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Faculty Teaching Load Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees02-20-2014
 Executive Leadership Team12-19-2013
 ICORE12-11-2013

Teaching loads are determined by the respective associate dean in accordance with instructional needs. The range of full-time teaching loads for instructors depends upon the teaching area, number of preparations, student load, administrative duties, and other variables in accordance with the North Carolina Administrative Code. A full teaching load is considered in the range of 16 to 21 credit hours or 18 to 22 contact hours per semester for faculty in degree programs and in the range of 22 to 35 contact hours per semester for faculty in diploma and certificate programs. Beyond the teaching load, a full-time faculty load includes office hours, committee work, student advising, and other duties as assigned.


Faculty Teaching Load Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team12-19-2013
 ICORE12-11-2013

Degree programs (instructors)

Teaching load:  The range of hours per semester is 18 to 22 contact hours.

Teaching overload:  An overload will be considered anything above 22 contact hours in one semester. In determining overload factors, credit hours will be counted for courses which include a seminar component.

                                                                                                              

Number of preparations

In most cases, four different preparations shall be the maximum; however, it is preferable to have no more than three. In determining the number of preparations, the total number of students an instructor is teaching may be considered. Note: More than one section of the same course will not count as a different preparation.

 

Diploma and certificate programs (instructors):

Teaching load:  The range of hours per semester is 22 to 35 contact hours.

Teaching overload:  An overload will be considered anything above 35 contact hours in one semester.

Number of preparations: Four preparations shall be the maximum.

 

Associate Dean/Program Head

Dean/Associate Dean: up to 6 contact hours

Program Head: 15 to 18 contact hours

 

Maximum overload allowance

Curriculum Faculty may teach up to a maximum of 6 credit hours over their current maximum teaching range, per semester.  This maximum includes courses taught in Curriculum, Continuing Education and College and Career Readiness.  Prior approval from the faculty member’s appropriate Associate Vice President (AVP) is required prior to any overload contract being issued.

Staff may teach up to a maximum of 2 courses per semester.   This maximum includes courses taught in Curriculum, Continuing Education and College and Career Readiness.  Prior approval from the staff member’s appropriate VP, AVP, or Dean is required prior to any overload contract being issued.

A Secondary Employment Request Form is required for any employee teaching or working outside their regular Division.

Any exceptions to this policy require prior approval of the Executive Vice President for Educational Services.

 

Reduced Load

In the event an instructor’s teaching load falls below 15 hours in one semester, additional appropriate College duties may be assigned as part of the load.