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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.

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.

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. The Dean or director shall submit such 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.

Exhibit: Request for Instructional Staff Work Assignment Adjustment Form

Adopted: June 25, 2009
Reviewed: August 15, 2016; August 16, 2017; August 20, 2018;