Faculty Workload and Responsibilities


Faculty includes full-time instructors who, for a majority of their workload, teach courses, or who have professional assignments. In addition, it includes librarians, who may not teach courses but whose responsibilities are related to instruction.

A. Workload

A regular full-time teaching load for fall and spring terms is either (1) 15 semester hours of lecture, (2) nine lecture and nine lab hours, (3) 18 contact hours that combine lecture and lab when lecture hours fall below nine hours, or (4) an equivalent when other combinations exist. Discretionary changes will be decided by the appropriate dean with the advice of the department chairperson. If an instructor teaches only the lecture or lab, only the applicable hours will be calculated in the load. Compensation will be in accordance with the faculty salary schedule.

The Faculty Workload Policy describes faculty workload in detail. It covers, for example, the equivalent workload for faculty described in (4) above. It also discusses workload for faculty who have special grants and other professional assignments. The Faculty Workload Committee meets annually to recommend changes in the policy to the President. The policy is included in Appendix G.

Instructors are expected to maintain scheduled office hours during which they will be available to students for consultation. A minimum of 35 clock hours per week shall be scheduled on campus exclusive of overload instruction. An additional five (5) clock hours shall be scheduled for preparation, research, or activities supporting the College on or off campus.2

B. Responsibilities of Teaching Faculty

    1. Hours of Work
      • Schedules and maintains a minimum of a 35-hour week.
      • Schedules, posts and keeps a minimum of five office hours weekly, preferably one each class day.
      • Attends faculty meetings, commencement, and other official meetings called by the College administration and President.
      • Takes part in the in-service education program of the College.
    2. Teaching
      • Directs and evaluates the learning experience of the students in accordance with adopted curricula and approved procedure.
      • Provides course outline or syllabus for each course he/she teaches, updates this outline or syllabus each year for division chair course outline file.
    3. Responsibilities to Students
      • Meets classes on time and holds for specified time.
      • Interprets the policies of the College to the students as appropriate.
      • Counsels/provides guidance to students when there is need.
      • Assists with the advising and registering of students subject to the assignment of the division chair, appropriate dean, or the President.
    4. Recording, Reporting and Care Taking
      • Provides for the care and security of College property.
      • Maintains accurate student accounting records in compliance with College and state requirements.
      • Makes any necessary materials or equipment available for substitute instructors.
    5. Administrative Duties and Relationships
      • When unable to meet class, notifies division chair in a timely manner.
      • Executes board and administrative policies within the classroom and area of assignment.
      • Participates in the planning, preparation and evaluation of the program in subject area assigned.
      • Serves as a member of faculty committees as appointed by the dean, division chair or President.
      • Maintains professional relationships with members of the staff, faculty and administration.
      • Keeps the administration informed regarding problems, progress and matters affecting the welfare of students, faculty or the whole institution.
    6. Professional Growth and Development
      • Keeps abreast of new knowledge and skills in his/her field of teaching.
    7. Performance Objectives
      • Has made suitable progress toward stated performance objectives for the past academic year or period (if applicable).
      • Prepares a self-evaluation that honestly examines his or her professional strengths and weaknesses.
    8. Responsibilities of Non-Teaching Faculty
      • Non-teaching faculty may have different responsibilities from those listed above.

2 Board Policy DJ Local, Issued 5-9-94