Impacts of Alternative Academic Calendars on Faculty Contractual Agreements

Topics: Academic Calendar, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs, Faculty Workload, Faculty Affairs

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Summary

As many universities adopt alternative academic calendars to more effectively utilize campus resources year-round, administrators must consider how different academic calendar models affect faculty contracts and work expectations. This report outlines three different models of year-round academic calendars, advantages and disadvantages to each model, and subsequent faculty contract structures.

Research Questions

  • What models of alternative academic calendars are in place at other institutions and what are the advantages and disadvantages to these alternative models?
  • How do various models of academic calendars affect traditional faculty contractual agreements?
  • How are non-contractual periods (e.g., summer and intersessions) treated with respect to work expectations and additional compensation?