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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Faculty Compensation for Teaching Credit Courses as an Overload : P-055

Policy/Guideline Area

Personnel Guidelines

Applicable Divisions

Community Colleges, Universities


The purpose of this guideline is to establish the procedure for setting faculty compensation for teaching credit courses as an overload at institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


  1. Introduction
    1. Tennessee Board of Regents Policy 5:01:05:00 Outside Employment and Extra Compensation provides that “the minimum rates per credit hour of instruction… must be applied when calculating compensation for extra service for full-time faculty teaching credit courses at community colleges and universities.”
  2. Rates

    A. The rates set forth in this Guideline shall be considered minimum rates for compensation of full-time faculty teaching credit courses in excess of the normal load.

1. Rank                                        Rate per Credit Hour of Instruction

   Full Professor                                  $700

   Associate Professor                         $650

   Assistant Professor                          $600

   Instructor                                         $550

B. The rate per credit hour of instruction refers to the number of credits granted toward the faculty load, which may differ from the number of student credit hours.

1. Faculty often receive more credits for teaching laboratory courses, for example, than they do for non-laboratory courses.


Presidents meeting November 8, 2005.

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