Hillsborough Community College publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters in the Agreement Between the HCC District Board of Trustees and the Faculty United Service Association (FUSA contract Article 8, p. 32), Academic Affairs Handbook, and Institutional Advisory Council and College Advisory Councils' IAC Bylaws. Responsibilities are divided into Primary Responsibilities and Other Responsibilities. Further, faculty are expected to participate in various committees that contribute to the governance of the College.
In accordance with the laws of the State of Florida (Florida Statute Chapter 1012.82), each full-time HCC faculty member must teach a minimum of 15 classroom contact hours per week. An instructional faculty member who is offered and accepts a College Year contract is required to teach 150 load points (or its equivalent) during two terms and 120 load points (or its equivalent) each third term, for a total of 420 load points. In accredited Health Science programs, the College reserves the right to require employees on a basic year contract to teach at one and one-half times the overload rate during the summer, or part thereof. Each faculty member must post and maintain two office hours per week for each 30 load points to allow for student access.
Faculty members must participate with other faculty members in their discipline to develop, revise, and implement courses or programs. Each faculty member is responsible for maintaining records, preparing for classes, grading papers, evaluating textbooks, and maintaining professional competence. Each faculty member must attend Academic Curriculum Cluster Meetings.
Committees Contributing to the Academic and Governance Matters of the Hillsborough Community College
By contract (FUSA Contract Article 6.21, p. 27), standing advisory committees are maintained to prepare recommendations for the HCC President or designee. Administrators and staff members may be non-voting members of these committees.
Faculty driven committees include:
- Academic Affairs
- Fourteen Academic Clusters
Other committees requiring faculty participation include:
- Academic Standards
- Institutional Advisory Committee (IAC)
- Campus Advisory Council (CAC)
- Program Review
- Faculty Credential Committee
- Faculty Development
- Instructional Technology
- Professional Rank
- Sabbatical Leave
- Student Success, Retention, and Placement
HCC faculty members enjoy great responsibility and authority in College academic and governance matters through these committees. For example, the faculty-driven Academic Affairs Committee is the primary mechanism for the development and modification of HCC's academic programs and courses (Academic Affairs Handbook). Further examples of faculty contributing to the governance of HCC are the IAC and CACs (By-laws of each campus and sample IAC agenda and minutes). Through their participation in such advisory committees, HCC faculty members are empowered to bring areas of concern to the attention to the campus officials and on to College-wide officials as appropriate .