Appropriately approved faculty members will be assigned to teach distance/distributed learning courses. Oversight of course materials and delivery is done in conjunction with the curriculum approval process from the faculty member’s department/school and the Assistant/Associate Dean. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement covers this issue in more detail. Faculty compensation for Distance/Distributed Learning courses is defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Teaching Assignments and Class Schedules:
All full-time faculty members (tenured and tenure-track and NTT) will be equal participants in Campus discussions of scheduling and advising assignments. While tenured and tenure-track Faculty members will be given precedence over NTT faculty in requesting their teaching schedules, professional courtesy is expected, with the hope that joint decisions on teaching schedules can be reached.
The primary consideration for scheduling classes is student need with regard to meeting program or major requirements within a reasonable time frame. In addition, the scheduling of some classes may be determined by the need to serve nontraditional students.
The faculty member's academic unit has responsibility for approving faculty to teach particular courses. Requests for additional course approvals shall be processed through the Assistant/Associate Dean to the academic unit. Such decisions are noted in the faculty member's personnel file. After consultation with the faculty member involved, it is the responsibility of the Assistant/Associate Dean to make course assignments. These assignments are made upon consideration of enrollment demand and projections, faculty eligibility to teach, and other University needs. Last minute assignment changes may be unavoidable and/or unexpected because of higher or lower student demand, faculty illness, and other such exigencies. Whenever faculty members are assigned to teach classes at more than one regional campus, the responsible Campus Deans confer in making the assignment. The academic unit and the individual faculty member should be consulted with regard to all assignments. Administrators assigned teaching responsibilities must receive approval from the academic unit in the same manner as adjunct faculty unless the administrator holds faculty rank in that academic unit.
The Assistant/Associate Dean will consult with faculty to determine acceptable enrollment caps prior to making changes.
When a faculty member is no longer approved by his/her academic unit to teach courses that the faculty member was hired to teach and/or when the required workload (12 or 15 credit hours per term) of a faculty member has not been met for a period of two academic years, the administration will initiate retrenchment according to CBA guidelines.
All overload assignments are subject to the approval of the Assistant/Associate Dean and the Dean. Normally, faculty will be assigned overload courses under the following schedule:
- Resident tenured and tenure-track Faculty at Trumbull Campus within the discipline;
- Resident NTT faculty;
- Other qualified/approved Trumbull Campus faculty; and
- Faculty from other regional campuses.
Faculty must be approved to teach the course(s) in question.
When more than one qualified faculty member in any of the four units above requests an overload assignment, faculty will be assigned on a rotational basis beginning with the most senior person (based on length of service to the Trumbull Campus) and continuing through the least senior person. In the next semester in which more than one qualified member requests an overload assignment, the second most-senior person will lead the rotation with the most senior person being last. In the next semester the third most-senior person will lead the rotation, etc. The Assistant/Associate Dean will determine assignments in consultation with the faculty. Overload is enrollment contingent and overload classes may be canceled at the discretion of the Assistant/Associate Dean.