Policy Number: 5.140

Policy Name: Faculty Status

Original Adoption: January 1, 1991

Revised: November 15, 2000

Next Scheduled Review: September 2022

Responsible Cabinet Member: Vice President of Academic Affairs

Department/Office: Division Chairs 


There are four different teaching faculty appointments, and four distinctly different types of contracts issued for teaching.

The first kind of contract is for 9, 10, 11 or 12 months full-time teaching faculty. These faculty are all considered full-time and are in continuing employment, as provided in 8.300. They all receive health, life and disability insurance for the full twelve months of the fiscal year. They all receive full fringe benefits for the period covered by their contracts. Those on twelve-month contracts are on either the administrative calendar or the faculty calendar.

The second type of teaching contract is for overloads for full-time teaching faculty only during their regular contract period in accordance with guidelines mandated by the State of Arkansas. They receive matching for their retirement plan for this extra income by the same formula as income under their regular contract. An approved Salary Schedule for Part-Time and Overload Instruction is the method of compensation.

Next are contracts for part-time instructors. These are issued for specified courses by semester. Compensation is by the Salary Schedule for Part-Time and Overload Instruction, and these instructors earn no fringe benefits except those mandated by State and Federal law. Part-time instructors who are state employees must have concurrent employment approved in advance.

The last type of teaching contract is issued for Summer School Instruction. Compensation is provided by a separate salary schedule approved specifically for summer school employment. These instructors earn no monetary fringe benefits except those mandated by State and Federal law. Full-time teaching faculty who elect to teach in summer school earn sick leave in accordance with Section 8.600 and receive matching for their retirement plan by the same formula as income under their regular contract. Employment during the regular nine-month academic year does not, in any way, imply or obligate the College to employ the faculty member for a summer teaching position. The College does not guarantee any faculty member a summer teaching appointment. Summer school instructors who are state employees, other than full-time teaching faculty, must receive prior approval for concurrent employment.