Faculty Rights Tip: Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students

Article 20.37 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement provides for:

“assigned time to faculty employees who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU’s priorities, but who are not otherwise receiving an adjustment in workload to reflect their effort.”

This provision was a major achievement in our last round of bargaining and is a recognition by the CSU that some faculty are providing exceptional levels of service to students but are not receiving workload relief for this effort.

“Assigned time from this pool may be awarded for student mentoring, advising, and outreach, especially as these activities support underserved, first\generation, and/or underrepresented students; the development and implementation of high\impact educational practices; curricular redesign intended to improve student access and success; service to the department, college, university, or community that goes significantly beyond the normal expectations of all faculty; assignment to courses where increases to enrollment have demonstrably increased workload; and other extraordinary forms of service to students.”

The article was carried forward with our recent contract extension and many campuses are currently considering applications from faculty.  Each campus developed their own criteria and procedures so the deadlines and application procedures will vary from campus to campus.

All faculty, counselors, librarians, and coaches are eligible to apply.

CFA Bargaining Team Chair Kevin Wehr says, “In bargaining for this provision, we were particularly mindful of the ‘cultural taxation’ of faculty of color and LGBT faculty in serving students. Students of color, LGBT students, and first-generation students often look to faculty who are like them for advising, assistance, and supervision, and the administration has traditionally failed to recognize the importance and value of this work.”

CFA encourages you to seek out the criteria and application process on your campus and apply for this assigned time.

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See previous Faculty Rights Tips on a range of topics in our contract.

Finally, CFA has embarked on an anti-racism and social justice transformation this year. To that end, we have been holding meetings to talk with faculty and will continue to offer trainings and workshops on Unconscious Bias. Contact your CFA chapter leaders to learn more.