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Faculty Guidelines


Faculty members must take leave (personal or sick) for any time they cannot be on campus, including face-to-face class meetings and required departmental meetings. They must also take leave for any office hours, virtual or on-campus, that cannot be made up in the same calendar week. For example, if a faculty member missed two, 1.5 hour classes and two office hours that they could not make up that week, they would take five hours of leave.

Faculty must take leave for “prep time” if they are unable to do that work. “Prep time” means all hours within the 40-hour workweek outside of class meetings and office hours.

This practice is allowable up to five (5) consecutive teaching days. After that point faculty must take eight (8) hours of leave per day until they return to work in a regular capacity. Faculty members on continuous FMLA must take eight (8) hours of leave per day. The faculty member taking leave and the department chair are responsible for ensuring compliance and accuracy in documenting absences and ensuring that leave submittal after five (5) teaching days reflects eight (8) hours per day of leave. 

Please note that taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) invokes specific federal regulations. Those considering this option should discuss it with the Human Resources Department first by calling (386) 506-4505. Employees and their supervisors should confer with HR before working out a work schedule under FMLA. 

Release Time

When receiving release time, a faculty member will incorporate those hours normally taught, along with the corresponding proportion of course preparation and student conference hours into their on-campus schedule.

Compensation For Chair/Assistant Chair Duties

The annual salary of Department Chairs will be equal to the nine-month salary annualized to a twelve-month salary plus an annual stipend equivalent to an additional 10% of the annualized twelve-month salary as of July 1 of that academic year, for the duration of their assignment as department chair. Additional information can be found in the table below for Chair and Assistant Chair Release and Stipends.

Assistant Chairs may be paid for work during the summer terms regardless of whether they also teach classes. This work typically involves refining the schedule, interviewing potential adjuncts, recruitment activity, textbook ordering, student advisement and related activities. This work can take place over summer A, summer B, or spread over both terms. Regardless of term, the work of the assistant chair over the summer is expected to be a total of 75 hours, which is 12.5 hours per week over Summer A or Summer B, or 6.25 hour per week over both terms. Payment should be made on a supplemental pay form using the first and last dates of the appropriate term(s).

DSC Chair and Assistant Chair Release and Stipends, Effective Fall 2019
Position Release/Stipend
Department Chair release: Regardless of size of department All Departments: 9-9-12 release or equivalent, 12 month contract, 10% salary stipend
Chair, Honors Program/Learning Communities 3-3-6 release and $2,500
Assistant Chairs Math and Humanities/Comm. $3000 and 3 cr. release in fall and spring; $1500 in summer and no release. Ability to replace stipend with 3 credits release in fall or spring (so, 6 credits release, no stipend)
Assistant Chairs in Service Departments (not over programs) (Science, SBS, MCC) $3000 in fall and spring, no release; $1500 in summer, no release
Education Assistant Chairs

3 cr. release in fall and spring; 6 cr. release for EPI Coordinator in fall and spring

Nursing Assistant Chairs (over programs) $1800 or 3 cr. release fall and spring; $1500 in summer, no release
Assistant Chairs over Programs (other than Nursing) $1800 in fall and spring, $1500 in summer, no release

For Directed Independent Study (DIS) and Cooperative Education (Co-op), pay will be computed by multiplying the appropriate contact hour pay rate by the number of course credit hours for each student section taught (maximum of five (5) students per term unless approved by the Associate Vice President).

In special circumstances, faculty teaching unique, short-term courses will be provided appropriate supplemental pay as determined by the President.