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Statement of Policy
Excelsior College places a premium on recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly qualified instructional faculty to serve its students. Crucial to the College’s mission is the need to appoint faculty who are dedicated to student success, who are knowledgeable and current in their fields, and who have the skills and talent to engage students in learning. To fulfill this mission, Excelsior depends on hundreds of adjunct faculty to deliver a large and growing number of graduate and undergraduate courses per year.
To manage this growth in a thoughtful and deliberate way, Excelsior places a necessary limit on the number of courses an adjunct faculty member may teach for the College within a calendar year. As it continues to grow, the College must carefully monitor and enforce the instructional faculty workload policy. There are compelling reasons for this:
The maximum teaching load, based on 3-credit courses, for adjunct faculty is dependent on the course length and is as follows:
No more than 3 course sections may be taught by any faculty member at one time.
Note: These limits will vary somewhat for those teaching two- or four-credit courses, for those teaching tutorials with just one or two students, and so on. Program Directors and/or Associate Deans in the Schools will follow specific guidelines (below) to determine the limits for these courses.
There are basic principles that guide the instructional faculty workload policy:
The Student Information System (SIS) has been programmed to apply this policy. Adjunct instructors who go over the limit stated by this policy will not be available for teaching until the following calendar year.
The following guidelines will be used by the SIS to calculate the number of hours that the faculty member has taught depending on the number of credits and the length of the courses.
Exceptions to the policy
Exceptions to the course load policy will be made only with the approval of the provost and may be made only on rare occasions and according to the following specific criteria:
a. A compelling student need for an additional section