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To provide workload guidelines for Adjunct Faculty.These guidelines apply to individuals employed as adjunct faculty in the DCCCD who do not participate in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP).
Semester Workload: A division of an academic year; the time during which educational institutions hold classes. Length may vary and load is calculated separately for the fall and spring semesters, summer terms and each term of non-traditional length, i.e., may term, winter term, etc.
Clock Hour Grid: Used to calculate workload for non-TRS/ORP adjuncts. During each of the semesters, sessions or terms, adjuncts may teach a workload of nine (9) contact hours or less each week (18 clock hours or less per week). Per TRS guidelines, lecture and lab hours are counted as two (2) clock hours (example: 3 lecture/3 lab hours equate to 12 clock hours per week).
Fiscal Year:The fiscal year begins September 1 and ends August 31.
Work Limitations:Effective Fall 2013, an adjunct faculty member may only teach a workload of nine (9) contact hours or less each week (18 clock hours or less per week) according to Teachers Retirement System guidelines.
However, DCCCD guidelines allow an adjunct faculty member to only teach a workload of nine (9) contact hours or less each week (18 clock hours or less per week) during the fall and spring semesters. Adjunct faculty who teach during the summer terms and/or non-traditional terms, i.e., winter term, May term, etc., may teach one (1) 3-hour or one (1) 4-hour credit course during any of the terms listed above.
Workload is calculated using the clock hour grid based on the number of contact hours to be taught. However, the appropriate grid/chart, related to the type of teaching arrangement, should be used to calculate payment. An adjunct instructor's workload includes class preparation and teaching assigned classes, student consultation, conducting examinations and submission of grades to the college. Like full-time faculty, activities may vary for non-traditional instruction. The adjunct instructor will be compensated for additional activities as assigned.
When an adjunct instructor teaches more than nine (9) contact hours they will be considered full-time employees for TRS purposes. These employees are required to participate in TRS and are eligible for insurance through the Employee Retirement System (ERS). Costs associated with these benefits will be charged to the college responsible for placing the employee over the nine (9) contact hour limit. Repeated or consistent occurrences in this exception will likely cause full responsibility for all benefits (i.e., no staff benefit allowances on benefit allocations) for the college causing the exception.When working for multiple locations, the location entering the employment contract in Colleague last will be the responsible party.
Equivalencies and Class Cancellations:
Supervision of Instructors in Credit Classes: Fifteen (15) instructors is the equivalent of one (1) three credit lecture hour course (one instructor is equal to 4 hours of pay for supervision).
Cancellation of a Credit Class: If a credit class meets at least once and is canceled, the District shall compensate the instructor not to exceed eight (8) contact hours at the appropriate extra service rate. If the class does not meet at least once, no compensation will be paid.
Percent of Load
B. Special Training, Orientation and Administrative Requirements: Special Training, Orientation and Administrative Requirements: Adjunct instructors are compensated to attend mandatory training, orientations and administrative conferences as prescribed by the DCCCD Board of Trustees approved clinical and laboratory instruction agreements. Workload assignments must be approved by the instructional dean where the clinical or laboratory training curriculum is assigned and will be in accordance with the paragraphs below. A Special Employment Agreement form will be prepared covering training, orientation and administrative requirements to be performed. Work hours are documented on a monthly time sheet and will be paid at the approved part-time hourly rate. Special Training Requirements: Adjunct instructors may be paid up to 12 clock hours per semester to attend required training and orientation sessions related to:
C. Special Administrative Requirements: Adjunct instructors may be paid to attend administrative and work unit management meetings.
Artist in Residence:
Applied Music Courses
Compensation: The following guidelines are used to determine extra service or load compensation for adjunct faculty:
1100-Level Applied Music Courses:
No. of Students
Students enrolled for 1100-level applied lessons receive one (1) 30-minute private lesson (.5 lecture hour) per week. An additional half hour of self-practice is required of the student. Compensation Calculation: .5 X 16 weeks X $45.09 per hour compensation = $360.72 per semester.
2200-Level Applied Music Courses:
Students enrolled for 2200-level applied lessons receive one (1) 60-minute private lesson per week (1.0 lecture hour) per week. An additional hour of self-practice is required of the student. Compensation Calculation: 1.0 x 16 weeks x $45.09 per hour compensation = $721.44 per semester.
Exceptions to Policy:
*Student Drops: An instructor shall devote the time specified in this column (based on number of student drops) to the performance of the following. Division Dean approval is required.
(1) Recital or concert performance.
(2) Additional lessons to remaining students.
(3) Participation in music juries.
(4) Guest lecturer in class or with ensemble.
(5) Assist with recruiting or special projects, such as piano competition and UIL hosting.
(6) Attend student recitals.
(7) Other duties as assigned by the division chairman.
Distance Learning: Load for distance learning classes are based on the maximum contact hours regardless of the number of students enrolled in the class.Technical Work Experience (Co-Op): Instructors in cooperative education, practicum's and internships are paid according to the following guidelines.
a. Seminar: Seminars are required in cooperative education and optional in practicum's and internships. Compensation for instructor coordinators who teach seminars is $45.09 per contact hour as follows:
Equivalent % Load Time
b. Work Experience/Practicum/Internships: The following grid is used to calculate faculty load and compensation for cooperative education, practicum's and internships
No. of Co-op Students
Equivalent Credit Hours
Equivalent % Regular Load
c. Clinical Work Experience: Based on guidelines specifically adopted for nursing and health professions. The DCCCD will not pay for additional students if the enrollment increases after certification date. In the event enrollment drops to zero, the payment will cease.Combined Employment:Combining hours worked in multiple part-time positions which results in a workload equivalent to a full-time employee is prohibited.
Part-time employees may work a maximum of 1,014 hours per fiscal year for all positions combined.
TRS Working Retiree Guidelines
ORP Working Retirees Guidelines