New Faculty Survival Guide
Academic Year Calendar
The Academic Year Calendar lists in yellow the academic workdays that faculty on academic year appointments are expected to work. The calendar also notes official holidays observed by the campus. You should receive a new calendar annually. The calendar can be found at www.csustan.edu/HR/
Also see: College Year Calendar from the University Catalog
The purposes of summer term are to provide students an opportunity to accelerate program completion and to serve the increasing number of new students enrolling at CSU Stanislaus.
Although summer term is typically 10 weeks and consists of two separate session (six weeks and four weeks), faculty members may choose to offer courses of varying lengths depending on the need of students. During summer term, faculty members are encouraged to offer a variety of regular catalog courses in all disciplines. Classes may be offered on site in Turlock, Stockton, and Merced and via instructional television at the university’s distance-learning sites.
Workload, FTE, and Unit System
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are teaching, research, scholarship or creative activity, and service to the university, profession, and community.
Faculty members have additional professional responsibilities such as advising students, participating in department meetings and activities, campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and reproductively with colleagues, and participating in traditional academic functions.
The performance of instructional responsibilities extends beyond duties in the classroom and includes such activities as preparation for class, evaluation of students’ performance, syllabus preparation and revision, and review of current literature and research, including instructional methodology in the subject areas. Research, scholarship, and creative activity in the faculty member’s field of expertise are essential to effective teaching. Mentoring students and colleagues is another responsibility that faculty members frequently are expected to perform.
The professional responsibilities of faculty members include research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to their currency and allow them to make contributions within the classroom and to their professions. The professional responsibilities of faculty members are fulfilled by participation in conferences and seminars, through academic leaves and sabbaticals that provide additional opportunities for scholarship and preparation, and through a variety of other professional development activities. It is understood that instructional faculty members may not normally participate in all activities identified above during each academic term or year. (See article 20.1 of the Unit 3 Collective Bargaining Agreement for more information.)
The composition of professional duties and responsibilities for individual faculty cannot be restricted to a fixed amount of time and will be determined by the appropriate administrator after consultation with the department and/or the individual faculty member.
In general, the average full-time faculty workload is 30 weighted-teaching units (semester units - 24 for instruction and six for instructionally related responsibilities each academic year).
The exact workload is determined in consultation with the department chair and is based on a variety of factors, including department and student needs, class size, advising obligations, course units, graduate teaching, as well as past practices in the department, released and assigned time. For a full description of faculty workload issues please consult Article 20 of the Unit 3 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The CSU has three standards forms of full-time faculty employment.
- Academic year employee: This form is by far the most common faculty appointment. An academic year employee’s work year consists of not more than 180 workdays.
- Ten-month work year: The employee works the number of fiscal year workdays within the assigned 10 months.
- Twelve-month work year: the employee works the number of fiscal year workdays within the assigned 12 months.
Teaching Summer Term
Teaching during summer term is voluntary; faculty members who teach in the summer receive additional compensation. Faculty interested in teaching Summer Term should contact their department chairs. The process for approving and scheduling summer courses follow normal campus procedures.
CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center
The university operates a branch in Stockton to serve the needs of San Joaquin County residents. Functioning as an upper-division and graduate campus, the facility makes use of live instruction, distance-learning technologies, computer labs, a Library Access Center, bookstore, student lounge, exercise room, student information center, and health services. Classes are taught by resident faculty as well as by faculty from the Turlock campus. Courses taught at the Stockton Center are counted as part of the normal workload for Stanislaus faculty.
Travel Funds for CSU Stanislaus-Stockton
For information about policies on travel funds for instruction, please contact your department chair, or staff at CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center, for the criteria and guidelines. Requests for travel funds to teach in Stockton should be submitted to Ms. Jean de Grassi in Stockton at 209-467-5302 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Employment Within the University
Most CSU Stanislaus faculty members have a normal assignment equivalent to one full-time position. Under certain circumstances, however, you may be eligible to work for pay up to 25 percent over a normal assignment. These overages may be approved only when the tasks are of a substantially different nature from your primary or normal assignment, when the overage is funded from non-general fund sources, or when you have accrued part-time assignments on more than one campus. If you participate in university-sponsored workshops, conferences, special educational programs, research, honors programs or summer course instruction, you may be compensated for additional work up to 25 percent above your full-time appointment. For more information, please contact Faculty Affairs at Ext. 3392.
You may work as a private consultant outside the university provided your activity does not interfere with your primary obligations to the university. As a private consultant, you may not use state facilities, equipment, or supplies. Also, you should make it clear that you do not represent the university or the foundation and that the university’s name is not used in a way that implies university endorsement of your activity. You may be required to provide a written statement detailing the amount and distribution of time devoted to continuous outside employment.
The university is interested in fostering interdisciplinary and interdepartmental course work. If you are interested in teaching a class with another faculty member, discuss your ideas with the department chair and college dean.
Commencement is the concluding event of the academic year, in late May or early June, and recognizes graduating students’ academic achievement. All faculty members are encouraged to attend one of the two ceremonies. The faculty wear academic regalia and sit in a special faculty area just to the left of the stage symbolic of the faculty’s role as teachers and mentors of the graduating students. Faculty may rent or purchase academic regalia from The Bookstore as needed.
CAUTION: It can be quite warm in Turlock in late May-early June. Wear lightweight clothing to commencement.