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13-0-8 Full-time Faculty Workload/Overload

 

NUMBER:  13-0-8          APPROVED DATE:  08-07-2001

BASED ON POLICY NUMBER AND TITLE:  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.

  1. TEACHING ASSIGNMENT
    Faculty may be assigned to teach credit or non-credit courses in their area of expertise, without regard to time and location.
  2. 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. A minimum of 30 hours per week must be scheduled on campus, which is defined as any instructional location used by TTC for face-to-face classes.

    Direct instructional and indirect instructional activities are defined as follows:
    1. Direct:
      1. Classroom, laboratory, clinical, or online instructional hours.
      2. A minimum of eight published hours in which the instructor is available to students for advisement, assistance, and or/tutoring.
    2. Indirect:
      1. Registration and recruitment.
      2. Committee work or public service for the College.
      3. Self-enrichment in the instructor's discipline.
      4. Teaching/learning advancement activities.
      5. Course development, preparation, and evaluation activities, including grading.
      6. Curriculum development, evaluation, and revision.
      7. Industrial or community contracts.
      8. Articulation activities.
      9. Accreditation activities.
      10. Academic Advising
      11. Administrative duties.
      12. Other instruction and/or College related activities designated by the department head, dean, vice president, or president.
      13. Local travel time, other than commuting, done in the service of the College.
  3. TEACHING LOADS
    The State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education Procedure 8-2-103.1 states: "The desirable teaching load 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 College may adjust teaching loads for budgetary or productivity considerations.

    Load for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) and load for the Summer (including Maymester) are separate.
     
    1. Fall and Spring Semesters.  The full-time teaching load for Fall and Spring semesters shall be 15-18 credits for lecture courses, 6.67 to 8 credits for laboratory courses, 240 continuing education hours (CEH), or any combination of these three. The following formula will be used to determine teaching loads for full-time faculty for one semester:
      Teaching Load = [lecture credits + lab credits + CEH + release credits] x 100  
                                     15                   6.67          240             15 

      Using this formula, a full teaching load for one semester will be 100 to 120.  Full-time faculty must have a minimum of 200 for the nine-month (two-semester) academic year.

      Teaching loads of greater than 240 for any academic year may be allowed as an overload and may be considered for overload compensation. 
    2. Summer.  The full-time teaching load for the Summer shall be 12 to 14 credits for lecture courses, 5.33 to 6 credits for laboratory courses, 165 continuing education hours, or a combination. The following formula will be used to determine teaching loads for full-time faculty for Summer:

      Teaching Load = [lecture credits + lab credits + CEH + release credits] x 100  
                                       15                  6.67         240              15 

      Using this formula, a full teaching load for Summer will be 80-93.  Teaching loads of less than 80 for Summer will receive a prorated reduction in pay.

      Loads of greater than 93 for any Summer semester may be allowed as an overload, and may be considered for overload compensation.
  4. 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:
    1. Number of departments (where applicable)
    2. Number of full-time faculty
    3. Number of FTE part-time faculty
    4. Number of support areas supervised
    5. Number of support staff
    6. Annual student headcount for all courses in area
    7. Number of campuses served
    8. Number of collateral duties assigned
  5. RELEASE TIME
    Teaching faculty may be released from some or all of the normal teaching load to perform instruction 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.
  6. OVERLOAD PAY
    Faculty members who meet the minimum productivity requirement for the discipline and exceed the maximum of the teaching load range for the period may receive an overload payment.

    Overload payment will be based upon the number of credits taught above the maximum defined load.

    1. The overload pay rate will be based on the pay plan for adjunct faculty.
    2. 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.
    3. Approval for any overload and/or secondary employment at Trident must follow TTC Procedure 8-14-1.

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