The debate over a proposed California law limiting the overtime of full-time instructors at community colleges is shedding light on how commonly professors take on extra, paid classroom work, and the financial and educational costs of their doing so.
At colleges around the nation, full-time faculty members routinely sign up for “overloads”—paid teaching or service work beyond what is covered by their salaries—as a means of increasing their earnings or helping their institutions deal with instructional demands.
Although most colleges place limits on how much extra work their professors can do—in many cases making it difficult for them to teach more than an extra class or two during the traditional academic year—bans on overloads are rare.
Overloads, however, are becoming increasingly controversial, both as an educational matter—with some administrators worried about professors’ taking on more work than they can do well—and as a bread-and-butter concern dividing part-time and full-time faculty members who are competing for the same work. <Read more.>