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D-3. Faculty Workloads
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Value Statements

  • The college understands that its faculty resources must be appropriately balanced among the functions of instruction, instructional development and renewal, professional development, and access to students.
  • ACC will appropriately compensate adjunct faculty for their contributions to strong instructional programs and other services to the institution.
A. Faculty Duties:

In this and all other Board policies, the term "faculty" does not refer to the adjunct faculty or faculty paid hourly unless specifically indicated.

The College shall maintain a clear delineation of duties for adjunct and full-time faculty. Standard adjunct-faculty duties relate to areas of direct instruction, including needed preparation and grading, and the associated section-specific student consultation. The College shall generally place at least as high a value on such direct instruction as on other faculty work. The College shall usually rely on full-time faculty for further required faculty work, such as subject-area advising, instructional planning, curriculum innovation, program and personnel evaluation, supervision of adjunct faculty, and shared-governance responsibilities. For appropriate liaison or specialized tasks, or when there are not enough full-time faculty in an area, adjunct faculty may be selected to work in these areas.

B. Faculty

1] The total responsibilities of faculty positions shall require at least 40 hours per week on a full-time basis. Such positions are filled by the faculty appointment process described in Policy F-4. They will typically be on a full-time basis, but the President may establish fractional faculty positions when deemed appropriate, in which case both the salary and all the responsibilities described below are reduced proportionally. Faculty contracts are for a nine-month period, which generally includes Fall and Spring semesters. Faculty have the option of choosing to teach during a summer session, at one-sixth of their nine-month pay.

[2] The workload for faculty will typically include a teaching courseload of 30 lecture equivalent hours (LEH) for an academic year (an average of 15 hours per week), and 5 or 6 additional LEH in a summer semester. Faculty members shall schedule at least five office hours per week for consultation with students, and shall make at least five additional office hours per week available by appointment.

[3] The President shall set equivalency rules for faculty workloads to determine how labs, unusual teaching situations, and other modes of direct student contact will be counted toward this courseload. These rules may also provide that only partial credit is given for sections substantially smaller than the target size for that course.

[4] The President shall specify workload and vacation rules for faculty whose primary responsibilities are other than classroom teaching, such as librarians and counselors with faculty status.

[5] Each faculty member shall be expected to share responsibilities related to the total concerns of the College. Such responsibilities include instructional development, faculty meetings, committee and task-force assignments, registration duties, student advisement, other assigned responsibilities, and appropriate self-directed professional activities. The President may correspondingly reduce courseloads and/or provide stipends to faculty members whose non-teaching assignments substantially exceed the typical amount.

[6] Faculty members who, with appropriate approvals, teach more than a full courseload (with appropriate additional office hours) shall be paid for the excess at adjunct-faculty rates.

[7] Each faculty member shall be consulted prior to the determination of his or her teaching schedule and work assignments; however, the administration shall make work and class assignments as needed.

C. Adjunct Faculty

[1] Adjunct faculty are hired by the College on an as-needed basis for direct instruction. Their course-based compensation, which is proportional to the number of lecture hours taught (or equivalent) will typically include three hours teaching per class, one hour of scheduled office hours for individual consultation with students, and 1.5 hour(s) of class preparation, grading and other duties. Any additional work asked of people serving as adjunct faculty, such as service on official instructional or governance committees, task forces, or councils (including the Adjunct Faculty Council), is not part of the standard adjunct-faculty job and shall be compensated separately.

[2] The President shall ensure that the College's employment of adjunct faculty is not excessive or poorly controlled, and that the College does not usually permit adjunct-faculty workloads in excess of 9 credit hours or 11 LEH per week.

D. Reports

The President shall report to the Board during the annual budget process on the recent and projected pattern of faculty courseloads, including overloads and courseload reductions, and on the recent and projected level of use of adjunct faculty. This report shall describe the process by which courseload reductions are allocated, listing the justifications and the estimated hours of extra work beyond the standard expectation.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on April 21, 1997 and amended on June 2, 1997. It is a consolidation of the provisions of previous policies V-74, Full-Time Faculty Workloads, (adopted May 4, 1981 and amended June 1, 1987, July 10, 1989, May 6, 1991 and July 13, 1992), VIII-80, Appointment and Workload of Part-Time Faculty, (adopted July 24, 1979 and amended August 3, 1987), and VIII-85, Part-Time Faculty Stipends for Non-Teaching Duties (adopted December 5, 1994). It was further amended on June 2, 1997, August 3, 1998, May 1, 2000, December 2, 2002, July 7, 2008, and June 7, 2010.

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