Faculty Teaching Load Policy
|Approved By and Date:||Board of Trustees||02-20-2014|
|Executive Leadership Team||12-19-2013|
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 Team||12-19-2013|
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.
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.