17.17(6) Extra Compensation for Teaching Academic Courses

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  1. General. University of Iowa faculty members, including staff members teaching as adjunct faculty, may from time to time teach courses that are in addition to their regular "load" or in addition to their full-time positions. The University and its students benefit by this instruction and the individual employees are compensated for this extra effort in addition to their regular salary. The term "overload teaching" applies to faculty members teaching academic courses in addition to the course load requirements of a faculty member's "usual faculty activity," as determined by their effort allocation, for which a base salary is paid. UI staff members teaching as "adjunct faculty" teach over and above their assigned job duties for which their base salary is paid. As stated above in III-17.16e(1) Extra Compensation for UI Faculty and Staff, it is the responsibility of the faculty or staff member to "provide assurance that the work to be performed will not interfere with performance of regular responsibilities."
  2. Guidelines. All teaching for extra compensation must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the faculty member's departmental executive officer or equivalent, or by a staff member's supervisor and department head, and shall be conducted according to the following guidelines:
    1. Term considerations:
      1. Definition of the academic year: The University has defined the academic year as beginning three days prior to fall classes and ending with spring commencement (see III-17.9).
      2. Academic-year faculty appointments: Faculty members who hold academic-year appointments are considered full-time employees during the academic year and are assigned a base salary for the work performed during this period of employment. All teaching during the academic year that is over and above a faculty member's "usual teaching activity" will be considered overload and require approval. Courses taught over and above an academic-year faculty member's "usual teaching activity" during semester breaks (e.g., Thanksgiving, winter, spring) will be considered as being taught on overload and governed by this policy. Summer-session teaching by faculty members on academic-year appointments is exempted from the overload teaching guidelines, since the summer session is not considered part of the academic year.
      3. Fiscal year faculty appointments: All teaching over and above the usual teaching activity of faculty members who hold fiscal-year appointments will be considered as teaching on "overload" and will require approval at all times of year.
      4. UI staff members may serve as instructors of academic courses, including distance education and Guided Independent Study (GIS) courses, over and above their regularly assigned duties. In addition to the requirements of this policy, UI staff members with faculty appointments shall follow policies related to use of staff time (see, for example, III-17.16 Extra Compensation for University Faculty and Staff and II-18 Conflicts of Commitment and Interest), in particular that the work performed will take place outside the employee's regular work hours or charged to vacation time, unless otherwise approved by their supervisor.
    2. Course number and enrollment limitations. Academic courses taught for extra compensation are limited according to the following:
      1. Academic term, Saturday and Evening Classes, and distance-education courses: Faculty and staff members who hold regular full-time appointments (nine or twelve months) may be permitted to teach one course for extra compensation during the fall, spring, or winter sessions, not to exceed two total courses taught for extra compensation during the academic year. Additionally, faculty and staff members who hold fiscal-year appointments may be approved to teach one course during the summer session.
      2. Guided Independent Study (GIS) courses: Student enrollment in GIS courses will ordinarily be limited to 36 students per course. In select cases, exceptions may be requested at the college level (e.g., enrollment in foreign language courses).
      3. Exceptions: Exceptions to these limits may be requested in writing to a DEO or equivalent, or, in the case of staff, a supervisor and department head. Once recommended, the exception must be approved by the collegiate dean of the college in which the course is being taught and, if for a course taught through the Division of Continuing Education, the Dean of Continuing Education.
    3. Compensation. Given the multiple modalities of instruction and collegiate environments, compensation for courses taught for extra compensation will be set by the employing unit in accordance with relevant compensation policies (see III-17.8, III-17.13).