Summer Pay

Policy on Summer Pay

[Passed October 15, 1998]


Continuation of academic program offerings into the Summer term has traditionally been based on the needs of the students. Regular faculty contracts, which are offered for a nine-month term, include no assurance of Summer term teaching. Instead, assignments of Summer teaching are based on student need as determined by the department and approved by the Academic Dean or Director and the Vice President of Academic Affairs (See Faculty Handbook, Employment Policies, Summer Semester Teaching and Compensation).

Under the quarter system, VSU faculty were paid 10% of their nine-month contract for each five-hour course taught during the summer. As the University converts to a semester system, it needs uniform guidelines to govern courses taught by faculty members with regular contracts during summer terms.

Policy Particulars

1. Faculty in the University System of Georgia are hired for a nine-month contract. Employment during the Summer term is not guaranteed. Faculty employed by the University to teach during the Summer term will receive a contract covering their services for the University.

2. The normal teaching load for VSU faculty during the fall and spring semesters is eight courses (i.e., 24 class contact hours) or their equivalent. The rate for summer employment for faculty is at least 10% of the person's current nine-month salary for each three-semester-hour course. (Courses taught with more or fewer hours will be prorated based on 10% for three-hour classes.)

3. In most circumstances faculty will not be contracted to teach more than a six-hour load. The primary exception will be those faculty who have officially notified the University that they are retiring. Where feasible, retiring faculty would be permitted to teach up to a nine-hour course load the three Summer semesters prior to retirement.

4. Summer term courses are offered first to full-time faculty who are qualified to teach them. In the event that current full-time faculty are unavailable or not qualified to teach a summer offering, the University can contract with a qualified person from the community.