F-4. Governing Overload Compensation for Faculty

F-4. Governing Overload Compensation for Faculty


To establish a practice for managing overloads and compensating standing faculty for administrative assignments or teaching courses or sections of courses beyond the typical instructional assignment.


The College strongly discourages faculty on standing appointments from accepting additional teaching responsibilities. Such responsibilities may interfere with the faculty member's progress in teaching, research, and service or with the appropriate development of an academic career.

The practices listed below establish guidelines for School Directors regarding the assignment of teaching overloads and the establishment of appropriate compensation whenever faculty are assigned to teach overloads.


  1. Overloads are justified only by special program needs, for example, the beginning of a new program initiative, an unanticipated increase in enrollment, a sudden resignation or illness, and/or when no adjunct faculty are available in a specific subject area.
  2. Tenure-eligible faculty members will not normally be considered for overload assignments. If, under rare circumstances, they must teach an overload, such faculty members must understand that any assignment will not reduce the College's research and service expectations.
  3. Anticipated overload needs in academic units must be discussed with the Senior Associate Dean before the academic year begins.
  4. No full-time faculty member should teach more than one overload per semester. This provision is especially relevant for tenure-eligible faculty and those faculty who have completed extended reviews and are committed to a personal development or renewal plan.
  5. The compensation for overloads will be indexed to the FT-2 (part-time) compensation practices in effect at the time the overload is scheduled.
  6. Total supplementary compensation from all sources (research grants, etc.) shall not exceed the University's established limits.

Approved: Academic Leadership Council February 17, 2004

Forwarded: Faculty Senate for Consultation February 24, 2004

Revisions: Academic Council April 8, 2009