2018-2019 Faculty Handbook

Faculty Responsibilities

In accordance with Florida Statutes and College Policy 4.04:


State statute requires that each full-time faculty member shall teach a minimum of 15 classroom contact hours per week. A classroom contact hour consists of regularly scheduled classroom activity of not less than 50 minutes in a course of instruction that has been approved by the District Board of Trustees.

To determine a normal workload, the sum of semester credit hours and contact hours shall be between 28 and 32. The contact hours shall be at least 15. However, the appropriate vice president may, in special situations, certify an instructor as full time and possessing a normal workload when the sum of semester hours plus the sum of the contact hours is less than 28 and the contact hours are at least 15.

Normal workload for full-time faculty teaching vocational clock hour classes is 30 contact hours per semester. When class periods overlap, only one contact hour will be counted.

Workload for adjuncts shall not exceed nine credit hours.

Directed individualized study class will not be counted as part of the regular faculty workload.

Office Hours for Full-time Faculty

In order to be available to students, full-time faculty shall keep a minimum of 10 office hours per week. (NOTE: Office hours should be included on the course syllabus and clearly posted on the instructor’s office door.)

Faculty teaching online courses need to include "virtual office hours" on their respective door schedules consistent with the guidelines for face-to-face courses. Faculty are required to keep virtual office hours for online courses. Generally speaking, a three-credit online course requires no more than two virtual office hours per week. The door schedule must indicate the virtual office hours.

Office Hours for Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty shall keep a minimum of one office hour per week for each course instructed.

Other Professional Responsibilities

Other professional responsibilities of teaching faculty will be routinely reported as part of the annual performance review process. The amount of time devoted to categories other than classroom teaching (professional development, college service, service to students, public service) will vary depending on the needs of the college and the strengths and interest of the faculty member, but it is generally expected that full-time teaching faculty will be involved in college-related activities for 10 hours per week. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, curricular and course development, committee meetings, course preparation, grading assignments, department meetings, mentoring students and advising clubs and organizations, among others.

Faculty are required to keep virtual office hours for online courses. Generally speaking, a three-credit online course requires no more than two virtual office hours per week. The door schedule must indicate the virtual office hours.

Workdays for teaching faculty are published annually in the academic calendar, which is approved by the District Board of Trustees.

During a seven-day week, 168-day full-time and 220-day full-time faculty members are required to work a minimum of 35 hours, which includes 15 classroom contact hours, 10 posted office hours during which the faculty member is available to students, and 10 hours for other professional activities. For each additional three-hour course added to the regular teaching schedule, one additional office hour per week is required.

Faculty members who work 220-days are required to work an additional 21 hours: 9 classroom contact hours, 6 posted office hours, and 6 hours for other professional activities.

Posting Schedules

Schedules showing classes and office hours must be posted by teaching faculty each semester. The schedules must be maintained and will be subject to state audit.

The door schedule form with instructions is found on the intranet under Forms/Faculty/Student Specific/Faculty Door Schedule (see https://inside.cf.edu/forms/facultydoorschedule.doc). By the end of the first week of each semester, current schedules showing classes and office hours must be posted on the faculty member's office door and a copy of that schedule given to the division office. This is to be completed during the first week of each semester. Unless an exception to the posted schedule is authorized by the instructional supervisor, all class, office and work hours must be adhered to as officially scheduled.

Should there be necessity to temporarily deviate from the posted door schedule, these steps must be followed:

  1. Give notice to the department/division office or the instructional supervisor.

  2. Post a note on the instructor’s office door explaining any absence during office hours.

Faculty members whose circumstances require they miss class or are not available during posted office hours are required to make proper arrangements with the department/division office or appropriate instructional supervisor prior to the absence.

Faculty Overload Supplements

Teaching faculty receive a supplement for teaching an overload assignment in the fall and/or spring semester, if the minimum of 15 classroom contact hours or the equivalent each semester is met and if student enrollment supports such action. Faculty are required to sign an agreement prior to receiving pay for classes taught. The agreement is normally sent to faculty after the semester begins. Faculty are asked to sign and return the agreement to the appropriate administrator as soon as possible to expedite having the contract entered into the payroll system. The signed contract is required before payment can be made.

Full-time faculty may be asked, but not required, to teach credit classes beyond the maximum credit hour assignment as defined in the faculty contract, currently 15 credits per semester. Assignment of overload will be at the discretion of the supervising academic administrator, based on the needs of the college, without encroaching upon either the quality or quantity of faculty performance of primary responsibilities. No full-time faculty member will teach more than 21 credits, or the equivalent, in any one semester. Exceptions to this requirement may be authorized only by the vice president for Academic Affairs, and then only on condition of full justification and evidence that the faculty member’s performance will in no way be jeopardized.

Faculty Meetings

Each division holds regularly scheduled meetings throughout the academic year and will provide a schedule of these meetings at the beginning of each semester. Attendance at these meetings is very important and is considered a faculty member’s responsibility. Adjunct faculty are welcome to attend all regularly scheduled faculty meetings as well.

Faculty Mentors

Each new faculty member is assigned a mentor to assist in any and all aspects relating to the college. The instructional supervisor assigns the faculty mentor, usually a fellow departmental faculty member.

Faculty members may also be asked to serve as mentors to students to increase students’ probability of success.