This guiding principle is intended to ensure that quality in offered courses remains high and that faculty have time to remain current in both their subject area and technology, adequate time to meet with individual students, and time to grade substantive written work.

Additional information pertaining to the campus policy: Office of Faculty Affairs: Administrative Faculty Positions

Academic Teaching Allowances by Faculty Title

Tenure-Track & Instructional Faculty

Full-time tenured, tenure-track, and instructional faculty may teach one additional course per semester above the standard teaching expectation for their department, including courses taught on all CU campuses and through Continuing Education with one exception.

* Self-paced courses taught through Continuing Education do not count against teaching limits. Faculty members holding Chair/Director and Associate Chair/Director appointments are not eligible for overloads.

Lecturer

Lecturers may teach up to three courses, or the equivalent up to 9 credit hours total, each semester including courses taught on all CU campuses and through Continuing Education.

* Self-paced courses taught through Continuing Education do not count against teaching limits.

Staff

University Staff are required to request approval from their supervisors, the Dean's Office and the Office of Faculty Affairs before additional pay for teaching duties will be allowed. All regular job duties of the staff member must be performed. This may be requested semester-by-semester, or on an academic year basis. Normally no more than one course per academic year will be allowed for full-time employees.

When requesting that a classified staff member accept a teaching appointment, a written request by the Chair/Director must be sent to the Dean for approval via email each semester or academic year that a classified staff member will be teaching. 

Summer Session Teaching Allowances

Summer Session teaching appointments normally will be approved for no more than one course during any single Summer Session. Concurrent course teaching in overlapping terms is discouraged. In those cases in which a faculty member is teaching a one-credit hour course (such as a field study, seminar or lab course), the faculty member may elect to teach up to three, one-credit courses during a Summer Session term.

Administrative Appointments

Faculty on administrative appointments (Chair, Faculty Director, Associate Chair, etc.) often are given some form of teaching release in order to handle the increased service workload. Faculty members holding Chair and Associate Chair appointments are not eligible for overloads.

Grant Funded Course Buy-Outs

Faculty using grant funds to buy-out of a course may not be paid for overloads.