Staff HR Policy D-736.00
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Culture

Faculty Load Policy

It is the policy of Northwestern Michigan College that the normal full-time load for career plan teaching faculty, hereafter referred to as faculty, is 30-32 contact hours of instruction per year for a two-semester faculty member and 45-48 contact hours of instruction per year for a three-semester faculty member (15-16 contacts per semester).  Overload will be accumulated after the  32nd contact under a two-semester contract or the 48th contact under a three-semester contract.  In addition to regular instruction, teaching faculty are also responsible for professional responsibilities in support of the College mission (service to College, students, and/or community) and professional development.

The Vice President for Educational Services shall provide for the development of procedures to implement this policy, with the appropriate involvement of faculty.  Those procedures will outline conditions under which any exceptions to policy may be made.  The Vice-President for Educational Services shall also provide for establishment of workload for non-teaching faculty.

Instances where load assignments do not conform to this standard shall be reviewed, and any exceptions to these load procedures will be documented as specified in D-736.01 Faculty Load Procedure under Section I. Scope.

This policy supersedes any and all prior written or oral agreements regarding faculty load, overload, and calculation of overload.  The understandings and compensation in this policy and the corresponding D-736.01 Faculty Load Procedure apply to regular faculty at all NMC campuses.

If any provisions(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provisions(s).

Authorized on 6/17/04

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