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4.1.8.p. Procedure: Southeastern Technical College Instructional Staff Work Assignments

Faculty members are employed at STC to provide instruction and perform other duties based on the needs of the college. To ensure the quality and integrity of the academic programs, the College has implemented the following procedures:


Faculty teaching loads should allow for effective and efficient teaching. In determining faculty load, instructional deans/directors shall take into consideration the following factors: course content and level; the type of instruction; the number of class preparations; the expertise of the instructor; student registration load; planned faculty development activities; planned accreditation activities; committee assignments; and other activities which help the institution achieve its stated purpose.

Fall and Spring semesters shall consist of fifteen weeks of instruction while the Summer Semester will be made up of nine weeks of instruction.

The full-time instructor's optimal teaching load will be 15 - 20 credit lecture hours and /or 15 - 30 contact hours per semester; or up to 60 credit lecture hours and/or 90 contact hours annually.

Regardless of contact hours, full-time faculty may be given adjunct teaching contracts when he/she teaches over five classes in a semester.

Faculty members are expected to provide individual academic advising and academic assistance to students outside of the classroom. Full-time teaching faculty members are required to schedule at least ten office hours per week at times and locations which will maximize the opportunity for student contact including drop-in visits.

Faculty teaching in areas with mandated licensure or accreditation requirements will carry teaching loads in accordance with those requirements.

Clinical, internship, and practicum courses that do not require direct instruction will not count towards a faculty members load. These hours generally take place in a work setting and the students are performing under the guidance of an approved designated person at the work or clinical site.

The instructional deans/directors have the responsibility of assigning schedules in a consistent, fair, and academically appropriate manner. The Deans/Directors of Instruction, in conjunction with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, approve the teaching schedules. Teaching loads may be adjusted for budgetary or productivity considerations.


Faculty teaching loads shall be evaluated each term but will not exceed the annual limits of 60 credit hours and/or 90 contact hours. Deans and directors may, in writing, request adjustments to the faculty teaching loads specified above. These adjustments are to take into account exceptional responsibilities or external factors (i.e. accrediting agency guidelines) which could alter an instructor's teaching load. Additionally, in cases where the same course is taught in multiple modalities and enrollment is low then two or more courses may be used to equate to one class for teaching load purposes as long as the total number of students does not exceed 30 students.

The Dean or director shall submit workload adjustment requests to the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the beginning of the term for which the request is made. An underload in one semester may result in an overload in another semester.


Full-time faculty may receive adjunct teaching contracts for teaching courses outside of his/her program area. Occasionally, faculty who are academically qualified to teach in other program areas will be paid an adjunct contract to teach additional classes as needed.

Full-time faculty may also receive an adjunct teaching contract if a faculty member teaches over five courses in a semester. Sometimes students need one additional course to graduate or the College needs to open up additional courses to meet the student need. In these cases, full-time faculty may teach over five classes and receive an adjunct contract for the extra course taught.


Full time faculty who teach more than 100 students a semester, including duplicated students, will receive a stipend of $10 for each student over 100 for the semester. This will not include any students enrolled in courses for which the faculty is getting an adjunct contract to teach. The final calculation will be determined based on the 7 day enrollment report for the semester. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will submit the Student Overload Worksheet to Human Resources by the end of the third month of the semester.


Full time faculty teaching at an area high school will receive a stipend of $750 for each course taught at a high school that semester. This will not include faculty who are specifically hired to teach in the high school setting or faculty who are being paid an adjunct contract for the high school course. Additionally, this provision does not include faculty who teach dual enrollment classes at the college campus. Adjunct faculty will not qualify for this stipend.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify the Human Resources Department of any faculty qualifying for this additional stipend by the end of the third month of the semester.

Exhibit: Request for Instructional Staff Work Assignment Adjustment Form

Adopted: June 25, 2009
Reviewed: August 15, 2016; August 16, 2017; August 20, 2018; August 19, 2019; August 10, 2020; August 16, 2021;
Revised: August 19, 2019; October 14, 2019; January 10, 2022; February 08, 2022;