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State law limits full-time faculty members in a given semester during the regular academic year to no more than two credit-bearing course--and “no more than fifteen clock hours per week”--beyond their normal, full-time teaching assignments. Section 18

This last phrase, “no more than fifteen clock hours per week,” seems intended to guide compensation of vocational teachers, as indicated by the examples given in the policy statement. At TTU, we apply this part of the policy to categories of teaching, such as internships, in which the number of credit hours does not automatically convey specific assumptions about the number of effort hours. In such courses, therefore, we equate “fifteen clock hours” with the normal expectation of effort associated with responsibility for 6 credit hours of teaching (37.5-hour work week=15 credit hours of teaching, so that 15 hours of work=15/37.5 x 15 credit hours = 6 credit-hours). For an assistant professor overseeing interns, for example, the chair or dean would establish an average number of effort hours per week for the semester and would arrange for overload pay calculated using the formula: effort hours/37.5 x 15. If this person averaged 4 effort hours per week in overseeing interns, he/she would be paid 1.6 x $600 = $960.00.

Three further implications of the overload teaching policy should be noted:

  1. Combinations of two regular courses carrying a combined total of more than 6 hours equate to more than 15 clock hours, so persons teaching such combinations as an overload can be compensated for no more than 6 hours.
  2. Persons teaching a single overload course that carries more than 3 hours may be paid the standard overload rate for up to 6 credit hours but for no more than 6 hours.
  3. RODP courses are counted along with on-ground courses.