Term Teaching Faculty
Term Teaching Faculty are temporary faculty employed to teach on a non-permanent basis as defined by the Faculty Handbook section B.3.15 Term Teaching Faculty and the Unit 2 Agreement between the University of New Mexico and United Academics-UNM (Unit 2 CBA), Article 12.
Term Teaching Faculty are appointed to teach on a two-semester basis with a minimum appointment of .50 FTE. The Unit 2 CBA, Article 12.B defines the .50 FTE to teaching 4, 3-credit hour classes during the two terms of the academic year. See Unit 2 CBA, Article 12 for complete details as to the Term Teacher appointment minimum requirements.
Term Teacher 9-month base salary is determined from per course pay rate based on the unit’s published pay scale. Term Teacher appointments cannot exceed 1.00 FTE (appointment percent). A Term Teacher may teach additional assignments above those documented in the appointment letter via a teaching overload. Including a teaching overload, a Term Teacher cannot exceed a total 1.25 FTE.
Term Teacher Appointments are effectuated via the Term Teacher Appointment Letter.
In accordance with the Unit 2 CBA, Article 12, Section A, units will endeavor to issue course appointment letters no later than the following schedule:
- Fall Semester: May 15
- Spring Semester: November 15
The Unit 2 CBA does not identify a timeframe for notifying Term Teachers for summer session assignments. It is recommended that Term Teachers teaching over summer session should be provided with their course appointment letter once the teaching assignment has been made.
In accordance with the Unit 2 CBA, Article 12, Section B, adjunct (TPT) faculty who have taught two or more courses in each of the past three academic years may be offered a two-semester term teacher appointment.
Departments are encouraged to use the Term Teacher Appointment Tool to identify TPT who may meet the eligibility requirements.
To initiate a Term Teacher appointment, the department must submit the following documents to OAP:
- Appointment Change Form,
- Term Teacher Appointment Letter, and
- Pay Installment Election Form
Requests for Term Teacher appointments for the AY22/23 must be submitted to OAP via firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 24, 2022.
To continue or extend an existing Term Teacher appointment for an additional Academic Year, the department must submit the following documents to OAP:
- Extend Non-Continuing Faculty Appointment Request Form, and
- Term Teacher Appointment Letter
Requests to extend Term Teacher appointments for the AY22/23 must be submitted to OAP via email@example.com no later than July 24, 2022.
Term Teachers may be eligible for certain UNM benefits. The criteria for benefit eligibility can be found under University Administrative Policy 3600: https://policy.unm.edu/university-policies/3000/3600.html. Information about employee benefits is available from the HR Benefits Office, or the HR Benefits website: https://hr.unm.edu/benefits.
ERB Retirement Benefits
The New Mexico Education Retirement Act (ERA) requires employees who work greater than .25 FTE be automatically enrolled in the defined benefit plan and make required contributions. Details about the ERA are available on the New Mexico Education Retirement Board (NMERB) website. Information regarding retirement plan benefits HR Benefits Office, or the HR Benefits website: https://hr.unm.edu/benefits.
Changes in FTE may impact benefit eligibility or make the faculty member ineligible for certain UNM benefit plan or retirement plan participation.
For more Information about employee benefits is available from the HR Benefits Office, or the HR Benefits Office website:
May a Term Teacher work over 1.00 FTE?
Additional classes taught above the those including the Term Teacher’s appointment letter can be processed as a teaching overload. A Term Teacher’s FTE, including any teaching overloads, cannot exceed 1.25 FTE. Teaching overloads shall be processed via a teaching overload form and submitted via ePAF.
May a Term Teacher perform an administrative assignment?
No. The UNM Faculty Handbook defines term teachers as those who teach on teach on a non-permanent basis. They are limited to instruction.
Is it possible to cancel a Term Teacher contract due low course enrollment?
No. Term teachers are guaranteed the appointment documented in their appointment letter. If a class is cancelled, the department must find alternative teaching or other assignment to meeting FTE requirement.
May term teachers hold appointments in two departments?
Yes, term teachers may hold appointments in two separate departments. The Office for Academic Personnel requires departments to work together to issue term teacher appointment.
Can term teachers teach an additional course in a department other than their home departments?
Yes, the additional course can be processed via a teaching overload form. Departments must coordinate to ensure there isn’t a conflict the Term Teacher’s total FTE cannot exceed 1.25.
What if I want to add a class to the term teacher appointment, do I need to issue a new appointment letter?
No, the additional teaching assignment can be added as a teaching overload using the teaching overload form.