Teaching Overload and Extra Compensation

Course Overload Guidelines

To ensure quality course delivery and balanced faculty responsibilities in areas of teaching, scholarship/research, and service, the following course overload guidelines are recommended:

  • In general, the faculty member (including those with course releases due to other university-related responsibilities) may teach a maximum of one 3-credit course (or equivalent) overload per semester (on campus or elsewhere such as UP, WC or any other non-Penn State locations). The overload will be compensated at the adjunct faculty rate/credit or be offset with a reduced teaching load of the same number of credits in a future semester, as negotiated. Faculty must complete Supplementary II Compensation Form prior to accepting an overload assignment on campus or elsewhere, such as at UP, WC, or any non-Penn State location. Faculty who wish to teach at another institution must adhere to AD-77 and AC-80.  
  • With exceptions for special cases, faculty may teach up to 6 credits (or equivalent) in one semester with prior approval of the campus academic officer. 
  • In no circumstance should the faculty member teach more than 6 credits (or equivalent) overload per semester. 

Extra Compensation Policy

Supplementary I Compensation (summer) should not exceed 33% of the faculty’s base salary, and Supplementary II Compensation (academic year) should not exceed 20% of the faculty’s annualized salary. In exceptionally well justified cases, exceptions can be made and require prior approval from the chancellor. 
(Sources: Policy RA64—Personnel Costs and Supplementary Compensation information

Extra Compensation Approval Procedure for Course Reviewing/Revising (BSBIC Program)

Purpose: To establish and outline the Supplementary I & II Compensation approval process.

  1. Pre-consultation. Before recommending a faculty member to review/revise a course in the program, the program coordinator will consult with the academic officer at the campus to assess if the 33%/20% compensation limits would be exceeded.
    1. If YES, the limits would be exceeded, then the academic officer may:
      1. decline to move the recommendation forward, or
      2. readjust the faculty course load, so the extra compensation is within the limit and then approve the recommendation, or
      3. in exceptionally well justified cases, approve an overload that exceeds the 33%/20% compensation limits.
    2. If NO, the limits would not be exceeded, then move to the next step. 
  2. Signing agreement/contract. Four signature lines on the form include the signatures from 1) World Campus, 2) faculty member, 3) campus academic officer, and 4) OVPCC (Note the second opportunity for the campus to review the extra compensation limit).