The Faculty Teaching Load
Full-time faculty members spend their time teaching, communicating with students, working with colleagues, performing university service (such as serving on committees or working on departmental projects), developing themselves professionally (for example, by attending professional conferences), and doing research and writing. For full-time faculty, the usual teaching load is 30 faculty credit hours per twelve-month year (typically ten courses). The expectation is that no instructor will teach more than 2 courses (equaling 6 faculty credit hours) per session.
Part-time instructors are employed to function as faculty members for a percentage of a permanent full-time faculty member load (usually not to exceed 75%). In the College of Arts & Sciences, part-time instructors are permitted to teach four courses per semester, or two courses per session. In rare cases (such as a need due to another instructor's illness), an instructor may be asked to teach three courses in a session. Adjunct instructors who are new to Regent University typically do not teach more than one class per session, until they have taught for at least one session. An increase in their teaching load is contingent upon positive evaluations by the department chair and students. A chair may or may not decide to increase the instructor's teaching load, as other factors (such as need) are also considered.
Overloads for full-time faculty need to be approved by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences or the dean's designee for handling faculty loads (Assoc. Dean of the Faculty). Following university practice, overloads may not exceed 25%. Thus, a faculty member teaching 30 credit hours (10 courses) over a twelve-month period may not exceed more than 6 credits (2 courses) as overload. No faculty member should assume that any overload will be approved; decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
From the University Academic and Policy Handbook.