Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Lecturer Time Base Entitlement

This weekly CFA Headlines feature offers a brief “Faculty Rights Tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.

FACULTY RIGHTS TIP:  Lecturer Time Base Entitlement

Article 12 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement contains provisions that promote stability in our workforce and provide valuable protections for lecturers.  These protections are often referred to as “time base entitlements.”  It’s important for faculty to understand how these provisions work, especially lecturers and department chairs.

Term Appointments: Part-time lecturers who are new to the CSU or who have no current accrued time base entitlements in a department may be appointed for a semester, quarter, parts of a year or 1 or more years. (Article 12.3)

One year appointments:  Lecturers who have taught for the CSU for two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters in an academic year must receive one-year appointments at the same time base as that of the previous year, if there is sufficient work available.  (Article 12.3)

Three-year appointments: After teaching one semester or two quarters in each of six consecutive years in a department, Lecturers (excluding coaches) must receive three-year appointments at their current time base entitlement.   (Article 12.12)

In practice it’s easy to remember:

  • After full academic year lecturers are entitled to a 1-year appointment with a time base equal to the previous academic year.
  • After 6 years in single department lecturers (excluding coaches) are eligible for a 3-year appointment based on their 6th year time base.

It’s important to know that time base entitlements are annual & tied to a department. In subsequent three-year appointments entitlements are determined by the lecturer’s time base during the final year of the previous appointment.  Initial and roll-over three-year appointments are issued to eligible lecturers who have received a satisfactory evaluation and have no “documented serious conduct problems.”  

For additional information about lecturer time base entitlements or other faculty rights issues contact your campus faculty rights representative. You can find your campus CFA Chapter Faculty Rights Representative by clicking here.

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