Contingent faculty appointments are classified as either adjunct or limited term. Both are considered part-time employment and workload must be structured accordingly.
An adjunct instructor may teach up to 8 contact hours per semester. Adjunct instructors are hired at the College’s standard instructional rate on a per-semester basis with no expectation/obligation of continued employment beyond the semester.
Limited term instructors may teach (or provide equivalent work) up to 24 contact hours per year. Limited Term instructors are hired for an academic year and are paid a negotiated salary.
For authoritative reference, please consult the Faculty Handbook. The College recognizes the following regular faculty categories:
Full-time Appointments (benefits eligible)
Part-time Appointments (not eligible for benefits)
For the purposes of load calculation, 1 FTE = 32 contact hours per calendar year. Full-time faculty members carry a teaching load of 12 contact hours per semester averaged over fall and spring semesters. Full-time faculty members are expected to teach two consecutive January-term 4-credit courses followed by one January-term off. The Provost’s Office maintains the schedule of faculty J-term rotations. Limited Term appointments may carry up to 0.75 FTE or 24 contact hours per calendar year. Adjunct appointments may carry up to 0.5 FTE or 16 contact hours per calendar year.
Department chairs are asked to ensure appropriate and equitable load across department faculty. Temporary load deviations that do not result in changes to a faculty member’s fall-spring average load of 12 contact hours/semester for full-time faculty are approved by the department chair. Overloads are approved by the department chair and must be submitted to the dean with adjunct assignments for stipend processing. Load reassignment for special projects and grant-funded research is negotiated with the dean and Provost.
Department chair teaching loads are negotiated with the dean.
Departments and programs are expected to conduct comprehensive external reviews of educational outcomes, curriculum, staffing, and resources. The Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Planning maintains the schedule of program review and facilitates the five-year program review cycle, and assists with the coordination of external review visit teams. Annual review reports are used to inform curriculum changes and resource allocations. The dean is expected to review all program evaluation reports and share essential outcomes and recommendations with the Provost.
The dean and departments are responsible for effective budget planning for both operating and contingent staffing budgets. Departments should begin developing operating and staffing budgets (number of adjuncts and limited-term appointments) in early spring for submission to the dean by the end of March. The dean prepares divisional budget proposals for the Provost by mid-April. Departments should receive final provisional budgets in August with formal board approval for the college budgets in October. Budget planning should be directly linked to anticipated credit-hour generation and should be comprehensive of staffing needs, equipment repair, consumables, etc. Budget worksheets with prescribed expense categories are distributed to chairs in January for planning purposes.
The college unit budgets each have the same structure: X-YYY-ZZZZZ-<PPPPP>. X is a one-digit “Fund” code used to differentiate between unrestricted (X=1) and restricted (X=2) funds. Department budgets are all fund 1 (unrestricted). Grants and endowments/gifts are fund 2. YYY represent the three-digit function code. Each department has a single unique function code. The five-digit Object Code (ZZZZZ) represents the expense category. These numbers are common across the college. Example: 79601 is Supply/Expense, 79602 is Travel Expense. Project Codes <PPPPP> are used for startup accounts, grants, and special projects. The Business Services Office maintains the Operations manual with full account code descriptions and budget policies.
Budget projections for contingent staff should be made early in the spring for the following academic year and should be based on the previous year’s enrollments, anticipated sabbaticals, leaves, reassignments, and other factors affecting the availability of full-time faculty FTE.
The college’s fiscal year begins on July 1. Any expenditure with an invoice date after June 30 will be expensed to the following fiscal year.
Department chairs in the natural science departments participate collectively in setting priorities for capital equipment planning. The dean convenes the CE planning group at least twice each year to review and prioritize capital equipment requests for the following year.
Departments (Chair or delegate) should:
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