Faculty overloads: Sample policies and practices

Appalachian State University (N.C.): Policy says that faculty should generally not be paid extra for teaching courses on top of normal course loads. It mentions making other arrangements, such as a course reduction the following semester.

California State University: Overload assignment may not exceed 25 percent of a full-time position.

Kennesaw State University (Ga.): Overload pay may not exceed 20 percent of base base salary. “KSU faculty loads are considered too heavy by most faculty to justify the teaching of extra degree credit courses on an overload basis,” the policy states. “Every effort should be taken to avoid assigning degree credit courses on an overload basis.”

Oregon State University: Overload time should not exceed, on average, one day in a seven-day week or its equivalent.

Penn State, Harrisburg: The college strongly discourages faculty on standing appointments from accepting additional teaching responsibilities. Tenure-eligible faculty members will not normally be considered for overload assignments.

St. Cloud State University (Minn.): Total overload shall not exceed 5 credits per academic year. Overload courses are paid at the adjunct rate of $1,200 per credit.

Trident Technical College (S.C.): Overload may not exceed 30 percent of annual salary and is paid at the adjunct rate.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Overload compensation may not exceed the higher of 20 percent of the employee’s appointment salary, or $18,000, unless the chancellor or designee determines good cause exists.

University of Georgia: Policy states that “extra compensation for teaching overloads must be kept to an absolute minimum and must be justified by circumstances that clearly warrant such action.” Overloads are limited to no more than four credits during any one academic year.


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