructional hours.
- A minimum of eight posted hours in which the instructor is available to students for advisement, assistance, and or/tutoring.
- Registration and recruitment.
- Committee work or public service for the College.
- Self-enrichment in the instructor's discipline.
- Teaching/learning advancement activities.
- Course development, preparation, and evaluation activities, including grading.
- Curriculum development, evaluation, and revision.
- Industrial or community contracts.
- Articulation activities.
- Accreditation activities.
- Academic Advising
- Administrative duties.
- Other instruction and/or College related activities designated by the department head, Dean, vice president, or president.
- Local travel time, other than commuting, done in the service of the College.
A minimum of 30 hours per week must be scheduled on campus, which may include direct and indirect instructional activities. Hours in excess of the faculty member's direct teaching activities and eight hours for student availability may be posted as on-campus hours.
- TEACHING LOADS
The State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education Procedure 8-2-103.1 states: "The desirable teaching load for either fall or spring semester shall be 15 to 18 semester credit hours or 20 to 24 instructor classroom/lab contact hours." Since all laboratory classes at Trident Technical College provide 3 hours of instruction per credit, the range of 20 to 24 contact hours can be expressed as 6.67 to 8 credits.
- The Fall and Spring Semester shall normally consist of 15 weeks each for instruction and exam periods. The full-time teaching load for Fall and Spring semester shall be 15-18 credits for lecture courses, 6.67 to 8 credits for laboratory courses, 240 continuing education hours, or a combination. The following formula will be used to determine teaching loads for full-time faculty for one semester:
FTL = lecture credits + lab credits + CEH + release credits
15 6.67 240 15
CEH stands for Continuing Education Hours per semester. An FTL of one (1.0) is a full-time teaching load for one semester. Full-time faculty must have a minimum FTL of two (2.0) for a nine-month (two-semester) period. Teaching loads of greater than 2.4 for any contract period will be considered an overload and will be considered for overload compensation. Teaching loads may be adjusted for budgetary or productivity considerations.
- The Summer term shall normally consist of 9 weeks for instruction and exam periods. The full-time teaching load for the Summer term shall be 12 to 14 credits for lecture courses, 5.33 to 6 credits for laboratory courses, 165 total hours of continuing education for load, or a combination. The following formula will be used to determine teaching loads for full-time faculty for Summer term.
FTL = lecture credits + lab credits + CEH + release credits
12 5.33 165 11
An FTL of one (1.0) is the minimum full-time teaching load for Summer. Teaching loads for less than 1.0 FTL for Summer will receive a prorated reduction in pay. Loads of greater than 1.3 for any Summer contract period will be considered an overload, and will be considered for overload compensation. Teaching loads may be adjusted for budgetary or productivity considerations.
- WORK LOAD ADJUSTMENTS
Deans may, in writing, request adjustments to the faculty teaching loads specified above. These adjustments are to take into account exceptional responsibilities. The Dean shall submit such requests to the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the beginning of the term for which the request is made.
The teaching load for department heads and division Deans may be reduced to provide time for the performance of the administrative duties and responsibilities normally associated with the specific job assignment. (See SBTCE Procedure 8-2-102.1.) Department heads and division Deans with a reduced teaching load normally are not eligible for teaching overload compensation; however, extenuating circumstances may warrant overload compensation.
In determining teaching loads for department heads and division Deans, the following factors will be considered:
- Number of departments (where applicable)
- Number of full-time faculty
- Number of FTE part-time faculty
- Number of support areas supervised
- Number of support staff
- Annual student headcount for all courses in area
- Number of campuses served
- Number of collateral duties assigned
- RELEASE TIME
Teaching faculty may be released from some or all of the normal teaching load to perform instructional related administrative assignments not normally associated with the primary job assignment. Such assignments are to be considered temporary and normally may not exceed one academic year. Any instructional related administrative assignment that necessitates extension beyond two academic years will require SBTCE and South Carolina Human Resource Management Division concurrence. Teaching faculty with a reduced teaching load normally are not eligible for teaching overload compensation; however, extenuating circumstances may warrant overload compensation.
- OVERLOAD PAY
Faculty members who meet the minimum productivity requirement and exceed the instructional hours requirement may receive an overload payment.
Overload payment will be based upon the number of credits taught above the defined load.
- The overload pay rate will be based on the pay plan for adjunct faculty.
- Load for the academic year contract and load for the Summer contract are figured separately with no carryover.
- A faculty member's overload and/or secondary employment may not exceed 30 percent of the annualized salary during a fiscal year (SBTCE Procedure 8-2-100.1) if the secondary employment is with another state agency.
- Approval for any overload and/or secondary employment at Trident must follow TTC Procedure 8-14-1.
- Faculty are eligible for secondary employment after they meet the minimum instructional hours required that academic year if productivity goals have been met.
Updated January 15, 2008
Updated August 5, 2013
Updated March 19, 2014
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