Faculty rights tip of the week: Health Benefits for Part-Time Faculty

This is a new feature for the CFA Headlines. CFA will run regularly a brief “faculty rights tip” or short information piece about the faculty contract.


Part-time lecturers and coaches qualify for health benefits through the CalPERS system if they are appointed for 6 WTUs or more for one semester (on semester campuses) or two consecutive quarters (on quarter campuses).

32.2  Eligible lecturers and coaches in academic year classifications who are appointed for at least six (6) Weighted Teaching Units (i.e., 0.4 time base) for at least one (1) semester or two (2) or more consecutive quarters shall be eligible to receive health benefits offered through the CalPERS system for the life of this Agreement.

Other part-time faculty qualify for benefits with half-time employment for 6 months.

Qualifying employment includes work in more than one department and at more than one campus, even a semester and a quarter campus, as long as the duration requirements are satisfied.

If you are combining employment on more than one campus for benefits eligibility, you should check with both campuses to make sure all of your work is counted.

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