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Faculty Rights Tip: Reduction in Instructional Assignments for New Probationary Faculty

To assist new probationary faculty to establish their programs of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, and to carry out other activities, CFA successfully bargained a reduction in their assigned teaching workload during the first two probationary years of their appointment.

During the first two years of their probationary period, faculty may only be assigned a maximum of eighteen (18) direct Weighted Teaching Units (WTUs) on a semester campus (normally resulting in the instructional assignment being reduced by two courses per academic year) or a maximum of twenty-four (24) direct Weighted Teaching Units on a quarter campus (normally resulting in the instructional assignment being reduced by three courses per academic year).

This can be found in Article 20.36 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement and that provision was specifically extended through June 2020 in the contract extension agreement of 2017.

If you are a probationary faculty member or a department chair and have questions about workload assignments for probationary faculty, contact your campus CFA chapter Faculty Rights Representative for more information. Click here to find faculty rights advocates on your campus.

If you have questions about a Faculty Rights Tip or would like to suggest a tip, please write us at cfa@calfac.org with the subject line “Faculty Rights Tip.”

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