3.05 Teaching Load

Chapter Three: Instructional Affairs

Procedure Title: Teaching Load
Based On: 
Board Policy 3
Procedure Number: 3.05
Date Adopted/Revised: November 12, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; August 9. 2010; September 9, 2010; July 21, 2016, May 2, 2017

The faculty work load at South Arkansas Community College for full-time faculty members in the Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, and Business is 15 semester hours and ten office hours. For full-time faculty in the Technical Education a full workload is based on 25 contact hours (class, labs, etc.) and ten service hours. In the Health Sciences Programs a full workload consists of 30 contact hours, to include office hours. A full faculty load is defined, for the purposes of eligibility for overload pay as follows:

  1. When scheduled for full load, a faculty member must teach a minimum of 150 Student Semester Credit Hours (SSCH) per semester in order to be eligible to receive overload pay. [In the event that a faculty member is originally scheduled to teach an overload (more than that specified above) the largest number of SSCH generated by any combination of courses that constitute a full load will be considered as part of the faculty member’s base load, and
  2. Each of a faculty member’s courses must be filled at least to at least eight students of 50% of capacity whichever is least, as determined by the original record for the course contained in the College’s in the College’s registration system, for the faculty member to be eligible to receive overload payment. Each of a  full-time faculty member’s courses must be filled at least to at least eight students of 50% of capacity whichever is least, as determined by the original record for the course contained in the College’s in the College’s registration system, for the full-time faculty member to be eligible to receive overload payment.The courses considered must be the courses that are used to accrue the 150 SSCH used in Part A of this definition. If courses are aggregated to make up the 50 percent of capacity requirement, the SSCH will also be aggregated and the courses will not be considered as separate.

The academic dean may alter the general rule on an individual faculty member’s workload to accommodate team teaching, clinical supervision, combined classes, program accreditation and development activities, and other situations. South Arkansas Community College will continue to monitor faculty workloads at other Arkansas technical and community Colleges and will maintain workloads in conformity with similar institutions in the state.

  1. Class Size

The academic deans will consider classroom capacity, accreditation requirements, equipment availability, and safety when setting class limits.  As a general rule, all non-cohort classes will be considered full at 30 students except for writing and/or analysis intensive, lab, or practicum, courses, which will be considered full at 24 students, except in those cases where equipment, space, or accrediting body provide other limitations or guidance. 

Cohort classes are part of a program that requires the student to enter and proceed through the program as a group in a prescribed sequence.  Non-Cohort classes are general education classes or classes of programs that permit students to take courses on an individual schedule as directed by their degree plan.

  1. Overload Teaching

    1. Overload teaching will be compensated at the same rate as adjunct instructors are paid per semester hour. Overload teaching will be voluntary except in those cases where a combination of complete classes (e.g., four classes of four semester hours each or similar combinations) exceeds the prescribed number of hours constituting a full load, in which case the instructor will be assigned the additional teaching load and will be compensated for the additional hour(s) at the relative percentage based on the number of hours in a full semester load.
  2. Summer Employment

    1. Summer employment will not be required or assured for full-time faculty members unless they are on a 12-month contractual obligation. Compensation for summer employment will be at the same rate as adjunct instructors during the regular semester.
  3. Alternative Duties

    1. Alternative duties such as community service classes, curriculum development, or other special projects may be assigned to make a full-time workload equivalent. Attempts will be made to assign alternative duties consistent with the education, training and professional status of the faculty member. The faculty member and the faculty member’s immediate departmental supervisor will be consulted as to the nature and scope of the alternative duties before they are assigned.
  4. Non-Classroom Responsibilities

    1. Service

      1. All faculty members are expected to perform community service by participating on College committees, through volunteerism, or engaging in other activities as agreed upon by the faculty member and the Division Dean.
      2. Faculty members are expected to be present on campus during the days of in-service activities at the College, attend College graduation, and submit required records (attendance, grades, outcomes assessments, etc.,) at the appropriate times.
      3. Faculty members who serve as academic advisors in their respective divisions are expected to advise students throughout the academic year. Deans (or their designees) will serve as “stand-by advisors” as needed during any days of Early or Open Registration that occurs outside the academic calendar when faculty members are not available.
    2. Professional Development

      1. All faculty are expected to participate in activities designed to maintain their effectiveness in their respective disciplines. These may include, but are not limited to, participating in workshops, seminars and other continuing education events; research activities; writing for publication; and/or other activities as agreed upon by the faculty member and the Dean.